The Reds just miss out in derby clash- but it’s a close call

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DAVENTRY Town twice came from behind to extend their winning run to 13 matches in the Central Division when just getting the better of rivals Woodford United in a game which could have gone either way at Communications Park on Tuesday night, writes Mike Tebbitt.

Ben Foster, who has done the rounds of Northamptonshire UCL clubs, twice fired the Reds into the lead inside the first half hour to trigger off his third spell with the Byfield Road club but Daventry hit back to win 3-2 after a 70th-minute winner from Howard Forinton.

Now 35, Forinton cost Peterborough United £250,000 in 1999 and he called upon all his Football League experience when lobbing Woodford goalkeeper Matt Finlay within a couple of minutes of replacing Russell Dunkley as a second-half substitute.

In the opening period Daventry’s equalisers had come from Ryan Howell and Jason Lee after Foster, signed recently from Daventry United, had scored in the eighth and 27th minute.

His second goal was a real peach as the nippy little striker turned the Town defence inside out before rifling home a left-footed shot. As in recent matches against North Greenford and Marlow, the home side proved resilient though and moved back into the top three, only four points behind Arlesey.

A winning tackle by ex-Daventry left-back Tommy Kinch set up Foster’s first goal which was quickly cancelled out two minutes later when Howell converted a Simeon Williams cross at the near post.

Lee then headed home from a Josh O’Grady corner to level the scores again in the 40th minute before Forinton scored the winner soon after coming on as a substitute midway through the second-half of a closely-contested game in which both defences looked suspect at times.

A strangely subdued Tom Berwick missed the easiest scoring chance of the game in the 65th minute of an entertaining encounter which brought yellow cards for Ricky Johnson and Ross Harris as well as Daventry defender Martin Hutchcox.

The crowd of 213 was the Town’s biggest so far in the league this season but is sure to be surpassed by the Rugby Town game a week on Saturday which comes at the end of a busy week in which Leighton Town (next Tuesday) and Beaconsfield (Thursday) will also visit Communications Park.

In the UCL Premier Division mid-table Daventry United suffered a 3-0 defeat on Tuesday night at the hands of St Ives Town.

Despite Will Briscoe hitting the post early on, the home side were always in the driving seat.

Goals came from Conor Washington in the 36th minute, Scott Fielding added another late on and Lee Ellison bagged the final goal from the penalty spot.

Other Central Division results on Tuesday featured Aylesbury 4 Uxbridge 3, Barton Rovers 2 Slough Town 0, Biggleswade Town 4 Ashford Town 0, Burnham 1 Marlow 3, North Greenford 1 AFC Hayes 2 and Soham Town 0 Beaconsfield 0..