Shariff is the match-winner as Daventry move into the top six

Nabil Shariff bagged the winner for Daventry Town at Sheffield FC
Nabil Shariff bagged the winner for Daventry Town at Sheffield FC

Top scorer Nabil Shariff hit the only goal of the game as Daventry Town returned from the world’s oldest football club with all three Evo-Stik Northern Premier League points.

Daventry built on their excellent midweek Doodson Cup victory at premier division Matlock Town by securing a 1-0 victory at Sheffield FC in Saturday’s Division One South clash. Shariff’s seventh league goal took Daventry up to sixth in the table.

Daventry ganed revenge for the 4-1 defeat by Sheffield at Communications Park back in September and Saturday’s victory on the road was a positive reflection on the progress Darran Foster’s small squad of players have made in the last two months.

The starting line-up almost picks itself because Foster has a wafer-thin squad to choose from. Barry Deacon and Dan Childs joined Edilson Panzo-Antonio on the substitutes bench.

Storm Desmond made it very difficult for either side to play football with a gale force wind blowing across the pitch.

But, despite the troublesome conditions, Daventry managed to create a number of goal scoring opportunities particularly in the second half when they had the strong wind to their advantage. Karabo Motshweni put a header over the bar and had a goalbound effort deflected away for a corner as Daventry looked to score the opening goal.

Shariff was once again the tormentor of the Sheffield defenders getting the ball in the net only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

Daventry were awarded a 15th minute penalty for a push on Kieron Fitzgerald only for former AFC Blackpool keeper Tom Hunt dived the right way to deny Joe Curtis from the ensuing spot-kick.

But Daventry were not to be denied, taking the lead in added-time in the first half.

Fitzgerald made a break down the left before providing a cross for Shariff to cleverly beat Hunt at his near post.

Sheffield hit the post shortly after the restart but Daventry mastered the windy conditions much better than their hosts to take all three points.