Daventry need more goals if they are to survive

Daventry Town striker Tommy Berwick
Daventry Town striker Tommy Berwick

Daventry Town’s luck again held good last weekend when seven of the bottom eight clubs tasted defeat in the Southern League’s Central Division One.

Only Uxbridge were successful on a day when the Purple Army’s 1-0 reversal at Barton Rovers was copied by Northwood, Bedford Town, Leighton Town, Beaconsfield SYCOB, North Greenford United and AFC Hayes.

Currently averaging less than a goal-a-game at step four level, Daventry have scored less league goals than all their opponents apart from bottom-of-the-table Hayes.

This Saturday the Town reach the halfway point in a troubled campaign when they go to St Ives - who include ex-Town man Kieron Fitzgerald in their ranks, and he is still Daventry’s top scorer this season!

What a difference a year makes. At a similar stage in 2013 Darran Foster’s men had 40 points in the bag and were seemingly well on the way towards clinching the Division One Central title.

This time around, only 23 points have been secured and a relegation battle is on the cards as the management team of Allan Smart and Ady Fuller struggle to cope with a restricted playing budget.

Fitzgerald’s last goal for Town came back in October yet, with half a dozen strikes, he remains one ahead of Tom Berwick with the also-departed Josh O’Grady on the four mark. Only Berwick who has converted three penalties, remains on the payroll as Daventry face up to their lowest league placing in five seasons of Southern League football.

Currently still 15th thanks to the shortcomings of the other stragglers, Daventry finished third (under Fuller), 14th (Mark Kinsella), eighth and fourth with Foster in charge at Communications Park.

Not a single Browns Road player appears among the names of the Central Division’s top 25 marksmen with the frontrunners continuously hampered by shortcomings in midfield.

Lewis Putman (17) and David Kolodynski (14) continue to lead the way despite both recently changing clubs. Putman scored his first goal for Aylesbury United in the 5-3 weekend win over Northwood.

Meanwhile Kolodynski recently left Rugby Town for champions-elect Kettering.

Regarding the relegation dogfight, fingers have to be kept crossed that Daventry have enough points in hand to stay clear of annual strugglers North Greenford and Hayes.