Golden oldies roll back the years to boost Daventry boss Smart

HIGH KICKING - action from Daventry Town's 2-1 win over North Greenford (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
HIGH KICKING - action from Daventry Town's 2-1 win over North Greenford (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Three players with combined ages of 114 gave a ‘Dad’s Army’ appearance to the Daventry Town team which provided new managers Allan Smart and Ady Fuller with their first taste of success against North Greenford United last weekend.

Comeback kid Ian King (40) was joined by former Town captain Aaron Parkinson (35) and grey-haired striker Howard Forinton, who has had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus!

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King’s defence-splitting passes made him the home team’s best player in the first hour, while central defender Parkinson who also plays for AFC Rushden and Diamonds in the UCL, presided over the Heathrow Academy youngsters like a mother hen.

The end result was a six-pointer 2-1 win over North Greenford after goals from livewire second half substitute Jack Howard and a revitalised Tom Berwick who is now in his fifth spell at Communications Park.

Unfortunately, ‘Parky’ is likely to be recalled by the Diamonds this Saturday for an FA Vase tie which will see the UCL leaders without three suspended players including ex-Daventry striker Russell Dunkley.

Incoming Browns Road boss Smart started his tenure with defeats at Chalfont St Peter, Egham and Stratford-upon-Avon, but the new blend of youth and experience finally hit the jackpot at North Greenford’s expense.

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With 23 points already in the bag, Daventry’s next ‘must win’ fixture will come against bottom-of-the-table AFC Hayes in exactly a month’s time.

Meanwhile keeping tabs with the comings and goings at Communications Park is turning into a full-time occupation!

Four recent departures will be followed by three new signings this week.

Kieran Fitzgerald took up the seven-day approach from St Ives Town whilst steadily improving midfield man Barry Deacon has thrown in his lot with Coalville Town.

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Harder to get your head round are the decisions of Josh O’Grady and Martin Hutchcox to drop down three levels to play for admittedly upwardly mobile step seven outfit Coventry United from the Midland League Division One.

On the credit side young striker Josh Francis will arrive on loan from Aldershot while Jamie Calvin is also expected to rejoin the Daventry club after netting goals galore in pre-season friendlies. Turning the clock back even further will be popular flying winger Richard Wesley who scored eight goals as the Purple Army climbed out of the UCL five years ago.

Current club captain Ash Deeney has also decided to stay loyal to the Daventry club as has irreplaceable utility player Josh Blake who made more than 400 appearances for Leamington in his younger days.

Young goalkeeper Ben Heath has also committed his immediate future to the cause whilst midfield maestro Ryan Howell - he was in the starting line-up at Chesterfield a year ago - is also due back from injury in two days’ time.

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This Saturday Daventry travel to Leighton Buzzard to take on an Aylesbury United side which lost by the odd-goal in five at home to Rugby Town last weekend. A point would come in handy.

Victory over North Greenford who have yet to lower the Town’s colours in 10 attempts, means Daventry still need up to another 12 points this season to avoid possible relegation from the Southern League. Encouragingly, despite the recent upheavals, the Greenford game attracted a crowd of 156 which was the highest attendance at Communications Park this season.