DAVENTRY TOWN: Boss Smart delighted as high-flying Hanwell are beaten

Daventry Town manager Allan Smart
Daventry Town manager Allan Smart

A goal in each half from in-form striker James Tricks and new signing Aaron King were enough for Daventry Town to take all three points against in a 2-0 win at high-riding Hanwell Town.

In their previous match, ‘the Geordies’ had ended Bedworth United’s eight-game unbeaten run, by beating the second-placed championship contenders 3-2.

After last weekend’s fine comeback from 2-0 down to secure a hard-earned point in the 2-2 draw at home to Bedford Town, Daventry Manager Allan Smart made four changes.

Back in goal came former Northampton Town youth team player Ben Heath, replacing Louis Porcelli, and Simon King switched from right wing to right back, replacing Ricky Hill who had been struggling with an injury.

Pierce Kiembi started for the first time since the defeat to Barton Rovers, and new signing Aaron King returned to Daventry Town for the second time from Bedford Town, joining older brother Simon in the starting line-up.

Smart thought his team produced an excellent performance with the recent signing of brothers Simon and Aaron King giving the team a lot more spirit and strength in the central areas.

“It was an excellent performance to come away with all three points at Hanwell,” said the Daventry boss.

“Ady Fuller and I always felt the addition of Aaron King would help create a much better balance throughout the team. The character, attitude and commitment shown by the lads in our last two games has been satisfying.

“We now have a lot more dig in key areas of the field.”

Smart was also pleased with the performance from recalled goalkeeper Heath.

“Ben has reacted very well since being dropped from the starting line-up after the defeat to Barton Rovers,” said Smart.

“Young players need time out from match play to regroup and focus on what they do well. Ben has done that, producing a great performance on his return to the team.”

Smart has been particularly pleased with his defence over the last two undefeated games.

“Our two young centre backs Joe Henderson and Ryan Zidyana have produced some outstanding performances,” said the Daventry boss.

“Their input alongside Ashley Deeney, Simon King and Arron Parkinson have been the reason for our first clean sheet this year!”

Aaron King’s ‘second coming’ started anxiously, a mistimed challenge forced the referee to caution the former Bedford Eagle within the first minute. Daventry took an early lead after a good run out on the left by Anthony O’Connor who passed the ball back to Tricks. The in-form striker then beat keeper Alex Tokarczyk with a fine shot to put Town in front after 22 minutes.

Connor Duffy, one of three brothers in the Hanwell line –up received a caution soon after the goal for a strong tackle on Parkinson. Parky was unable to continue and was replaced by James Hancocks.

Fortunately for Parkinson, x-rays have since shown there is no break and he could be ready to return for next weekend’s match at North Greenford United.

Daventry continued to create the better chances in the second half and their persistence was rewarded with 20 minutes remaining when Aaron King scored their second.

A free-kick from Simon King out on the right dropped perfectly for Ryan Howell at the far post. Howell headed the ball back across goal for Aaron King to smash the ball past keeper Alex Tokarczyk.

On Saturday Daventry hope to extend their unbeaten run of games to three when they travel to Middlesex once again to take on struggling North Greenford United.

‘The Blues’ have not won a match since beating Bedford Town last October, the most recent of the three games they have won all season.

Match facts

Hanwell Town 0 Daventry Town 2

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Location: Reynolds Lane, Perivale, Middlesex.

Daventry Town: Ben Heath, Ashley Deeney (Capt), Simon King, Joe Henderson, Ryan Zidyana, Arron Parkinson (James Hancocks 31mins), Pierce Kiembi, Ryan Howell, James Tricks (Ryan DaSilva 66mins), Aaron King (James Weale 75mins), Anthony O’Connor.

Cards: Daventry – Aaron King 1mins, Anthony O’Connor 79mins

Scorers: Daventry Town – James Tricks 22mins, Aaron King 70mins

Player of the match: Joe Henderson

Attendance: 88