Foster praise for Daventry squad despite final-day defeat

NOT THIS TIME - Daventry striker Luke Keen heads a chance over the bar in the 1-0 defeat to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday (Pictures: Jake McNulty)
NOT THIS TIME - Daventry striker Luke Keen heads a chance over the bar in the 1-0 defeat to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday (Pictures: Jake McNulty)

Daventry Town boss Darran Foster was left disappointed at his team’s performance in the 1-0 defeat to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday.

But he was also quick to praise his squad for their efforts during a fantastic season, that has now been extended by one game as Daventry must travel to Kettering Town in the Calor League Division One Central play-off semi-final on Tuesday night.

Action from the potential promotion game at Daventry Town v Chalfont St Peter. NNL-140427-073404009

Action from the potential promotion game at Daventry Town v Chalfont St Peter. NNL-140427-073404009

Foster believes his team have a great chance of seeing off their county rivals at Latimer Park and reaching Bank Holiday Monday’s play-off final, and if they did it would be another chapter in what has been an amazing season for Daventry.

Looking back on the defeat to Chalfont, which was watched by an excellent crowd of 358, Foster said: “I can’t be disappointed with my players.

“They have given the club one of its most memorable seasons, and we have reached the play off semi–finals, despite playing 20 games in the past eight weeks.

“We should have got something from the Chalfont game.

Action from the potential promotion game at Daventry Town v Chalfont St Peter. NNL-140427-073354009

Action from the potential promotion game at Daventry Town v Chalfont St Peter. NNL-140427-073354009

“We gifted them a cheap goal, and then we missed two sitters at the other end.

“But congratulations must go to our visitors, who came to win the game and worked us very hard.”

And he added: “This season has thrown up many wonderful memories, the club has achieved so much already.

“Reaching the first round of the FA Cup and running out in front of more 5,000 supporters at the Proact Stadium against Chesterfield was a highlight.

Action from the potential promotion game at Daventry Town v Chalfont St Peter. NNL-140427-073305009

Action from the potential promotion game at Daventry Town v Chalfont St Peter. NNL-140427-073305009

“We also had a hugely successful run in the FA Trophy and we are county cup winners for the first time in our history, plus we have reached the play-offs.

“If I had been offered all of this way back in August, I would have snapped your hand off!”

Town now travel to Burton Latimer to face a Kettering side that beat Daventry twice in the regular league season, winning 3-0 at Communications Park and then 2-0 at Latimer Park on Easter Monday.

But Foster insists there is no reason why it can’t be a case of third time lucky for his men on Tuesday night.

“We have one game to help secure our ultimate ambition for this season,” said the Daventry boss.

“My lads will be absolutely buzzing and we will be ready to throw everything at Kettering.”

Quotes courtesy of JIM DAVIS

Match Facts

Daventry Town 0 Chalfont St Peter 1

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Southern League Division One Central

Communications Park, Daventry

Daventry: Richard Morris, Ashley Deeney, Ollie Wilkinson, Marcel Simpson, Liam Dolman (Captain), James Husband, Scott Cross, Ross Oulton, Ryan Howell, Josh Blake, Luke Keen

Subs: Tom James, Mykel Beckley, Adam Confue, Guy Sanders, Josh O`Grady

Man of the Match: Supporters player of the season Liam Dolman

In the book: None

Attendance: 358

Division One Central Play-Off semi-final details

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kettering Town v Daventry Town - kick-off 7.45pm

Rugby Town v Slough Town

The Calor League Play-off semi-finals and final are 90 mins, then 30 mins extra time, then penalties.

The Semi-finals are (league finishing order) 2nd v 5th & 3rd v 4th, at the home of the highest placed club.

The final is on Bank Holiday Monday (May 5) at the home of the highest placed club left, with a kick-off 3pm kick-off.

Dunstable Town have been crowned champions, after beating Uxbridge 1-0 on Saturday.

Final day results:

Dunstable 1 Uxbridge 0, AFC Hayes 0 Rugby 6, Daventry 0 Chalfont St Peter 1, North Greenford 2 Kettering Town 3