Daventry bounced back from their defeat at Slough Town to record a convincing 4-1 victory over North Greenford United on Tuesday.
Two goals apiece from strikers Ashley Robinson and Tom Lorraine helped push Daventry up to sixth in the table, six points off leaders Barton Rovers, but with four games in hand!
Daventry Town Manager Darran Foster praised several players returning from injury, for their contributions.
“It was a solid performance against a stubborn North Greenford side, who from the first minute tried to slow the game down to their own pace.,” said Foster.
“Although we lacked a little quality at times, considering we are playing games with just 12 fit players, it’s very pleasing to get any sort of win.
“Ashley Deeney and Guy Sanders have only just returned from long-term injuries, so to start games and play a full 90 minutes has to be commended.”
Daventry started the game brightly, Robinson making clear his intentions early on, putting a strong header just past the post in first minute.
United created several chances before taking an unexpected lead after 30 minutes, James gave the ball way on the right, the resulting cross fell to the feet of Myles Stephenson who was left with a fairly easy tap in.
Foster was also pleased to see his central strikers finding some form in front of goal.
“It has been very pleasing to see Ash Robinson and Tom Lorraine scoring goals so freely, they have both worked very hard, linking up very well together,” said the Town boss. “They have been rewarded with plenty of goals, and this will hopefully build their confidence and we shall continue to see a lot more goals from the pair.”
Greenford’s lead lasted no more than two minutes, Lorraine taking advantage of a scramble in the area, to turn and smash the ball home.
Daventry created several other chances in the first half, Neil King having a strike saved, Ross Oulton running through on goal only to have his shot saved and Adam Confue firing a shot over the bar from outside the area.
Richard Morris produced a good save to turn a goal-bound shot form Stephenson around the post, but then the nerves were eased when Lorraine scored his second goal.
Stephenson headed on to the bar as Daventry fought to hold on to their one goal advantage, and then Robinson scored two goals to finish the game as a contest.
Daventry now turn their attention to cup action again, and Foster is looking forward to both games.
“We now play another two cup games, we have Maidenhead United this Saturday (Nov 30) at Communications Park in the FA Trophy and that will be a real test for us,” he said. “They are a Conference side so deserve respect, and there is no way we will take them lightly.
“I am hoping Ryan Howell will be fit for Maidenhead and Liam Dolman, Scott Cross and Josh Blake should all return to compete for a squad place.
“I have recently put in three seven day approaches, so we are hopeful of a couple of new faces to bolster the squad, by the end of next week.
“We are always confident whoever we play and progressing in the FA Trophy is high on our agenda.
“Next Tuesday (Dec 3) we travel to Peterborough Northern Star for the semi -final of the Hillier Cup, and we shall be fielding a full strength side. If we win we can put that competition to bed until next May.”
Daventry Town 4 North Greenford United 1
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Calor League Division One Central
Communications Park, Daventry.
Daventry: Richard Morris, Ashley Deeney, Ollie Wilkinson, Marcel Simpson, Guy Sanders (Captain), Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Neil King, Ashley Robinson, Tom James, Tom Lorraine
Scorers: Lorraine 33, 60mins, Ashley Robinson 86, 90mins
MOM: Ollie Wilkinson
In the book: None