Daventry re-ignited their push for a promotion play-off place with a 4-1 beating of Chalfont St Peter on Saturday, writes club publicity officer JIM DAVIS.
It was Town’s first match action for three weeks due to the recent big freeze, but they found their shooting boots.
On target for Darran Foster’s men were Adam Confue, Neil King, Ashley Robinson, with the fourth being an own goal.
The result leaves Daventry in eighth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, seven points shy of fifth-placed Royston, but with two games in hand.
Confue and Robinson created several openings in the first few minutes, a perfect through ball to the feet of Robinson, was finished by the former Bedworth striker hitting his shot over the bar.
Robinson repaid the compliment, providing Confue with his clear opportunity to put Town ahead, after just seven minutes, Robinson hitting a fine ball in to the penalty area, straight to the feet of midfielder Confue, who was able to score with an easy tap in.
Chalfont were playing some good football and the Daventry defenders had to be at their best to deal with the threat they were posing.
Winger Remmell Clarke, back from his spell at North Greenford United fired high over the bar, when through on goal and Daventry keeper Richard Morris was forced to make a fine save from Daniel Tomlin, as Chalfont continued to have most of the possession.
Chalfont were beginning to look even more dangerous, since falling a goal behind, but it was Daventry Town who increased their lead in the 24th minute.
Neil King tried to pass the ball short to Robbie Brown on the left but a defender’s boot deflected the ball back in to the path of King, who calmly controlled the ball and hit a stunning strike from 25 yards, leaving young Saints keeper, Connor Spaans helpless.
Soon after the goal Kyle Cartwright headed a goal bound shot off the goal line, as Chalfont desperately fought to get back in to the game.
But Daventry increased their lead on 27 minutes, Robinson running in on goal and hitting a powerful shot past the keeper to give Town a surprising 3-0 lead at half time.
Chalfont must have been wondering how they had found themselves three goals behind, after having so much possession in the first half and creating some good goal scoring chances for themselves.
Striker Mykel Beckley came on after the hour to replace a tiring Scott Cross, and Ryan Howell and Josh Blake replaced Confue and Robinson soon after, their work had been done.
Chalfont were awarded a dubious penalty in the 78th minute for what looked a clean tackle in the penalty area.
Chlafont skipper John Carroll slammed the ball home to make it 3-1, but the setback appeared to spur Town on to even greater efforts.
Josh Blake was unlucky not to score when he blocked keeper Connor Spaans’ clearance kick, which hit Blake and bounced just beyond the keeper and past the post.
Town were not finished yet, Nat Liburd running in on goal managed to turn the keeper, but the ball hit the foot of a defender only to be turned towards goal and over the line, despite the frantic efforts of keeper and defenders to stop it.
On a day when only a victory would do, Daventry Town came away with the three points.
With leaders Rugby Town falling to s surprise 2-1 defeat to Guildford, it was a good day for Daventry.
The shock defeat of Rugby along with Godalming conceding two goals at strugglers North Greenford United and Burnham sharing the points at Royston Town all seems to indicate that the next three months will throw up a lot more shocks.
While Daventry entertain Kettering Town tomorrow night in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup, the top four clubs play each other in the league.
Third-placed Biggleswade Town play host to second-placed Rugby Town and fourth-placed Burnham are at home to first placed Godalming Town.
Throw in Slough Town visiting Guilford City for extra spice and there will be a lot of Daventry supporters keeping a close eye on those matches.
Next Saturday, while Daventry entertain Thatcham Town at Communications Park, the top clubs clash again, Godalming play Biggleswade and Burnham meet Beaconsfield.
The results of all these games could affect Town’s chances of a play-off place.
If they can keep winning their own games, as we too meet Burnham, Slough and Godalming, soon after our games against Thatcham, Leighton and Chertsey it promises to be an exciting few months of football.