Victory sees Town eye play-off places

Aaron Parkinson (number five) chests the ball down
Aaron Parkinson (number five) chests the ball down

FIVE straight wins, 15 points and 20 goals inside three weeks have propelled Daventry Town to within touching distance of the Central Division play-off places after Saturday’s hard-earned victory over Burnham at Communications Park.

There was little of the flamboyance shown in recent successes away to Northwood (6-0), Beaconsfield (5-3) or Ashford Town (4-1) but another solid performance led to unanswered second-half goals for Callum Burgess and top scorer Tom Berwick.

Between goals experienced striker Howard Forinton got his marching orders for picking up a second yellow card, both of which appeared to be given for alleged diving in order to pick up free kicks.

Strangely though Burnham looked less likely to score after Daventry were reduced to 10 men than they had done during the first-half when Ryan Bird and Will Dunlop both fired narrowly wide from set pieces.

Town goalkeeper Andy Kemp was required to make two excellent fingertip saves from Bird and Lee Togwell in the second-half but Burnham appeared to lose heart after defender Burgess scored his first goal in Daventry colours in the 56th minute.

The ex-Hinckley United player blasted home from close range from a Berwick cross but only eight minutes later the Town’s leading marksman got his own name on the scoresheet with a “route one” goal from a quickly-taken Tom Bates free-kick.

After that makeshift striker Josh Blake missed a sitter as well as picking up a yellow card for arguing with the referee as the game fizzled out with over-elaboration from Josh O’Grady on the left flank as the Town sought a third goal.

New man Tom Bates never quite managed to repeat his two-goal debut at Ashford a week earlier but the defence again looked solid under the marshalling of Aaron Parkinson and Burgess while Berwick was in lively form up front.

Even a fifth win in as many matches could not quite list the Town into that elusive top five but with games in hand over all their main rivals it can only be a matter of time before Daventry break into the play-off places.

On the credit side Jason Lee took his place on the bench after coming safely through a recent game for Daventry United while Ryan Howell and the recently-banned Adam Confue were both used as second-half substitutes.