Smart relieved as he claims first win as Daventry boss

UP AND RUNNING - Allan Smart watches his Daventry side beat North Greenford 2-1 last Saturday (Picture: Dave Ikin)
UP AND RUNNING - Allan Smart watches his Daventry side beat North Greenford 2-1 last Saturday (Picture: Dave Ikin)

Allan Smart admitted he was relieved to oversee his first win as manager of Daventry Town as North Greenford were beaten 2-1 on Saturday.

“It is certainly good to win for the first time,” said Smart, who picked up his maiden win as Town boss at the fourth time of asking.

“We have struggled in the midweek fixtures getting some of the lads to the games on time.

“This has directly affected the starting line ups so I feel the three points were well deserved against North Greenford.

“Our second half performances in the three previous games had given us some optimism, but on Saturday we started well from the first minute.”

Smart was particularly pleased with a number of individual performances including substitute Jack Howard and 17 year old Ryan Zidyana.

“I think it was pleasing to see Jack Howard score because he has done very well in the previous matches after coming off the bench, and young Ryan Zidyana worked tirelessly throughout the match,” said the former Watford striker.

The win was a key one for Daventry, who have now moved up to 12th place in the league table, 11 points above the relegation places.

On Saturday Daventry travel to Leighton Buzzard to take on Aylesbury United, who are down in 16th place in Division One Central.

United were beaten 3-2 at home by Rugby Town last weekend, and have won only one of their past seven league games.

Quotes courtesy of Jim Davis