THE Motormen were always going to have a mountain to climb against top-flight opposition in the form of St Neots.
And despite going into the game with a positive attitude they were unable to make their mark in a tough home clash at Communications Park which ended in a 3-0 defeat for the Daventry outfit.
St Neots’ win extended their winning streak to 11 as they kept their sights firmly on the title race.
The Motormen got off to a determined start with Duncan Harris heading an early chance just wide of the goal and Will Briscoe rattled the crossbar with another header shortly after.
Daventry, who have had their share of inactivity in recent weeks due to the wintry weather, were keen to get back to competitive games to boost their match fitness levels at a crucial stage in their league campaign.
On Saturday Stefan Moore put the visitors into a lead on the half-hour after Lewis Hilliard headed down a Kieram Davies cross.
But two minutes later Jack Bradshaw doubled the advantage with a superb shot in a move which also featured Shane Tolley.
With only minutes of the match remaining, Moore completed the scoring to seal the win for the visitors.
The goal came about when he received a pass from Tolley and then went on to confidently fire the ball past the United keeper Lee Farrow.