DAVENTRY TOWN: Chesterfield slump in form offers Daventry hope in FA Cup

GOAL THREAT - Chesterfield's former Cobblers striker Marc Richards
GOAL THREAT - Chesterfield's former Cobblers striker Marc Richards

Chesterfield may be only a point adrift of Sky Bet League Two leaders Oxford United, but the Spireites’ recent form will give a ray of hope to FA Cup upstarts Daventry Town in the run-up to next week’s first round encounter at the Proact Stadium.

A 4-3 defeat at Morecambe almost a month ago has been followed by drawn games against Fleetwood, York and Bristol Rovers, not to mention defeats by both Mansfield Town and Burton Albion.

Daventry manager Darran Foster was hoping the televised first round draw would throw up a trip to Wolverhampton, Sheffield or Portsmouth, but says he is happy to settle for an away tie with a Derbyshire club which reached the FA Cup semi-finals 16 years ago.

Last weekend, the Spireites had Eoin Doyle sent-off during Sunday’s goalless draw with Bristol Rovers.

Tricky winger Gary Roberts did enough though to suggest that he is the one Daventry need to watch most carefully on November 9, while former Northampton Town man Marc Richards will also be a danger.

It’s tight at the top of league two, with only two points separating half a dozen clubs but Chesterfield will have noticed that they stand 92 places above potential giantkillers Daventry Town in English football’s pecking order.

The lowest ranked team still in this season’s FA Cup, Town were highlighted as one of 10 teams to look out for by ITV presenter Mark Pougatch when Sunday’s draw was made in London’s famous Connaught Rooms.

A number 79 was stamped on Daventry’s black ball and Ray Parlour, a four-time FA Cup winner with Arsenal, pulled out Town’s name alongside Chesterfield.

“Chesterfield moved into a 12,000 capacity stadium a few years ago and the game will be a day to remember for all our players, officials and supporters,” said an excited Foster.

Several hundred ‘Purple Army’ supporters are expected to make the drive up the M1. Twice division three north champions in the 1930s the Spireites have twice since taken the division four title.

A league two title followed in 2010-11 with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ending up in the trophy cabinet a year later.

Meanwhile, Town must first focus on this Saturday’s FA Trophy game at Wingate and Finchley, which offers a chance to complete a hat-trick of victories over step three opponents so far this season.

Grays Athletic were hammered 4-0 in the FA Cup only three days before Daventry came from behind to beat Corby Town 2-1 in the Trophy.