Boss Foster plays down rivalry ahead of derby date with Poppies

Daventry Town boss Darran Foster
Daventry Town boss Darran Foster

Darran Foster denies Daventry Town’s agonising play-off defeat at Kettering Town last season will add more spice to the upcoming Bank Holiday fixture.

But he does expect his players to be hugely motivated as they bid to pick up a vital three points against the title challengers at Latimer Park.

Daventry were unfortunate to fall to a 1-0 loss at the same venue in April as the Poppies progressed to the Southern League Division One Central play-off final.

Slough Town stopped them from earning promotion, but Kettering have started strongly this season, living up to their pre-season billing as the ones to beat, although they did suffer their first loss of the season at Leighton on Tuesday.

Foster is looking forward to taking them on and is hoping for a similarly defiant display to the one that almost earned Daventry a one-off shot at promotion.

“Kettering have started well so we know what we’re up against,” said Foster, who must first take his side to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough old fixture but we need to start finding some consistency.

“Kettering were always going to be big favourites for the title with the signings they’ve made and we were always going to be a side chasing.

“We were superb when we played them in the play-offs and they might have felt a bit lucky because we dominated after they scored inside the first 12 seconds. We gave everything that day and the lads are up for this game.

“There won’t be anything extra about it because of what happened last season, we just want to give a good account of ourselves and hopefully come away with something.”