Despite taking a sixth minute lead with a goal from Oxford United scholar Robbie Cundy, Daventry Town lost 3-1 to Aylesbury United at Communications Park on Saturday.
The Ducks came back to score three goals within the first 30 minutes to secure three welcome points against an improving Daventry team.
Daventry deserved at least a point from the match, creating several very good opportunities to score, but their finishing let them down.
Cundy and Miles Welch-Hayes replaced Ryan Zidyana and Joel Gyasi and were the only changes from the side beaten 1-0 at the Aylesbury Moles last Tuesday.
Ryan Howell returns to the squad against Chalfont St Peter on Tuesday, and Craig McKay ends his four match suspension at Northwood on Saturday.
Daventry started the match with a series of strikes on goal, Andrew Musungu having a fierce shot blocked then followed up with another strike which went the wrong side of the keeper’s left hand post.
Good approach work from Anthony O’Connor and Ashley Deeney also resulted in Musungu forcing 23-year-old Bermudan international goalkeeper Tahj Bell into collecting a dangerous cross off the head of James Tricks.
Daventry’s great start provided the opening goal, Cundy rising unopposed to head in a perfectly weighted Ashley Deeney corner.
Daventry should have gone on and extended their lead, but it was United who equalised four minutes later, a blocked shot deflected to striker Stacey Field, who looked to be in an offside position was presented with a simple tap into an open goal.
Ducks full-back Jake Bewley forced Daventry keeper Ben Heath to turn a shot around the post for a corner minutes before.
A Musungu free kick was controlled by Jamal Clarke who swiftly turned and put a shot narrowly past Bell’s left hand post, but then United took an unexpected lead, Daventry keeper Heath not able to deal with a corner kick from which striker Greg Williams got the slightest of touches to send the ball into the empty net.
Conceding the goal appeared to affect the confidence and composure of the Daventry team, both Arron Parkinson and Tricks receiving cautions minutes before United increased their lead with full-back Bewley scoring the Ducks’ third.
Despite going in at the break two goals behind, Daventry fought hard in the second half to level the scores, midfielder Ben Farrell firing a shot high over the cross bar from a promising position in front of goal and O’Connor putting a shot just past the far post.
Jamal Clarke met a fine cross and forced a fingertip save from Bell and Miles Welch-Hayes got in a good shooting position only to put his shot over the crossbar.
Despite their pressure, Daventry were unable to add to the goal they had scored so early in the match.
On Tuesday night, Daventry meet Chalfont St Peter in a rearranged fixture at Communications Park, and on Saturday they travel to north London to take on Northwood.
Daventry Town 1 v Aylesbury United 3
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Communications Park, Daventry
Daventry Town: Ben Heath, Ashley Deeney (Capt), Ricky Hill (Ryan Zidyana 45mins), Robbie Cundy, Jamal Clarke, Arron Parkinson, Andrew Musungu, Ben Farrell, James Tricks (Harry Southern 80mins), Miles Welch – Hayes, Anthony O`Connor.
Cards: Daventry - Arron Parkinson 27mins, James Tricks 34mins
Goalscorers: Daventry Town - Robbie Cundy 6mins, United – Stacey Field 10mins, Greg Williams 21mins, Jake Bewley 29mins