Town go marching on

Ryan Howell celebrates scoring Daventry's second goal.
Ryan Howell celebrates scoring Daventry's second goal.

DAVENTRY Town put a large dent into Rugby Town’s play-off prospects during a high-scoring and entertaining game in front of a record crowd of 342 at Communications Park on Saturday.

Poor organisational skills meant that Rugby could not withstand an early blitz from the on-song Town who raced into a three-goal lead inside half an hour.

Yet again there was an early goal with man-of-the-match Adam Confue scoring inside the opening 60 seconds.

From an innocuous-looking Tom Berwick free-kick “Congy” headed past the unsighted Rugby goalkeeper Dave Clarke before Howard Forinton turned provider in the 12th minute to set up a blockbuster effort from the in-form Ryan Howell.

On his debut Corby Town goalkeeper Aaron Butcher then made a fine reflex save to deny Tyrone Fagan before himself setting up goal number three from a long clearance midway through the first-half.

Berwick’s cross from the left reached Josh Blake whose side-footed shot led to a misunderstanding between Clarke and Rugby full-back Nick Heath who conceded a needless own goal.

That should have been that but the Town players again took their foot off the pedal when almost home and hosed allowing the visitors to get back into the game with goals either side of half-time.

Claudio Hoban scored with a spectacular 30-yard free-kick in the 43rd minute while on the hour the 6ft 10in. Leon Simpson headed home to further reduce the arrears following good work from Nick Preston at a Hoban corner.

Nerves began to click in at this point but the introduction of Russell Dunkley and Josh O’Grady gave fresh impetus to the Town whose fourth and final goal came from the head of Aaron Parkinson after Confue had won a corner on the left for O’Grady.

Little was seen of ex-Town flying winger Richard Wesley in an unfamiliar midfield role for Rugby who now have a mountain to climb to prevent Slough Town from taking the “last” play-off place.

A thoroughly entertaining encounter was marred somewhat by the booking eight players, including Parkinson, Forinton, Berwick and newcomer Butcher from the home side.

Daventry have now done the double over seven teams this season including Rugby themselves who lost the corresponding fixture at Butlin Road by an even more emphatic 4-1 margin at Butlin Road on October 5.