Hat-trick hero Berwick sees Town in control

TOM Berwick is back!

The speedy striker’s third spell at Communications Park got off to a slow start.

But that was before Saturday’s hat-trick sparked off a seven-goal thriller against Ashford which lifted Daventry into 16th place in the Central Division table.

In almost three months since his return Berwick had scored only twice from the penalty spot.

But two goals from open play and another spot-kick helped the home team score four times in a league game for only the second time this season.

The Town led 3-0 and 4-1 before substitute Perry Luckins scored two late goals for Ashford after the home goalkeeper had suffered mild concussion in an accidental clash of heads with Kobi Lockhart-Adams.

A 4-3 scoreline suggested a closely-fought contest but nothing could have been further from the truth as Daventry played some of their best football of the season after leading by a single goal at half-time.

In the 27th minute the ball fell to Berwick on the edge of the box after a Claudiu Hoban corner.

The Daventry number 10 squeezed the ball into a narrow gap between Ashford goalkeeper Paul McCarthy and the near post.

Ashford had no shots on target in the first 45 minutes and the Town went on to add two excellent goals in the first eight minutes after the interval.

A glancing header from Adam Confue set the ball rolling from a George Thompson free-kick.

Five minutes later Greg Kazaboni, Nathan Hicks and Ashley Robinson set up a second goal for Berwick before Ashford got one back when Alex Duffy drove home a 35-yard free-kick.

Berwick then twice went close to completing his hat-trick before converting a 74th minute penalty when Hicks was brought down in the area by McCarthy. With Mellings looking distinctly dazed substitute Luckins then scored two late consolation goals for the never-say-die visitors.

Daventry were not to be denied though and held out to complete a league double over Ashford to mark alongside similar efforts against North Greenford and Fleet Town.

There were plusses galore about the Daventry performance with Jason Lee bringing off several timely tackles, Kazaboni causing havoc down the right flank, and Confue and Thompson working tirelessly in midfield.

Club captain Aaron Parkinson missed the game with a back injury but Joe Cobb did well at left back as the Town hinted at a possible upset when taking on play-offs place hopefuls Beaconsfield SYCOB in the final match of the season in two days’ time.