WOODFORD United and Daventry Town both fired blanks on Saturday with the all important local FA Cup tie at Byfield Road only another nine days away, writes Mike Tebbitt.
Both Hayes and Daventry’s conquerors Northwood are candidates for the Central Division’s bottom four this season but neither the Reds’ nor the Town could find the net despite combined efforts lasting more than three hours at the weekend.
In joining the Town in mid-table anonymity Woodford committed a whole host of schoolboy defensive errors to hand victory on a plate to an average Hayes outfit which scored three times without reply.
The home team dominated early on but mistake number one came midway through the first-half when a long Hayes’ clearance was mis-kicked by Woodford full-back Jamie Huiddlestone to present Romaric Logan with a simple tap-in.
At the start of the second-half the normally reliable Chris Jackson then mis-directed a defensive header into the path of Kevin Chakaodza who had little difficulty in doubling the Hayes’ advantage.
The coup de grace was provided in the 50th minute by Logan and in the final half hour goals proved elusive.
This was an entertaining game but one that Reds’ boss Phil Mason will want to forget as quickly as possible.
After the first eight days of the new season Woodford and Daventry are already half a dozen points adrift of 100 per cent joint leaders Rugby Town, St Neots and shock early pacemakers Bedworth United.
Ex-Town winger Richard Wesley took his goal scoring tally to three in as many matches when helping Rugby to a comfortable 2-0 win against Burnham at The Gore while Stefan Moore grabbed both goals in St Neots’ similar success at Aylesbury.
Meanwhile Bedworth completed a hat-trick of wins with a 3-0 success over hitherto unbeaten Fleet Town.
There were home wins too for both Biggleswade Town (over Marlow) and Beaconsfield SYCOB against struggling Barton Rovers.
North Greenford will be well-pleased with a 3-1 win over rivals Uxbridge on a day when Daventry’s Tuesday opponents Leighton Town went down 3-2 at home to Ashford Town.
Danny Burnell and Steve Sinclair both netted twice in Slough’s high-scoring 5-3 victory at Chertsey while newly-promoted Chalfont St Peter completed back-to-back wins with a 3-2 triumph at Bedfont.