Daventry boss Foster excited to be back on the FA Cup trail

UP FOR THE CUP - Daventry Town boss Darran Foster
UP FOR THE CUP - Daventry Town boss Darran Foster

Daventry Town get back on the FA Cup trail on Saturday when they travel to Ashford Town.

And manager Darran Foster says he is ‘excited’ to be back in the competition that saw Daventry reach the first round proper last year.

Town eventually lost 2-0 at Chesterfield - who went on to win the Sky Bet League Two title - and the club would love to repeat that feat this season.

“We move on to the FA Cup and a tough tie at Ashford Town, and it is hard not to get excited after last year’s success,” admitted Foster.

“In this competition you have to have the luck of the draw and if we manage to get through at Ashford, an away tie at premier division Hitchin Town awaits.

“So it is a very tough task ahead, but we will be well up for the journey.”

Daventry go into the match on the back of a narrow 1-0 Calor League Division One Central defeat at Kettering Town on Monday.

It was a match that Foster felt his team deserved more from, especially as the only goal of the game was a deflected Alfie Taylor free-kick just eight minutes from the end of the game.

“To lose the match to a deflected goal is hard to swallow, especially on the

back of a terrible decision by the man in the middle to give the free kick for what was just a slip in the first place,” said the Daventry boss.

“With six first team regulars missing and four 18-year-olds in our starting line-up, our performance was superb.

“I honestly felt we should have been out of sight by half time, with a couple of good chances going begging.

“Once again we dominated good periods of the game and showed great energy to compete with Kettering.

“We were always going to tire as the wafer thin squad had worked so hard.

“Kettering had their moments and a great save by Ben Heath prevented them scoring with their only real goal scoring chance in open play.

“We defended superbly with Nathan Haines and Martin Hutchcox showing the kind of form we would expect of them, along with full backs Deeney and Wilkinson who also had magnificent games.

“It is hard to single players out for good performances as many of the lads had their best games to date, so the signs are good for the rest of the season.

“A touch of togetherness is starting to show amongst the lads, which has happened quicker than we expected after a summer of new recruits.”

Foster is hopeful he will have a stronger squad for the trip to Middlesex to take on Ashford.

“Tommy Berwick and Dior Angus should both return to the squad on Saturday,” said the Daventry manager

“Mitch Piggon is one to two weeks away from full fitness and Richard Morris, Kyle Cartwright look like being out for even longer, plus Josh Blake is away on honeymoon.

“We are looking at other options, perhaps bringing in a couple of new faces to boost numbers within the squad over the next few weeks.”