Daventry boss Smart taking the positives despite defeat

Daventry Town boss Allan Smart
Daventry Town boss Allan Smart

A goal in each half from Paul Edgeworth and Shaun Owens was enough for Aylesbury United to take all three points as 10-man Daventry Town lost 2-0 at Leighton Buzzard.

Neither team were dominant in the first half but United went ahead right on half time through Edgeworth.

Daventry created chances early in the second half but the dismissal of substitute Howard Forinton on the hour mark seriously dented any hopes Daventry Town had of getting back in the game.

Forinton was given a straight red for kicking out at a United player, just seven minutes after coming onto the field in place of Ryan Powell.

Aylesbury scored their second on 75 minutes, Owens netting a loose ball at the second attempt from a Jake Bewley cross beating Ben Heath with a powerful shot to his right.

Daventry Town manager Allan Smart thought his team were unlucky to go in a goal down at half time,

“It was a bad time to lose the first goal as up until that point there wasn’t much between the two sides,” said Smart. “But the first goal was always going to be important. I thought the lads were very committed and tried to compete throughout the match. When everyone is doing that you have to pat them on the back and keep them positive.”

Daventry started well and Tommy Berwick smashed a cannon of a shot against the underside of the crossbar.

Heath was forced to gather the ball at the feet of Jason Blackett in two different incidents, firstly as Josh Blake struggled to clear the ball from inside his own penalty area and as Blackett was about to shoot, bravely smothering the ball at his feet.

Daventry were unlucky to go behind on the stroke of half time, but both Jack Howard and Sam Bello-Balogun went close within minutes of the second half starting.

Daventry were competing well and there wasn’t much between the two sides, but the sending off of Forinton gave United an advantage.

Forinton was given a straight red for ‘violent conduct’, and will now miss the two games at Barton Rovers and St Ives Town and the home match v AFC Hayes.

Town manager Smart didn’t see the clash but said: “It was an alleged off the ball incident which I didn’t see as it was way down in the bottom corner.

“When I spoke to Howard after the game he said the referee had accused him of kicking out at an Aylesbury player.

“I think the sending off came at a bad time because we had built up a good bit of momentum, but I was pleased with how the lads dug in and worked hard.

“We really missed the communication of the experienced lads such as Ian King and Aaron Parkinson.

“Going into the game we felt that the centre backs would have to be solid. If we can add more experience to the squad we will be a lot happier.

“We will go again, get our heads up and look to be competitive in the next match and perhaps be a bit more street wise.”

Despite going 2-0 down to Owens’ goal, 10-man Daventry Town continued to create chances, but couldn’t take them.

On Saturday Daventry are back at Communications Park when they entertain Godalming Town (3pm) Some good news for Daventry is that midfielder Ryan Howell should return after recovering from his medial knee ligament problem.

Match Facts

Aylesbury United 2 Daventry Town 0

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Southern League Division One Central

Location: Bell Close, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Daventry Town: Ben Heath, Ashley Deeney, Josh Blake, Ryan Zidyana, Joe DeBayo, Ricky Hill, Jack Howard (Harry Southern 87mins) Sam Bello – Balogun, Tommy Berwick, Jamie Calvin (Kafele Morgan 88mins), Ryan Powell (Howard Forinton 56mins). Subs not used – Fred Ayebare

Cards: Red - Howard Forinton 63mins dangerous play

Scorers: United: Paul Edgeworth 45mins, Shaun Owens 75mins

Man of the Match: Sam Bello-Balogun

Attendance: 134