Ladies end their league campaign in second place

Daventry go on the attack
Daventry go on the attack
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DAVENTRY Ladies chalked up another well-deserved three points to see them finish once again second in the league to secure another season in Division One.

The season’s finale saw the battle of the extremes with second-placed Daventry Ladies lining up against bottom-of-the- league Saints Thirds.

In the previous fixture the experienced Daventry side dominated for much of the game, but on this meeting Daventry knew they would have to contend with the fresh-legged junior team.

Daventry did not know what hit them in the first 10 minutes as Saints out-played the Town team with the ball camped out in the attacking 25.

But Saints had not locked on to the target and soon the tables turned. Daventry stepped up their game and the roving midfield of Zoe Smiley, Alex Meek and Toni Lambden played the ball around the park with confidence.

Against the run of play, Daventry scored first thanks to the gentle, but precise touch of Ang Bartlett.

Minutes later Daventry linked well again with Jo Biddle laying the ball off to Roni Blyth who sent the ball into the goal, only to have it disallowed by a late whistle.

Daventry time and time found the Saints counter-attacking at pace with previous man of the match Karen barking nervous instructions from the goalmouth.

Saints failed to hit the target thanks to the efforts of Steph Borthwick, Corrina Alphonso and Alison Creaney at the back.

At half-time the town team were able to re-group and shuffle for a more defensive approach.

Mandy Thompson pushed forward through the centre supported by the fully- recovered Hayley Frost.

Saints also reassessed their game and began to exploit Daventry’s weaknesses and were soon over turning possession time and time again with more passion for the game.

Daventry Ladies were taken aback and saw the youngsters running circles around them.

But experience claimed the ball back at crucial junctures of the game with Karen in goal seeing action and thwarting any opportunity.

Daventry showed their determination and prowess to capitalise on scoring opportunities with Toni zig-zagging through players and scoring with a diving reverse stick shot.

The second goal was a turning point as if Daventry found a missing piece of their playing jigsaw and homed in on the target.

The backs of Zoe, Steph and Louise Townsend marked closely to prevent their players pushing forward. Alex claimed a well-deserved goal and crowned her man of the match from a solo run inside the attacking halfstruck cleanly from the top of the D into the bottom left corner.

To their credit, Saints competed until the very end butcould not convert their opportunities.