Pressure on Daventry as leaders Dunstable come to town

Daventry Town have a great chance to lay down a promotion marker this Saturday when they host Calor League Division One Central leaders Dunstable Town at Communications Park.

Darran Foster’s men saw their midweek clash at Ashford postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, and after their 1-0 defeat at Beaconsfield on Saturday go into the game 16 points adrift of the leaders.

Only one team goes up automatically, and if Daventry and to stay in serious contention for the champions spot, they really must win at the weekend.

The loss at Beaconsfield followed on from last Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with Marlow, and they are five expensive points dropped.

The match at Beaconsfield was played in terrible conditions, but Foster wasn’t using them as an excuse.

“The conditions could not be used as an excuse for the amount of chances that we missed,” said Foster.

“We conceded a very poor goal and then failed to make our second half pressure tell. I am a great believer that winning is a good habit, but at present we seem to have lost it.

“I am confident we will get back to winning ways very soon and look forward to watching the season develop.

“I expect there to be many twists and turns in the final three months of the campaign.”

Following Saturday’s crunch clash, Daventry travel to north London next Tuesday to play AFC Hayes.

Foster is also looking to add to his squad. James Husband is set to sign from Leamington, and a seven day approach has been made for Bedworth United midfielder Ben Steane.

Foster said: “James Husband will bring much needed experience, he is capable of playing anywhere down the left hand side, but will also bring that winning mentality to our team.

“We also have a seven-day approach in for Ben Steane, he is a hard working central midfield player, but he also brings quality skills to his game.”