Howell strikes as Daventry set up FA Trophy showdown with Corby Town

Action from Long Buckby's 4-4 draw with S&L Corby on Saturday (Picture: Kit Mallin)
Action from Long Buckby's 4-4 draw with S&L Corby on Saturday (Picture: Kit Mallin)
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Midfielder Ryan Howell made the most of a rare start for Daventry Town as he scored the only goal in the 1-0 FA Trophy win over Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday.

Following their surprise midweek defeat at Dunstable, Town boss Darran Foster made several changes to his starting line-up.

Called into the side were defenders Joe Henderson and new signing Ashley Deeney, while Howell lined up in midfield.

Skipper Liam Dolman was ruled out through injury, while top scorer Ashley Robinson was rested.

The only goal came early in the game, with Howell heading home from a corner.

Daventry dominated the game, with Coldfield being reduced to 10-men on the hour, but couldn’t find the second goal.

The win sets up a Northants derby in the next round of the FA Trophy, as Corby Town will be the visitors to Communications Park on Saturday, October 19.

The Steelmen include several former Daventry players in their ranks in the shape of Tommy Berwick, Tom James, Stuart Hendrie and former Aston Villa and England midfielder Lee Hendrie.

Daventry are back in action tomorrow night when they host Egham in the Calor League Division One Central.

In the UCL Premier Division, Long Buckby fought back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with S&L Corby.

Things started well for Bucks as Liam O’Neill fired them ahead on 17 minutes, but just 22 minutes the visitors were 4-1 ahead!

Buckby showed plenty of spirit after the break.

Dan Bucciero made it 4-2 on the hour, Joe Power scored with six minutes remaining and Todd Sawko netted the equaliser with two minutes remaining.

In division one, bottom-of-the-table Woodford United were hammered 8-2 by leaders Oadby Town.

Woodford’s consolation goals came from Edward Stewart and Chris Fury.

Get full reports and reaction from the weekend football in this week’s Daventry Express. Out on Thursday.