Lone goal seals victory for visitors

Mhde-28-01-12-dav town-jan66'Daventry Town in Action in the first half against Northwood at Communications Park, Daventry .
Mhde-28-01-12-dav town-jan66'Daventry Town in Action in the first half against Northwood at Communications Park, Daventry .

DAVENTRY Town did everything but score against a Northwood side which remains on the fringes of the promotion race.

This came as a result of a lone first-half goal from England six-a-side international Rob Ursell at Communications Park on Saturday.

For all the near-misses Mark Kinsella’s team has still not scored a league goal in more than eight hours’ football since the Boxing Day encounter at Woodford. Not even the return of Tom Berwick could stop the rot.

Now in his third spell with the Town after a short stay at Redditch, Berwick had a shot cleared off the line and fired inches wide during an encouraging but fruitless second-half comeback.

Substiture Adam Confue also missed the target with the goal at his mercy in injury-time as yet another defeat left the Town within five points of the Central Division relegation zone.

Last season Daventry scored 10 goals against Northwood who retaliated with two 1-0 victories this time around against a Town side which has struggled to find the goals.

The return of Berwick gave some indication that this sad state of affairs may soon be rectified but midfield signing Paul Dempsey from Brackley Town made little impact during a low-key debut.

Berwick twice forced Northwood goalkeeper Mitch Swain into action during the 13th minute. But failure to mark the talented Ursell led to the visitors themselves spurning a couple of scoring chances through Romaine Walker and James McCluskey.

Eventually man-of-the-match Ursell took matters into his own hands. He picked his spot from the edge of the penalty area in the 40th minute from a corner to fire past goalkeeper Joe Mellings’ outstetched left hand.

In the second-half Berwick, substitute Josh O’Grady and Jason Lee all went close to providing a deserved equaliser as a Northwood side fell deeper and deeper in defence.

“Congy’s” injury-time miss then summed up the Town’s shortcomings in front of goal.

The corresponding fixture last season led to a red card for Northwood defender Mark Burgess and eight yellow cards.

But this was a much better tempered encounter with only Berwick and Northwood’s Liam Fowler picking up bookings.

This Saturday though Daventry must travel to St.Neots to face the Central Division’s most potent attacking force which saw both Stefan Moore and Shane Tolley score hat-tricks in last weekend’s eye-catching 9-2 home win over Aylesbury.