Boss Darran Foster says his Daventry Town team are now concentrating on sealing a home tie in the promotion play-offs - but he hasn’t yet given up on claiming the Southern League Division One Central title as the pressure switches to rivals Dunstable and Rugby.
Daventry’s title hopes were dealt a massive blow on Wednesday night when they lost 4-1 at Egham, a result that means Town are now relying on leaders Dunstable and second-placed Rugby Town slipping up in this weekend’s final round of fixtures.
Town entertain Chalfont St Peter at Communications Park on Saturday and will still win the title if they win and Dunstable and Rugby drop points, and Foster admits he is now looking forward to seeing how those two clubs cope with the pressure of being promotion favourites.
“The pressure now moves to Dunstable and Rugby in their games with AFC Hayes and Uxbridge,” said Foster.
“Maybe they will now feel the tension and weight of expectation.
“Our focus is firmly on securing three points against Chalfont to make sure we have a home tie in the play-offs.”
Daventry have crumbled under the pressure of being seen as title favourites, managing to claim just one point from the past nine available to them.
They only drew 0-0 at home to Royson last Saturday, lost 2-0 at Kettering on Easter Monday and then collapsed at Egham in midweek.
And Foster says he felt all of the talk about Town winning the league was ‘embarrassing’, and that it inspired their opponents to raise their performances.
“Maybe now people will realise that no title is ever won until the trophy is in your hands,” said the Daventry manager.
“To be honest, all the talk about us being title favourites has been a little embarrassing, and just fuels the fire for other teams to make sure it does not happen.
“It is not an excuse as we were not good enough at Egham, but I can guarantee it did not help.”
Quotes courtesy of JIM DAVIS