Daventry Town boss Darran Foster branded his team’s performance as ‘totally unacceptable’ following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Chalfont St Peter.
Town took a 14th-minute lead in the match through striker Ashley Robinson, but from then on in were frustrated as the hosts hit back to claim a share of the spoils.
“I can’t beat about the bush, the performance was totally unacceptable and we need to get it right quickly,” moaned Foster.
“We always knew we could have a barren spell, how we react to it will determine the direction we move in the next few weeks.
“The performance at Chalfont was flat and boring, which is not the way we usually play.
“We never worked hard enough and didn’t deserve to win the game.
“Apart from Luke Keen hitting the woodwork twice and a couple a snap shots, we never really created much at all.
“We have lacked pace since Mykel Beckley has been out injured and he is still some weeks away from returning to the squad.
“So I have made seven day approaches for a couple of wingers to try and help freshen things up.
“The point at St Ives was deserved, we played well but got no luck in the game.
“But we dropped two points at Chalfont and I was surprised at our low level of performance in that game.
“The lads are very disappointed by their recent performances and realise the importance of the next few matches.
“We need to get back to winning matches by playing good quality football as soon as possible, I have every confidence the lads can get back to winning ways.”
Top scorer Robinson had scrambled the ball over the line to give Town the lead.
Daventry came close to increasing their lead six minutes later, a cross from Tom James was headed goal wards by new striker Luke Keen, making his first start, but unfortunately it hit the post.
Foster was forced to make an early substitution after only 30 minutes, Guy Sanders being replaced by Marcel Simpson after the Daventry skipper had complained of a thigh strain.
Both sides came out looking stronger in the second half, Danilson Vicente having a shot deflected high over the bar for a corner and winger Romaine Walker put a shot well wide, with only Daventry keeper Richard Morris to beat!
Ryan Howell thought he had done enough to put his name on the score sheet, but a fingertip save by keeper Michael Simagnon, turned the ball away from the goal line.
Striker Leon Osie powered a shot across the Daventry goal and Saints defender Terrell Lewis put a header over his own crossbar.
Keen then produced the highlight of the game, running left of the goal, he bought a difficult high ball under control with one touch, took a few paces forward then hit a thunderous strike which hit the bar.
The Saints kept going and equalised after 75 minutes through Gareth Paxton.
Oulton had the chance to steal all three points for Daventry but his drive went narrowly wide.
This Saturday Daventry host Aylesbury at Communications Park in their final match before Christmas.
Daventry then visit Rugby on Boxing Day before hosting Kettering Town on January 1.
Town’s scheduled fixture at AFC Hayes on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Chalfont St Peter 1 Daventry Town 1
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Calor League Division One Central
Daventry: Richard Morris, Ashley Deeney, Tom James, Liam Dolman, Guy Sanders (Simpson 28mins), Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Neil King (Blake 90mins), Ashley Robinson (Lorraine 70mins), Luke Keen, Ryan Howell.
Scorer: Ashley Robinson (14mins)
MOM: Luke Keen
In the book: Ross Oulton (90mins)