Daventry slip down to sixth after dropping two points

Ricky Hill was on target for Daventry Town at Lincoln United
Ricky Hill was on target for Daventry Town at Lincoln United

Daventry Town slipped to sixth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League after they dropped two points at Lincoln United.

Goals from Ricky Hill and top scorer Nabil Shariff gave Darran Foster’s side a two-goal lead in Saturday’s Division One South clash but the Purple Army were unable to hold on to their advantage in the 2-2 draw.

Rob Prinzel almost gave Daventry the lead in the opening minute, turning swiftly from Hill’s long throw-in but his goalbound shot was deflected for a corner. The Amateurs keeper Sam Vince turned a header from Shariff around the post for a corner and captain Jason Lee fired a shot high over the bar from the resulting flag-kick.

Shariff was soon presented with another opportunity but his snap-shot hit the foot of the post before being cleared away for another corner from which Daventry took a 26th minute lead. Curtis provided a perfect corner for Hill to rise highest and head the ball down past Vince.

Daventry keeper Ben Heath turned a powerful shot from Jack McGovern on to the bar before Shariff scored Town’s second goal in the 38th minute. Shariff broke quickly from the centre of the pitch and hit a fine shot which Vince managed to get his fingertips to but was unable to stop the ball finding the far corner of the net.

Daventry fought hard to take their two-goal advantage into the break but a minute before halftime The Amateurs reduced the arrears through winger Ben Fairclough. After the restart, Daventry struggled to hold on to their slender lead with Heath having to make a number of fine saves as well the post coming to their rescue and another effort being cleared off the line.

But Lincoln got the point their second half pressure deserved in the 63rd minute through Jack McGovern.