DAVENTRY Town recovered from a first half fright and a second half thunderstorm to record a workmanlike victory in the FA Cup, writes Mike Tebbitt.
“It wasn’t pretty,” admitted Town manager Mark Kinsella “but after the recent defeats by Chertsey and Biggleswade I didn’t want us to play all the football and get caught on the counter-attack.”
Mark Bellingham picked up his fourth goal in three starts to round off the scoring after first half efforts from central defender Callum Burgess and ex-Cobblers striker Scott Cross.
That tells only part of the story, however, as both Andre Oban and Jamie Blackwell hit the woodwork for Huntingdon before Charlie Bowen fired the underdogs into a deserved lead in the 17th minute.
The goal came from a corner after Aaron Parkinson had allowed the ball to run out of play for what should have been a goal kick. Even so, there was no denying the home team’s early enthusiasm despite a lucky equaliser from a deflected shot by Burgess four minutes later.
It took two brilliant one-handed saves from David Bevan and a goal line clearance from Jason Lee to prevent Huntingdon from collecting a quick equaliser before Cross headed home Bellingham’s 26th minute free kick to put Daventry ahead.
Thunder, lightning and hailstones prevented much meaningful play in the second half although Blackwell and Oban both went close for the UCL Division One club before the unmarked Bellingham headed home in the 78th minute to wrap up the tie.
A short corner from Pete Saunders had set-up the third goal but the Town’s midfield was strangely ineffective over the 90 minutes in front of a respectable crowd of 280 at Jubilee Park.
The cup tie was played in a sporting spirit throughout and there were no cards in a game which saw the Town without the injured Claudiu Hoban and Adam Confue (at a wedding).