Daventry Town hoping to emulate last season’s thrilling FA Cup run

Daventry Town enjoyed a superb FA Cup run last season, ending in a first-round defeat to Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium (picture: Tina Jenner)
Daventry Town enjoyed a superb FA Cup run last season, ending in a first-round defeat to Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium (picture: Tina Jenner)

Daventry Town will be looking forward to this season’s FA Cup competition, hoping for a repeat of last season’s historic run to the first round, ending in defeat at League Two champions Chesterfield .

It was an historic occasion, Daventry had never reached the first round of the FA Cup in their 127-year history and the prize money helped the club balance the books.

Daventry lost the game 2-0, but gained the respect and admiration of the Chesterfield management and supporters for an excellent performance, which contradicted the huge gulf between the two teams’ league positions in the pyramid.

More than 750 of the Purple Army boosted an excellent attendance of 5,269.

Daventry Town will travel to either Berkhamsted or Ashford Town (Middlesex) in a preliminary round match on August 30.

Ashford Town were relegated from the Calor League Central Division at the end of last season, after finishing bottom. Berkhamsted meet Ashford in the extra preliminary round this Saturday to decide who will meet the Town.

If Berkhamsted defeat Ashford, Daventry would travel to Broadwater, Berkhamsted with the Town looking for a repeat of last season’s 6 -1 FA Cup defeat of Bekhamsted, in the same round last season.

The winner of that tie would be away to Calor Premier Division side Hitchin Town on September 13.

In the FA Trophy, Daventry have been drawn away to Romulus FC of Northern Premier League Division One South, who groundshare with Sutton Coldfield Town, who play their football on a 3G pitch at Coles Lane.

Daventry also reached the first round of the FA Trophy last season, beating Sutton Coldfield, Corby Town, Wingate & Finchley and Ramsgate before going out to Maidenhead by a single goal in the first round proper.

Some supporters may point to the extra 12 matches in the FA Cup /Trophy as a contributing factor in their clubs failure to achieve promotion and may have mixed feelings about another successful run in both competitions.

The weather also played its part in contributing to a huge backlog of matches for the club. January and February proved to be a very difficult two months for Daventry and many other clubs, as wet weather decimated the league programme. Daventry played just five matches in eight weeks and were left to play 20 matches in the last two months of the season.

For most supporters the cup runs were a fantastic experience packed with brilliant away days.

For the football club the financial benefits were well received and Daventry Town chairman Iain Humphrey will be looking for many more cup days this season.