DAVENTRY Town chalked up their biggest win so far at Southern League level after leading scorer Tom Berwick had netted a second-half hat-trick at Northwood on Saturday, writes Mike Tebbitt.
All the goals came from recognised strikers as Ady Fuller’s men eclipsed even the 6-1 victory at Uxbridge in early November.
For Berwick this was a first three-timer since the 4-1 defeat of Cogenhoe in the UCL way back in March.
Northwood held their own for more than half an hour with Miles Jones, Jake Lovell and Tom Windsor all testing Daventry goalkeeper Andy Kemp before the visitors struck twice in the lead-up to half-time.
Howard Forinton (35), the ex-Birmingam City striker, struck twice from close range in the 37th and 43rd minutes.
Northwood number nine Lovell claimed to have been fouled in the build-up to the second goal and so vociferous was his protest to the referee that a red card followed. The net result was game, set and match to Daventry.
With the second-half only a couple of minutes old Forinton found sparring partner Berwick with a glorious cross field pass and a snap-shot volley from the edge of the penalty area signalled the third and best goal of the match.
Monday’s match at Beaconsfield meant that Forinton needed to be rested later on but the goals kept coming even though young substitutes Justin Dowling and Josh Bellamy were also introduced alongside the more experienced Rob Foster.
Foster duly headed home a 68th-minute cross from overlapping full-back Aaron Stringfellow who had his best game so far in Daventry colours.
Then Berwick sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with a 72nd-minute penalty after he himself had been fouled by Zac Gill.
Seconds later Berwick made it three goals in six minutes when put in by Dowling, a former Milton Keynes Dons youth team player and nephew of Johnny Dowling who won a UCL championship winning medal with Ford Sports in 2000.
There was no sign of Northwood’s Mark Burgess but another Burgess caught the eye in north London at the weekend.
Callum Burgess (20) made his debut for the Town on signing from Hinckley United and did enough to show that Chris Godwin will be hard-pressed to regain the number four jersey on completion of a two-match suspension.
Burgess scarcely put a foot wrong alongside the experienced Aaron Parkinson and his long, Rory Dulap-style throw-ins are certain to cause havoc in defences wherever he plays.
For the Daventry side as a whole this was a second Central Division double to put alongside the two victories over Barton Rovers and it left the scoreline a healthy 10-1 in the Town’s favour in the two matches against struggling Northwood.