Season preview: Who will challenge the Town?

Darran Foster
Darran Foster

After taking his team to a creditable eighth place in his first season, Daventry Town manager Darran Foster is looking forward to building on the success of last season when Town lost just 10 games, just one more than Biggleswade Town, who reached the play-off final and achieved promotion.

The bookmakers place Daventry sixth favourites to win the league, behind predictable front-runners Slough Town, big spenders Royston Town, last season’s play–off finalists Rugby Town and two newcomers to the Central League, undefeated South Midlands League champions Dunstable Town and Kettering Town, now playing their football at Burton Latimer. Beaconsfield SYCOB and AFC Hayes make up the top eight.

It won’t be easy, but Foster says his side are more than capable of winning promotion this season.

“I am very happy to have kept so many players from last season,” he said.

“It shows an excellent commitment to myself and to the club. The lads know each other inside out and that helps their understanding of each other’s game. “

“Training has been very positive and I have been very pleased with our preparations for the new season.

“The chairman and I are ambitious, we have set our goal as promotion, it would be massive for this club to achieve, but one that is possible.”

Foster is happy with his squad and believes his new players will only make his team even stronger,

He added: “Bringing Deqwon Ebanks in on loan from Birmingham City finished our business for the summer. I am more than happy with the squad I have.

“We have a much sharper Ashley Robinson up front and Chris Murphy should also score lots of goals from midfield.

“Extra support will be provided by Olli Wilkinson and Joe Colman, two attacking quality full-backs and the back line could be the tightest defence in the league.

On who he thought were the Town’s main challengers for promotion, he added: “There are no easy games in this league, we must play each game as though it’s a cup final.

“I would expect Beaconsfield to once again figure in the play-off places, alongside Slough.

“Rugby Town reached the play-off final and I expect them to be in the top three. Both Dunstable and Royston have spent a lot of money over the summer on new players so both will be up there.”