Crunch time for Foster’s men as rivals head for Communications Park

ON THE HORIZON - Kettering Town will be visitors to Communications Park next week
ON THE HORIZON - Kettering Town will be visitors to Communications Park next week

Daventry Town’s fast-growing reputation as the Calor League’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ team will be further put to the test when Division One Central leaders Dunstable Town and big spenders Kettering Town both visit Communications Park within the next fortnight.

Unbeaten in taking 34 points from their first dozen home games, Daventry’s scheduled trip to bottom-of-the-table Ashford Town on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Without an away win before that since triumphing at Aylesbury, Northwood and Royston during the first month of the season, Town have gleaned a measly two points from their past six league games on foreign soil culminating in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat in monsoon conditions at Beaconsfield.

Will it be 13th time unlucky for the Purple Army when all-conquering Dunstable descend upon Browns Road this weekend? Controversial Kettering also pose a major threat 10 days later.

“Dunstable beat us fair and square 3-1 early in the campaign,” conceded Town manager Darran Foster.

“They remain title favourites as not even Kettering come close to matching the Bedfordshire club’s wages structure.”

Even so, Dunstable have found life slightly more taxing since heavy pitches became the weekly norm.

Odd-goal victories over Northwood, Chalfont St Peter and St Ives were interspersed by lack-lustre draws against both Royston and Leighton Town. Last Saturday though saw danger man Lee Roache score another hat-trick in the 4-1 defeat of North Greenford.

Meanwhile Kettering have become public enemies No.1 amongst the other Division One Central clubs on spending money like water since the successful launch of a ‘Save The Poppies’ campaign.

Barton Rovers and St Ives both contributed to the fund only to lose players to high-profile Kettering boss Dean Thomas soon afterwards.

Since the £58,000 Nene Park rent arrears were paid off, the Poppies have wasted little time in signing Brackley Town’s talented £300-a-week striker Elliot Sandy who marked his debut with a late equaliser at Rugby.

At the halfway stage in their league programme, Daventry have amassed 45 points but manager Foster has heeded the recent danger signals by putting in seven-day approaches for two experienced midfield players.

Play-anywhere Leamington defender James Husband is expected to put pen to paper at Communications Park later today following a successful loan spell at Stratford Town.

Bedworth United’s creative midfielder Ben Steane has already rejected one approach from Daventry when targeted by former boss Ady Fuller as a Rugby Town player three years ago.

Both he and Husband would put pressure on the existing Daventry midfield trio of Ross Oulton, Adam Confue and Ryan Howell, who have all lost form in varying degrees since the heroic FA Cup defeat at Chesterfield.

Lack of away points though remain the Town’s biggest bugbear but that enviable unbeaten home record will also come under the microscope against both Dunstable and Kettering in the next 12 days.