Daventry Town boss Darran Foster couldn’t contain his delight at drawing an away trip to Sky Bet League Two high-flyers Chesterfield in the FA Cup first round.
The November 9 trip is the reward for their emphatic 6-1 final qualifying round win over Hartley Wintney on Saturday.
“It is a magnificent draw,” said Foster. “Going to any league club would have been a big challenge, and to go to a club which is flying near the top of league two is going to be even tougher, but it should be a cracking game.
“Playing a league side away from home in the FA Cup in front of thousands of football fans at a brand new stadium, will be a fantastic experience for everyone involved with Daventry Town Football Club and the town of Daventry.
“The lads deserve this.
“They have worked very hard to get this far in the competition, and so we shall go and give it our best shot.
“We are massive under dogs, but the lads can go out and enjoy the day.
“The FA Cup has a history full of giant killings, this year some club will create headlines, and it could be us!”
It will be the first time Daventry Town have played a competitive game against a Football League club in its 127-year history.
The ‘Purple Army’ will travel to the Proact Stadium on November 9, hoping to produce a major FA Cup shock.
Daventry had to come from a goal down at Hartley Wintney, the home side scoring through an early opportunistic strike from Eliot Hobden.
But Daventry scored three times in a devastating six-minute spell through Ryan Howell, Ashley Robinson and skipper Liam Dolman, who stroked home a penalty.
That scoring spree effectively ended the game as a contest.
Three further goals from Tom Lorraine, Adam Confue and Neil King sealed the victory, sending home a large army of travelling supporters happy.
Daventry had created the first real opportunity on goal; a fine ball from Ross Oulton found Tom Lorraine, whose shot went wide of the far post.
After Hobden’s 35-yard strike, which bounced down and in off the cross bar, to put Hartley ahead, Howell scored a peach of a goal, placing his shot well beyond the reach of keeper Craig Atkinson, to level the scores.
Four minutes later in-form striker Robinson headed in an Oulton corner, and was soon bundled over to earn a penalty, which Dolman converted.
Daventry dominated the second half, being given far too much space and time on the ball by their hosts.
Mykel Beckley hit the bar before Lorraine scored Town’s fourth.
The best goal was scored by Confue, collecting the ball just inside his own half before running on to lob the ball over the advancing keeper.
The sixth was a free-kick scored by King.
This Saturday, Daventry Town travel to Wingate and Finchley of the Ryman Premier League for the second round of the FA Trophy.
Next Tuesday night (November 5) Daventry are in action again when they host Wellingborough Town in the Northants Hillier Cup.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Hartley Wintney 1 Daventry Town 6
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
The Memorial Ground, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire.
Daventry: Richard Morris, Ollie Wilkinson, Josh Blake, Marcel Simpson, Liam Dolman, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton(Murphy 80min), Ryan Howell, Mykel Beckley, Tom Lorraine(King 88min), Ashley Robinson(Ebanks 75min)
Scorers: Howell 20m, Robinson 24m, Dolman (pen)25m, Lorraine 70m, Confue 78m, King 88m
Man of the Match: Adam Confue
In the book: Adam Confue (Yellow) 89min, Ryan Howell (Yellow) 56min