Daventry aiming to get back to winning ways at struggling Ashford

BIG MOMENT - Josh O'Grady is mobbed after scoring Daventry's late, late equaliser against Slough on Saturday, and (below) Ashley Robinson hammers home his spectacular opener (Pictures: Nigel Foster)
BIG MOMENT - Josh O'Grady is mobbed after scoring Daventry's late, late equaliser against Slough on Saturday, and (below) Ashley Robinson hammers home his spectacular opener (Pictures: Nigel Foster)

Daventry Town will be aiming to claim their first win in three matches when they travel to rock-bottom Ashford Town tonight (Tues).

Darran Foster’s men have endured a difficult few days, as they followed up last Thursday’s 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Kettering Town with a 2-2 draw with Slough at Communications Park on Saturday.

Town are still very well placed in Calor League Division One Central, and will go into tonight’s game buoyed by the fact they did at least salvage a point from Saturday’s encounter.

Slough, who are just one place below Daventry in the table in fourth, were leading 2-1 deep into stoppage time at the end of the game, before substitute Josh O’Grady popped up with the crucial late, late leveller for Foster’s title chasers.

Ashley Robinson had earlier fired Daventry ahead with a spectacular volley, but Slough hit back with two goals of their own to lead until O’Grady’s late intervention.

The point gained meant that Daventry stayed third in the table, with their promotion fate very much in their own hands as they trail leaders Rugby Town by eight points with five games in hand.

Manager Foster felt his team were deserving of their late equaliser against Slough.

“I felt we thoroughly deserved to get something out of this game, after all it was our fourth game in seven days,” said the Daventry manager.

“The lads stuck at their jobs well and worked tirelessly until the final whistle.

“We knew that Slough Town were going to be a very tough team to beat, they have only lost one of their past 10 matches, including a 4 – 0 thrashing of Dunstable Town, a few weeks ago.”

And he added: “A lot will be said about our late, late goal but once Slough had scored their second goal, they did everything they could to waste time.

“Even one of their managers kicked the ball away to slow us down!

“I fely the officials contributed to both of the goals we conceded.

“The referee gave a handball against Ryan Howell even though he was 10 yards away in the lead up to the first, so could clearly not see it.

“Then for the second a Slough player stepped over the ball, when clearly in an offside position, to distract our keeper, but the linesman kept his flag down.

“In these situations you rely on the officials getting the decisions correct, but I was pretty sure this one had a bad arm and could not raise his flag.

“I felt this was a very important point as I believe Slough will play a major part in the outcome of this league.

“They still have matches against Rugby Town and Barton Rovers to come. A draw was a fair result and we move on with confidence to our remaining fixtures.

“We are just one of five or six clubs who have ambitions of winning this league.”

Tonight’s trip to Ashford is great opportunity for Daventry to get back to winning ways.

The Middlesex side are rock bottom of Division One Central, having won just three times all season.

But they are currently on a five-match unbeaten run - four of them being draws - and a fortnight ago were 3-1 winners over Leighton, which is their only win in their past 27 fixtures, a run stretching back to September last year.

Darran Foster quotes courtesy of Jim Davis