Beckley shines as Daventry Town get season off to dream start

HAPPY MAN - Daventry Town boss Darran Foster
HAPPY MAN - Daventry Town boss Darran Foster

Daventry Town are the early leaders of Calor Southern League Division One Central after thrashing Ashford Town 5-2 in their opener at Communications Park.

Town went two goals ahead, but gave away two simple goals to allow their opponents to draw level. Daventry roared back as they scored another three to send the Purple Army home happy.

The windy conditions played their part in the game too, the ball being blown across the pitch, making it difficult for players to judge the flight of the ball.

Ross Oulton had a free-kick turned over the bar by keeper Paul McCarthy and Adam Confue was unlucky to hit the crossbar after a series of wayward shots from the Daventry forwards.

Town went ahead after 40 minutes, Deqwon Ebanks smashing the ball past the Ashford keeper after Mykel Beckley headed the ball down into his path, to score his first goal for the club.

Daventry Town keeper Richard Morris made a good save just before half-time, with both fists punching away a shot from winger Mark Bitmead.

Daventry went 2-0 up with a fine individual goal from Ross Oulton. Daventry appeared to be in control of the game at this stage, but for two uncharacteristic mistakes from the Daventry defence.

Confusion between keeper Morris and defenders Joe Coleman, then Liam Dolman, allowed winger Samad Kali to steal two goals within a space of five minutes.

Kali was allowed to drift in between defenders and goalkeeper to chip the ball over the head of Morris on both occasions.

Having lost their two-goal lead, Daventry soon found themselves a player light as full-back Joe Coleman received a second yellow for tugging back Kali, who was looking to break forward.

Daventry midfielder Adam Confue also went into the referee’s book for a foul on Rob Curtis shortly afterwards.

The Purple Army suddenly went quiet, having lost a two-goal lead and had a player sent off. But Town got their noses back in front when Beckley turned in Neil King’s free-kick.

Man-of the-match Beckley then had a hand in Town’s fourth, running across goal just as a free-kick from King was struck, obstructing the keeper’s vision. It was enough to make McCarthy fumble the ball and allow it to cross the line.

Town’s dream start to the season was finally completed with substitute Scott Cross scoring with his only touch of the game in added time.

Daventry Town go to Aylesbury FC on Tuesday and are at Northwood on Saturday.