FA Cup: Buckby hit back to dump Daventry out

Two second half goals in the space of six minutes produced FA Cup giant killing as AFC Long Buckby beat Daventry Town 2-1 in Saturday’s preliminary round tie.

Daventry had taken an early lead with a goal from centre back Ricky Hill but the United Counties First Division hit back to win it with goals from Callum Yeates and Simon Barby.

Daventry took a seventh minute lead when Kieran Fitzgerald found Joe Curtis whose cross was flicked on by Hill over the head of keeper Oliver Manuel.

Daventry should have increased their lead six minutes later, Barry Deacon threading a perfect ball through to Nabil Shariff whose shot beat keeper Manuel but the ball trickled narrowly the post. Four minutes later Shariff had both a goal bound header and shot blocked as Daventry looked to increase their lead.

The hosts posed little threat up front and Daventry keeper Ben Heath did not have a direct shot to save in the first half.

Daventry had much of the possession in the first half but it was Long Buckby came out for the second half and within four minutes were level. A superb strike from Yeates left Heath fixed to the spot, as the ball flew past him inside his right hand post.

Six minutes later Bucks took an unexpected lead, Barby rising to head home past several statuesque Daventry defenders and keeper to send the Buckby faithful into wild celebrations.

Once Buckby had taken the lead Daventry raised their game and created several good opportunities but Bucks did not allow them to settle on the ball and play their own game.

James Tricks fired over the bar from a good position and Shariff looked to have claimed an equaliser but his chip over the keeper went the wrong side of the post. Manuel made a terrific save as a goal bound header from Tricks was spectacularly tipped away as Daventry looked to save their FA Cup dream.

Andy Yeates almost scored a third for Buckby but his shot bounced back off the bar just before the final whistle with Buckby players and supporters celebrating a famous victory.

Long Buckby go on to play Wingate and Finchley in the next round while Daventry turn their attentions to Evo-Stik Northern League matters against Carlton Town on Monday at Communications Park.