Town facing FA Trophy ‘away day’ trek

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A DAY out at the seaside awaits Daventry Town on November 5 when undertaking a 325-mile round trip to the Channel port of Folkestone for a second qualifying round tie in the FA Trophy.

Like the Town, Folkestone Invicta operate at step four level and currently occupy one of the play-off places in the Ryman Division One South. Last Saturday brought a 1-0 home win over the Met. Police in the Trophy competition.

Striker Richard Atkins scored the 15th-minute winner after good work by front-running partner James Everitt in front of a healthy crowd of more than 200 spectators. Daventry meanwhile needed a stoppage time goal from Mark Bellingham to beat Kidsgrove Athletic by a 4-3 margin.

In the FA Vase on November 19 Long Buckby will take on Dunstable Town at Station Road after being exempt from the early rounds as a result of reaching the last eight in 2010-2011.

Dunstable now operate from the South Midlands League but were Southern League giants in the Seventies when Barry Fry was the manager and George Best had a short spell with the Bedfordshire club.

After a fortnight on the sidelines the Bucks entertain Spalding United in the UCL this Saturday while Daventry travel to Ashford for a Central Division fixture before facing Barwell at Communications Park in the Red Insure (League) Cup next Tuesday.

The Town continue to juggle with their first-team squad after parting company with striker James Travis who accepted a seven-day approach from Redditch United, the early-season temporary home of both Ryan Howell and Josh O’Grady.

Rugby Town have come in too for goalkeeper Joe Mellings while Daventry manager Mark Kinsella (pictured) has signed Lee Hendrie’s younger brother Stuart (21) on a month’s loan from Hinckley United.

The Hendrie brothers were playing together for the first time and ex-England international Lee set up an eighth-minute equaliser for Stuart against Kidsgrove.

Lee Hendrie (34) continues to attract scouts like flies to a honeypot with Kidderminster Harriers, Walsall and Burton Albion the latest clubs to watch the talented midfield player who made more than 250 appearances for Aston Villa.

On the positive side, Kinsella has himself put in a trio of seven-day approaches for a couple of full-backs and for Alfie Taylor who has scored goals galore since stepping up from the UCL with near-neighbours Woodford United.

Right-back Nathan Demonte turned out for Stourport Swifts against the Town in the preliminary round of the Trophy while John Powis is currently on the books of Sutton Coldfield side Romulus.