Daventry Town moved up to third place in the Calor League Division One Central table despite dropping points at home for the first time this season.
In what was only their second match of 2014, Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Marlow on Tuesday night.
Marlow have a remarkable history.
In a season in which Daventry celebrated reaching the first round of the FA Cup at Chesterfield for the first time in their history, Marlow supporters could boast their club competed in the first-ever FA Cup in 1871, and in 1882 reached the FA Cup semi-finals, losing 5–0 to Old Etonians.
Daventry Town manager Darran Foster started with the same team that beat Barton Rovers last Tuesday.
Club captain Liam Dolman once again kept the bench warm alongside Guy Sanders and Mykel Beckley, wwith both slowly returning from long term injuries.
Daventry started brightly; Ashley Robinson put a shot narrowly past the post after good work by Ashley Deeney and Ryan Howell, then a cross from Ashley Robinson found Luke Keen who failed to get enough on his header to trouble the Marlow keeper.
A free kick from Ryan Howell was then hit straight into the hands of Blues goalkeeper Simon Grant.
Marlow went ahead against the run of play, an over the top ball, straight down the middle caught out the Daventry defence, leaving striker Carl Davies the simple task of lobbing the ball over the head of the stranded keeper Richard Morris to give the Blues an unexpected lead!
On 30 minutes, Ross Oulton was fouled on the edge of the area.
He took the kick himself, but placed the ball just over the crossbar as Daventry looked for an equaliser.
The leveller came five minutes before the break.
Ollie Wilkinson placed the ball onto the head of Robinson, who flicked the ball onto Josh O’Grady.
O’Grady then steadied himself, before thumping an unstoppable shot past the Blues keeper.
Luke Keen was unlucky not to put Daventry in front minutes later, but his goal bound shot was deflected past the post with the keeper beaten.
The second half started with Daventry pressing hard.
A fine save by Grant prevented a rasping shot from Adam Confue finding the target, and Robinson twisted and turned, only to see his shot trickle past the post, much to the frustration of an appreciative Purple Army’.
A cross from O’Grady skimmed the cross bar and Marlow winger Ian Davies saw his shot superbly turned around the post by Daventry keeper Morris as both sides looked for the winner.
An attempted overhead kick from Keen in the dying minutes narrowly flashed past the post, but the points were shared.
That was a frustration for Foster and his team, but the draw did Daventry up into third place above Royston Town on goal difference.
Royston had their home match abandoned with 15 minutes remaining when they were trailing 2-1 to Egham Town.
This followed a serious injury sustained by Royston defender Jack Bradshaw.
This Saturday, Daventry travel down the M40 to play eighth-placed Beaconsfield SYCOB at Holloways Park.
The Buckinghamshire side are top of the form guide at present, having not lost in their past eight matches, nudging out Dunstable Town and Kettering Town on goal difference!
Next Tuesday Town then travel to bottom club Ashford Town (Middlesex).
Ashford have only won two games all season, but Foster has been warning his players about complacency.
“There are no easy games in this league,” said Foster ahead of what could be a crucial couple of fixtures for his side.
“You need to show every team respect or you could come unstuck very quickly.”
Meanwhile, striker Scott Cross has gone out on loan (Dual Registration) to UCL Premier Division side Wellingborough Town.
Daventry Town 1 Marlow 1
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Calor League Division One Central
Location: Communications Park, Daventry
Daventry team: Richard Morris, Ollie Wilkinson, Josh Blake, Ashley Deeney, Marcel Simpson, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton (Beckley 78mins), Ryan Howell, Ashley Robinson (Lorraine 78mins), Luke Keen, Josh O`Grady
Scorers: Daventry: Josh O’Grady 42mins Marlow: Carl Davies 11mins
Man of the Match: Ashley Robinson
In the book (both yellow): Yellow Adam Confue (54mins) Ollie Wilkinson (90mins)