Daventry Town turned in a professional performance to beat Egham Town 2-0 on Tuesday night and maintain their lead at the top of the Caloe League Division One Central.
Goals from Ashley Robinson and Joe Henderson sealed the win for Town.
Daventry boss Darran Foster felt his team always had control of the game, and said: “Egham had a lot of the ball in the first half, but they created very little, apart from the one on one with Richard Morris.
“I was very pleased with our performance, and it’s the perfect result before the FA Cup match.
“We are all looking forward to the game. It is going to be a big day for football in Daventry, and the support we are getting in the cup run is fantastic.”
Against Egham, Daventry took the lead in the first five minutes, striker Robinson slotting the ball past keeper Gary Ross.
Centre back Marcel Simpson was given an early yellow card for a strong tackle on Partick Craig, but it didn’t stop him from putting in another man-of-the-match performance alongside Henderson, who was in for the injured Liam Dolman.
Daventry went 2-0 up just after the hour courtesy of a powerful header from defender Henderson, his first goal for the club.
Cup competitions will now be the focus for the next three matches.
Daventry visit Grays Athletic in Essex on Sunday in the FA Cup, with a large following of the Purple Army in support.
Then it’s a short visit to Kettering Town next Wednesday (October 16) in the Red Insure League Cup, before the big county clash with Corby Town in the FA Trophy at Communications Park on Saturday 19th October.
A week is a long time in football, and this week could be a huge week for Daventry Town.
Tuesday, October 8
Daventry Town 2 Egham Town 0
Calor League Central Division
at Communications Park, Daventry
Daventry: Richard Morris, Ollie Wilkinson, JoshBlake , Marcel Simpson, Joe Henderson, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Ryan Howell, Mykel Beckley (King 77m), Scott Cross (Lorraine 87m), Ashley Robinson (Ebanks 87m).
Scorers: Ashley Robinson 4min, Joe Henderson
Man of the Match: Marcel Simpson
In the book: Simpson (Yellow)
DAVENTRY TOWN bounced back from their surprise midweek defeat at Dunstable to see off Sutton Coldfield 1-0 in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The win has set up a Nortnats derby in the next round, with Corby Town heading for a date at Communications Park on October 19, for what will be are-run of last season’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup Final, which the Steelmen won 3-1.
Midfielder Ryan Howell scored the only goal of the game against Sutton Coldfield, making the most of a rare start.
Manager Darran Foster made several changes to the team beaten at Dunstable.
There were places for defenders Joe Henderson and a debut for new signing Ashley Deeney, plus a start for Howell.
Liam Dolman was ruled out through injury, while top scorer Ashley Robinson was rested.
Foster was pleased with his team’s response to the Dunstable defeat, and said: “We looked solid, controlling the game for long periods. We should have had the game won much earlier, having missed several good chances, to put the match beyond Sutton.
“The players were desperate to bounce back to winning ways, after the disappointment of that first defeat at Dunstable.
“Joe Henderson and Ashley Deeney both put in solid performances, unfortunately for Ashley, the knee injury he sustained could rule him out for a few games, but both Liam Dolman and Chris Murphy will return from injury to increase our options.”
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Daventry Town 1 Sutton Coldfield Town 0
The FA Trophy
Communications Park, Daventry
Daventry Town: Richard Morris, Ollie Wilkinson, Ashley Deeney (Blake 51m), Marcel Simpson, Joe Henderson, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Ryan Howell, Mykel Beckley, Tom Lorraine (King 87m), Scott Cross (Robinson 75m).
Scorer: Ryan Howell 37min
Man of the Match: Ollie Wilkinson
In the book: None