DAVENTRY TOWN: Smart in search for a red-hot striker

STRIKING OPTION? - Scott Cross
STRIKING OPTION? - Scott Cross
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Daventry Town urgently require a reliable goalscorer but strikers of the calibre of Kettering pair David Kolodynski and Elliot Sandy, Bedworth’s Danny Dabidat and Aylesbury United’s Lewis Putman would account for about half of the club’s £500 weekly players budget.

The long-departed Josh O’Grady and recent recruit Anthony O’Connor currently lead the way for the Town with four goals apiece in Southern League matches so far this season. On switching from North Greenford, O’Connor burst onto the Communications Park scene with double strikes against both AFC Hayes and Bedworth, but the goals have dried up with a drop back into midfield.

Going into last week’s 3-1 home win over Chalfont St Peter only bottom-of-the-table Hayes had scored fewer goals than Daventry in Division One Central.

Two headed goals from veteran defender Arron Parkinson and a phantom penalty by Ryan Howell merely masked the problem before the 2-1 defeat at Northwood led up to this Saturday’s clash with Barton Rovers.

For reenforcements the Purple Army could do worse than look on their own doorstep. Only last month Scott Cross netted twice for Weedon in a Northamptonshire Combination encounter.

In two seasons with Town, Cross scored a total of 27 times and came on as a second half substitute in the epic FA Cup first round tie at Chesterfield.

A transfer to Kettering lasted only a fortnight before a quick return to Browns Road for a player who made five appearances for the Cobblers as a teenager.

This season Cross linked up with ex-Daventry colleagues Ollie Wilkinson and Ross Oulton at Bedford Town but the Eagles are still below Daventry in the Central Division table. Cross has his limitations, but they are partially counter-balanced by a competitive attitude which makes him a handful for opposing central defenders.

Twice sent-off during his Daventry career, the burly No.9 leads the line with more authority than subsequent incumbents Mitchell Piggon, Tom Berwick, Luke Keen or James Tricks. With relegation no longer a remote possibility Allan Smart’s men have little but pride to play for in the last three months of the campaign. Even so, a few more goals would come in handy!

Current indications are that only one club will go down this season due to the knock-on effects of Hereford United’s demise. That should lead to another stay of execution for North Greenford.

Promotion from the UCL seems only to concern AFC Rushden & Diamonds or Holbeach United, with the Tigers earmarked for the Northern Premier League if coming out on top.