United get New Year off in style

Daventry United fight off the challenge in a dour battle at Communications Park
Daventry United fight off the challenge in a dour battle at Communications Park

THE Motormen could not have wished for a better start to the New Year with an important home victory against Irchester United.

And Darran Foster’s side did not keep the supporters waiting for their opener – with a superb goal only 16 seconds into the match.

The superfast strike came from Will Briscoe who fired the ball into the top corner of the Irchester net to the obvious delight of the home supporters.

The early goal was particularly welcome as the Motormen were keen to avenge their 3-0 away defeat in December.

The Motormen increased their lead with a brace from Darren Frost after 17 and 35 minutes to put them into a healthy position as the half-time whistle loomed.

Frost’s first goal came when he got behind the defensive line and headed the ball over a defender who was on the goal line.

His second strike was, in the opinion of his manager, “the goal of the game” and was almost a carbon copy of Briscoe’s stunning opening strike.

Frost fired the ball into the top corner giving the visiting keeper no chance.

But the goals were not over in the first-half as Irchester pulled one back in a late rally with only seconds of the half remaining.

Irchester completed their scoring on the hour but despite a tense end to the game the Motormen fought off the pressure to take all three points at the final whistle.

United manager Darran Foster said that his side had dominated the game in the first and the last half-hour with some of their best football played all year.

Now Foster is hoping his side will avoid the catalogue of injuries his players suffered last season, especially at such a crucial time in their league campaign.

The Motormen face a couple of tough weeks ahead and Foster described February as “a big month” with a crucial matches to be played which could decide the outcome of the season.