Despite having one eye on a much bigger game at Chesterfield, Daventry Town comfortably beat Wingate and Finchley 3-1 in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night, setting up a home tie with Ramsgate on November 16.
A late Scott Cross goal last Saturday had set up the Bonfire Night replay at Communications Park, a game Daventry boss Darran Foster could probably have done without just four days before the biggest game in the club’s history at Chesterfield!
Nevertheless, Foster was a very happy man after the game, and said: “I was very pleased with the result.
“I thought the performance was much better than the rather flat performance we gave at Finchley.
“Considering the players have a huge FA Cup game this weekend, I thought their character was first class.
“We again showed we can compete with teams from a level higher.”
Centre forward Leon Smith had given Wingate the lead after 25 minutes.
Six minutes later Daventry were level, new signing Tom James provided a cross to the feet of Ross Oulton who picked his spot from the edge of the area, beating keeper Bobby Smith at his far post.
Oulton was unlucky not to score gain soon after, a tricky run into the area, took him past several defenders, his final shot saved and winger Mykel Beckley firing wide of the post from the rebound.
Beckley put Town ahead right on the stroke of half time, calmly placing the ball beyond Smith after Ryan Howell had his shot blocked and Wingate failed to clear.
Daventry had several opportunities to increase their lead in the second half, Adam Confue having his shot tipped over the bar, Marcel Simpson putting a shot just past the post and Tom Lorraine having his shot saved low to the keeper’s right.
It was left to skipper Liam Dolman to seal the victory, an in-form Beckley was bought down in the area by full back Ola Williams and Dolman converted the resulting penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.
With the FA Trophy pushed aside for another week, Foster was left thinking about Chesterfield!
“We now move on to the biggest day in our history,” said Foster.
“I believe the lads have already achieved their goal, they can now go out and enjoy the occasion and be a professional footballer for the day.
“ I won’t have to tell the players anything about the game, as this day speaks for itself.
“Of course we are massive underdogs in this match, but that will just help us, there will be no pressure on us what so ever.”
Foster is optimistic about his team’s chances of causing an upset.
“This bunch of lads have the biggest hearts I have ever witnessed,” he said.
“There will be one FA Cup upset over this weekend, why not Daventry Town?
“This will be a very special day for the whole of Daventry, and the people of the town are showing their support.
“Whatever happens at Chesterfield, I shall be very proud of my players and all of my backroom staff, as without them this would not have been possible.”
Daventry Town 3 Wingate & Finchley 1
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The FA Trophy, second qualifying round
At Communications Park, Daventry
Daventry Town: Richard Morris, Ollie Wilkinson, Tom James, Marcel Simpson, Liam Dolman, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Ryan Howell, Ashley Robinson, Tom Lorraine (Chris Murphy 80mins), Mykel Beckley.
Scorers: Ross Oulton 31mins, Mykel Beckley 45mins, Liam Dolman (pen 90+2mins)
Man of the Match: Ross Oulton
In the book: None