Daventry Town’s automatic promotion fate is no longer in their own hands following Thursday night’s damaging 4-1 defeat at Egham in the Southern League Division One Central.
Town will now go in to their final match at home on Saturday, knowing that even if they beat Chalfont St Peter, they will not win the league title - unless leaders Dunstable and second-placed Rugby both drop points.
Having suffered their worst league defeat this season at Egham, winning the title is now out of Daventry’s hands, and a game in the play–off semi-finals next Tuesday will be the outcome if other results do not go their way.
It has been a terrible week for Darran Foster’s men, who went into the Easter weekend knowing that two wins from their remaining four games played in the space of eight days would guarantee the title.
But a 0-0 home draw with Royston on Saturday, was followed nby a 2-0 reverse at Kettering Town on Easter Monday, before Wednesday’s collapse at Egham.
The simple facts are, if Dunstable Town beat Uxbridge on Saturday then they will win the league,
If Rugby Town better Dunstable’s result, then they will be champions.
For Daventry to become champions, they must better the results of both Dunstable and Rugby.
Kettering Town are also still in the mix if they win their final game at North Greenford, and Dunstable lose, and Rugby and Daventry drop points!
For the final play-off place, Slough must equal or better Barton Rovers’ result on the final day of the season.
Four teams now have a serious chance of winning the Southern League Division One Central title, and any two of six teams are still in contention for promotion!
At Egham, Daventry went ahead in the 14th minute, a goal from Luke Keen settling the early nerves, but that was as good as it got.
By half time The Sarnies had equalised through Mo Harkin.
The start to the second half was delayed by 25 minutes as one of the assistant referees was unwell, and an ambulance was called to take him to hospital.
The disruption didn’t seem to do Daventry any favours, and the second half saw Daventry concede three more goals and striker Scott Cross was also sent off with five minutes remaining after collecting two cautions in as many minutes.
Losing to Egham was a hugely disappointing result, but Daventry still have a chance of winning the league and must go for all three points against Chalfont St Peter, then hope other results go their way. If not automatic promotion, the play–offs provide another opportunity.
This has been a fantastic season for Daventry Town, and it could still be a promotion winning season!
Egham is History, Chalfont is the next game, and so is the most important game for the club!
Key final day fixtures:
Dunstable v Uxbridge, AFC Hayes v Rugby, Daventry v Chalfont St Peter, North Greenford v Kettering Town
Egham Town 4 Daventry Town 1
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Southern League Division One Central
Location: Runnymede Stadium, Egham, Surrey
Daventry: Richard Morris, Ollie Wilkinson, Tom James, Marcel Simpson, Liam Dolman (Captain), James Husband, Ross Oulton, Ryan Howell, Josh Blake, Josh O`Grady, Luke Keen
Subs: Ashley Deeney, Scott Cross, Mykel Beckley, Adam Confue, Guy Sanders
Scorers: Daventry Town: Luke Keen 14mins Egham Town: Mo Harkin 29mins, Josh Andrew 54/66mins, Reis Stanislaus 90+2
In the book: Red: Scott Cross (Two yellows 85/86mins)
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