Bigger clubs need to show more respect

Action from Daventry Town's 8-1 friendly win over Barrow at Communications Park
Action from Daventry Town's 8-1 friendly win over Barrow at Communications Park

Daventry Town narrowly failed to follow in Long Buckby’s footsteps by beating Football League opposition in the pre-season Maunsell Cup match at Communications Park on Tuesday night.

The Bucks’ beat a Cobblers Youth team by 3-2 in 2009 but Daventry went down 2-1 to the Peterborough United Academy side despite a second half penalty from recent signing Mitchell Piggon.

Without the injured Kyle Cartwright as well as holiday-making duo Tom Berwick and Ollie Wilkinson, the Town did well to hit back from a two-goal half-time deficit in front of Peterborough’s larger-than-life former manager Barry Fry.

Current boss Darren (son of Sir Alex) Ferguson was an absentee from Browns Road on a night when out-of-contract Posh first team goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik picked up the winners trophy from NFA president Brian Walden.

The Northamptonshire FA’s failure to insist upon Peterborough or Northampton putting out proper first teams in county cup matches again robbed the host club of any chance of attracting a bumper attendance.

An overhaul of the Hillier and Maunsell Cup competitions is clearly long overdue as the bigger clubs - Brackley Town lost 5-0 at home in the first round of last season’s event - fail to take the NFA Senior Cup seriously.

Meanwhile Daventry are entitled to pour scorn on Rugby Town’s claim not to pay over the odds for players after the signing of the fly-by-night James Jepson when the ex-Kettering midfield man had made only a couple of appearances for Daventry.

Offered a king’s ransom by Daventry, Jepson allegedly changed his mind about moving to Communications Park because of the travelling involved from his Nottingham home. Days later though he moved to Rugby.

With Marcel Simpson also on the books and leading Central Division scorer David Kolodynsky also set to stay at Butlin Road, the “Valley” must be among the favourites to win the SL Division One title this season.

Kettering too should be on the premises even if talented central defender Henry Eze throws in his lot with Conference giants Nuneaton. Don’t rule out big spending Royston and Marlow either.

This Saturday Daventry entertain Ampthill before winding up the pre-season friendlies programme by taking on a Cobblers Youth team next Tuesday in preparation for the first league game at home to Uxbridge on August 9.