Town count cost of missed chances

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DAVENTRY Town got the ball in the net four times, missed a penalty and still had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Chalfont St.Peter, writes Mike Tebbitt.

Both teams remained unbeaten in Central Division matches throughout November following a game which saw the referee award three spot-kicks.

Josh O’Grady earned the dubious distinction of becoming the third Daventry player to fluff a penalty in recent weeks.

Claudiu Hoban later made no mistake from 12 yards as did Chalfont’s Daniel Hughes.

Town manager Mark Kinsella went for pace up front with Alfie Taylor partnering Stuart Hendrie.

But it was the visitors’ shaky back four which caused concerns in a below-par first-half performance.

A 24th-minute trip on O’Grady saw the same player provide Chalfont stand-in goalkeeper Connor Spaans with a simple save from the spot-kick.

But Hughes made no mistake for Chalfont after a foul by Callum Burgess on Adam Lowth in the 37th minute.

Parity was restored on the stroke of half-time when Hendrie was on hand to put the finishing touches to a by-line cross from man-of-the-match Hoban.

A foul by Lewis Cumber on Hendrie saw Hoban make no mistake with his 54th-minute spot-kick.

Chalfont hit back almost immediately when Charlie Strutton ended the best move of the match to equalise again at 2-2.

Town manager Mark Kinsella said: “We rode our luck at times in the opening 45 minutes but played better in the second-half. A 2-2 scoreline was about right!”

Damage limitation was the order of the day for both clubs with Chalfont remaining only a point behind the play-off places