Daventry Town boss Darran Foster is confident his side will quickly bounce back from the disappointment of Thursday night’s 3-0 Calor League Division One Central defeat at the hands of promotion rivals Kettering Town.
The Poppies were too good in all departments for Town, with goals from Jonathan Thorpe, Henry Eze and Elliott Sandy securing a victory that boosts their own bid of clinching a play-off place.
A record crowd of 468 turned out at Communications Park, beating the previous high mark of 432, with around 300 travelling across the county from Kettering.
Those visiting supporters went away very happy, but the Daventry fans may have left for home a little concerned at how easily their team had been brushed aside in suffering their first home league defeat of the season.
But Foster was quick to reassure them that Thursday night’s performance, although disappointing, will be little more than a blip.
“We were poor this evening, we didn’t get into our match stride,” said Foster.
“That was partly because Kettering didn’t allow us too, but we allowed Kettering to dictate the match.
“We will look at what went wrong in this game, and then we shall move on to the next match.
“I am very confident we can turn around our disappointment at the defeat and start winning again.”
Daventry skipper Liam Dolman echoed his manager’s thoughts.
“We were beaten by the better team tonight but it’s how we react,” he wrote on Twitter.
“One game doesn’t change what we are striving for. Fair play to Kettering, they were good.”
Daventry are back in action tomorrow when they entertain fellow promotion candidates Slough Town at Communications Park.
Town are still very well placed in third in the Division One Central table, as they trail leaders Rugby Town by six points with five games in hand.
Slough are one place below Daventry, two points behind Foster’s men having played four games more.
The biggest threat to the title for Daventry though now looks to be Barton Rovers, who are fifth.
They are three points behind Town, but have played only one game more, while Kettering will now believe they are in with a sniff of top spot themselves.
Thursday’s win for the Poppies has seen them rise to sixth, just one place outside the play-offs, and they are seven points behind Daventry having played the same number of games.
They are also now 13 points off the top, with five games in hand.
Daventry Town 0 Kettering Town 3
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Calor League Central Division One
Daventry: Richard Morris, Ashley Deeney, Tom James, Ollie Wilkinson, Liam Dolman, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton (Will Green 55mins), Ryan Howell, Tommy Berwick (Ashley Robinson 70mins), Luke Keen, James Husband (O’Grady 60mins)
Scorers: Kettering Town: Jonathan Thorpe 26mins, Henry Eze 38mins, Elliot Sandy 59mins
Man of the Match: Richard Morris
In the book: Yellow – Luke Keen 82mins
Darran Foster quotes courtesy of Jim Davis