Daventry boss Smart unhappy as Town slump to Godalming defeat

HIGH CLIMBERS - Daventry Town clear their defensive lines during the defeat to Godalming last Saturday (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

HIGH CLIMBERS - Daventry Town clear their defensive lines during the defeat to Godalming last Saturday (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

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Daventry Town boss Allan Smart hit out at his players for their poor performance in the second half of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Godalming in the Southern League Division One Central.

A poor second half performance in which Town conceded two goals in the space of six minutes settled the match, despite Godalming scoring an own goal after some industrious wing play from Daventry striker Tommy Berwick.

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Daventry introduced two new signings to the squad, centre back Jamal Clarke on dual-registration with Rushden & Diamonds, and full-back Craig McKay from North London club Cockfosters.

Smart was happy with how his team started, but admitted: “It was a poor 45 minutes and it’s probably disappointed me more than any other time.

“In fairness to the lads they competed well in the first half but were undone too easily in the second.

“I feel this was the strongest team we have played so far, but on the day we didn’t contribute going forward as much as I would have liked.

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“In the first half we competed very well and never gave anything up without a fight, that pleased me most about our performance, but we want that for 90 minutes. That’s what Ady Fuller and I will be working on over the coming weeks.

“It is a constant balancing act getting the right mix between youth and experience and we have to expect the younger lads to dip occasionally.

“We are possibly two players short at the present time, but it was good to welcome back Ryan Howell who has been out for several weeks.

“He has been like a new signing for us and has been welcomed back to the squad warmly by all of the lads.”

There were very few chances of note for either side in the first half, the best opportunity for Daventry coming from a fantastic volley from Jack Howard which unfortunately fell onto the top of the goal from twenty yards out.

Daventry centre back Ricky Hill was also called upon to clear the ball off his own goal line after Godalming threatened to break the deadlock. Josh Blake also made a brave block from striker Graeme Purdy.

Godalming broke the deadlock early in the second half after Josh Blake tried to allow the ball to run out for a goal kick but Marco Micaletto managed to get his foot to the ball and provide a cross for Purdy to get his shot across keeper Ben Heath at his near post and put the G’s ahead.

Worse was to come for Daventry as G’s scored again just five minutes later, Tom Willment rising high to send a powerful header back beyond a desperate Ben Heath to give the Surrey side a two goal cushion.

Berwick briefly gave Daventry Town some hopes of a point from the contest when breaking down the right his fierce cross was turned in past his own keeper by goal scorer Tom Willment on 67mins!

Berwick had one last chance to force an equaliser but his delicate chip over the keeper fell too far of the goal nestling onto the roof of the Godalming net minutes before G’s Nick Hutchings wrapped up the contest for Godalming with a fine strike with seven minutes remaining.

The next two matches for Daventry Town are at Barton Rovers this Saturday and against St Ives Town on Saturday, December 13.

Match Facts

Daventry Town 1 Godalming Town 3

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Competition: Southern League Central Division

Location: Communications Park, Daventry

Daventry Town: Ben Heath, Ashley Deeney, Josh Blake, Ryan Zidyana, Ricky Hill, Jamal Clarke, Jack Howard (Joe DeBayo 80mins), Sam Bello – Balogun (Craig McKay 60mins), Tommy Berwick, Jamie Calvin, Ryan Howell. Subs: not used – Fred Ayebare

Cards: Ryan Zidyana 40mins, Ryan Howell 61mins

Scorers: Daventry: Tom Willment (OG) 67mins Godalming: Graeme Purdy 56mins, Tom Willment 62mins and Nick Hutchings 83mins.

Manager’s man of the match: Ryan Howell

Attendance: 121