DAVENTRY TOWN: In-form Daventry set sights on FA Cup progression

HAVING A BALL - Daventry Town's players celebrate their first goal in last Saturday's 5-0 win over Rugby Town
HAVING A BALL - Daventry Town's players celebrate their first goal in last Saturday's 5-0 win over Rugby Town
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On-song Daventry Town will be confident of progression in the FA Cup when they entertain Hillingdon Borough at Communications Park this Saturday (ko 3pm).

Daventry are on fire in the Calor League Division One Central, having won four out of four to sit proudly on top of the table.

They take on Hillingdon this weekend, who are currently mid-table in the Spartan South Midlands League - the equivalent of the United Counties League.

The winners will take on Berkhamsted or Harefield United - who also play in the South Midlands League - in the following round, so Daventry have a great chance of progression and collecting some welcome prize money.

Daventry scored three times in the first 20 minutes on Monday as they ripped pre-season title favourites Rugby Town to pieces.

Darran Foster’s men have now netted 15 times and conceded only three goals in winning their first four league games. Not since their UCL Division One days have the Town made a better start to a season.

“On all known form we ought to be capable of building up a prize money nest egg of at least £4,500 in the early stages of the FA Cup by beating opponents from a lower division granted home advantage,” said Daventry boss Darran Foster.”

Hillingdon beat Leverstock Green by 4-2 in the extra preliminary round and got off the mark in the South Midlands League with a 2-0 weekend success over Holmer Green.

Foster is taking nothing for granted. London’s most westerly borough, Hillingdon were once Southern League runners-up to Cambridge United as well as reaching an FA Trophy final.

The club then fell on hard times, briefly amalgamated with Burnham and later reformed in 2009.

For the Daventry squad, this Saturday’s FA Cup clash offers a further opportunity to increase the contents of their pay packages as a realistic basic wage structure is supplemented by a more complex bonus system related to league position and matches won.

Victory over Hillingdon would stretch the team’s winning sequence to five matches with further money-spinning chances to come next week in hone league game against Leighton Town on Tuesday and at Royston Town four days later.

Five wins out of five to start a league season was last achieved in 2000 during a UCL Division One campaign, while Town opened up with no less than seven straight wins at the same level 24 years ago.