Daventry ready to up bid to secure deal for defender Parkinson

Arron Parkinson
Arron Parkinson

Daventry Town are expected to re-double their efforts to take back former club captain Arron Parkinson after centre half Craig McKay was sent-off for the second time in four games at Bedworth on New Year’s Day.

The Purple Army’s fourth red card in as many matches put a dampeener on the otherwise excellent 4-2 win over the promotion-chasing Greenbacks on the £600,000 3G pitch at The Oval.

McKay was dismissed on his recent debut at St Ives, but now faces a four-match ban for this latest indiscretion which resulted from a midfield foul late in the game.

Both Ben Farrell and substitute Ryan Howell also received their marching orders in the 1-0 defeat by champions-elect Kettering Town, so the Browns Road club could be skating on thin ice with the FA.

Meanwhile Parkinson (34) has already made one ‘guest’ appearance for the Town this season when not required by UCL leaders AFC Rushden and Diamonds, in the 2-1 home win over North Greenford.

Often confined to the Rushden substitutes’ bench in recent weeks, he would be an ideal experienced addition to a Daventry defence which has looked solid since Allan Smart and Ady Fuller took charge.

‘Parky’ led Daventry to the Southern League play-offs at the first attempt in 2011 after scoring what appeared to be a title-winning goal at Arlesey in the early April. Unfortunately a six-point deduction then put paid to that. The points were taken away because Tom Berwick had played earlier on whilst unregistered.

Now the striker is back in the news after ending his fifth spell at Communications Park. Finding himself named as a substitute at Bedworth, Berwick returned home before the kick-off to bring to an end his on-off relationship with the Daventry club.

Rushden & Diamonds will be the next port of call for a talented player who scored more than 150 goals for the Town in his heyday.

Rugby Town’s 6-0 demolition of Egham was the only Division One Central game to go-ahead after heavy rainfall last Friday night when Parkinson had already been lined up to play at Aylesbury as his parent club was again without a fixture.

His inclusion this coming weekend alongside talented Oxford United loan signing Robbie Cundy would give the Town a major boost for the home game with Chalfont St Peter.

Only the Poppies so far this season have done the double over Daventry, but the Saints can add to the list if repeating the 4-1 win in Smart’s first match in charge of the Purple Army.

Daventry fielded half a team of academy players on that occasion and look much better equipped to prevent a repeat performance by Chalfont in a couple of days’ time.