Daventry four points clear after crucial win at Hayes

MATCH WINNER - Daventry striker Luke Keen
MATCH WINNER - Daventry striker Luke Keen

Daventry Town are just two wins away from clinching the Calor League Division One Central title.

Darran Foster’s men came from behind to win 2-1 at AFC Hayes on Thursday night, and in doing so put themselves firmly in the title race driving seat.

Daventry are now four points clear of second-placed Dunstable Town, five clear of third and fourth-placed Rugby and Slough, and six clear of fifth-placed Kettering Town - and Town still have a game in hand on all of them.

Daventry now have 85 points in the bag, and with the maximum Dunstable can achieve this season being 90, two more wins will do the job for Foster’s men.

And they could be champions as early as Easter Monday.

The Purple Army are back in action on Saturday when they host eighth-placed Royston, before Monday’s big Northants derby at play-off chasing and form horses Kettering Town, who were 3-0 winners at Daventry last month.

Town then go to Egham for their game in hand on Wednesday, before hosting Chalfont St Peter in their final game of the season at Communications Park next Saturday.

On Thursday, Daventry fell behind to a Hayes strike after 28 minutes, but they had turned the game on its head by half-time.

Crucially, just three minutes after Hayes’ opener, Ross Oulton equalised to make it 1-1.

Then, on 37 minutes striker Luke Keen scored to make it 2-1 to visitors, and Daventry held on to their lead to seal three massive points.

The match against Royston on Saturday will be a tricky one for Town, but the visitors’ play-off challenge has now ended, and that could work in Daventry’s favour.

When the two sides met at Royston way back in September, Daventry claimed a 1-0 win.

A similar result this weekend will go down very nicely.