DAVENTRY TOWN: Great Scott hits treble to inspire in-form Daventry to big win

MAN IN FORM - Scott Cross scored a hat-trick as Daventry Town beat Leighton 5-0 on Tuesday night
MAN IN FORM - Scott Cross scored a hat-trick as Daventry Town beat Leighton 5-0 on Tuesday night

Daventry Town consolidated their position at the top of the Calor League Division One Central table by beating Leighton Town 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Scott Cross was the star man with a hat-trick that ensured a second consecutive five goal home league victory.

Daventry have now scored 20 goals in five games, conceding just three and have not lost a match since last April at Guildford City.

They haven’t not conceded a goal for 294 minutes and have kept clean sheets in the past three games, a remarkable start to the season.

Boss Darran Foster is very pleased with his team’s winning start, and said: “Once again a very strong performance.

“We were exceptional from the goalkeeper to the centre forwards.

“We defended very well. The three saves that Richard Morris pulled off were first class, and four goals came from our strikers which is very pleasing.”

“Goals are flowing, and there was a superb hat trick for Scott Cross.

“Goals are also coming from all areas of the park, which is making us hard to play against.

“We will enjoy the results and performances but we will not get carried away, we must stay focused and keep producing the best performance possible.”

The game started brightly for Daventry, a Neil King free-kick being touched on to the crossbar by keeper Haydn Dodge.

King then sent a hard curling free kick just wide of the post following a foul on Cross.

Enzo Silvatri had Leighton’s first attempt on goal, but put his shot wide of the post.

The first Daventry goal came after another foul on Cross. The referee allowed a quick free kick to be taken, which resulted in a cross to Ashley Robinson to score.

A neatly-worked move put Daventry 2-0 in front.

Adam Confue made a run on goal, providing the perfect ball for Robinson, who passed the ball to Cross, whose shot easily beat the Leighton keeper Dodge.

The third goal was special, Chris Murphy split the Leighton defence with a wonderful pass to Confue, who controlled the ball in his stride, then lofted it over the advancing keeper into the net, a wonderful goal.

Leighton were given the opportunity to get back into the game with a disputed penalty kick.

Josh Blake was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, but justice was done when Daventry keeper Morris made a save from Silvatri, with the Leighton striker then smashing the rebound high over the bar.

Five minutes into the second half Daventry went four goals ahead, Cross getting on the end of a cross from Ross Oulton and smashing the ball past the keeper.

Keeper Morris tipped a goalbound shot from Gareth Chandlik and a free kick from Aiden Morris on to the bar, then Cross completed his hat trick in the final minutes, Mykel Beckley laying the ball into his path and Cross hitting his shot high into the net.

This Saturday Daventry Town are at Royston Town, who like Daventry are still undefeated, along with Barton Rovers.

Foster is ready for a tough game, and said: “Royston will be another big test.

“They are a very good side and one of the favourites for the league.

“We will be heading there full of confidence, but we know a good performance is needed, anything less than our best and we will come unstuck`

Match Facts

Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Daventry Town v Leighton Town – Calor League Central Division

Location: Communications Park, Daventry

Daventry Town: Richard Morris, Olli Wilkinson, Liam Dolman (Henderson60), Marcel Simpson, Adam Confue, Josh Blake, Ross Oulton (Beckley68), Neil King, Ashley Robinson (Ebanks59), Scott Cross Chris Murphy

Goal scorers: Cross35/50/90mins Robinson25mins Confue45

Man of the Match: Scott Cross

Cards: Blake(Yellow) Robinson(Yellow)

Attendance: 115