Following the excitement of the FA Cup victory at Belper, Daventry suffered the disappointment of seeing their 19-match unbeaten run come to an end as they lost 3-1 at Dunstable Town on Tuesday.
There is always a tendency for teams to slip up after the adrenalin of a big victory, this was partly the case at Dunstable, Daventry looked sluggish and unable to reach the standards of recent weeks.
Boss Darran Foster, after the match, said: “That was disappointing result, but we have had a wonderful run. We are no longer unbeaten, but we need to bounce back from this defeat.
“Although we started reasonably well and managed the early goal, we never did get to grips with the movement and pace of Dunstable.
“We gifted them the first goal and their second goal was just a comedy of errors.
“The whole squad know that it must not happen again, and as long as they learn from it, we will move on quickly.
“They have shown plenty of character and conviction; I will not judge them on one poor performance.”
Daventry started the game brightly, Mykel Beckley making space for himself to fire Town into the lead.
But Dunstable levelled within three minutes through Tony Burnett.
Dunstable dominating much of the game and Daventry struggled to get out of their half. The home side took the lead right on half-time, Daventry keeper Richard Morris unable to hold on to a shot from Lee Roache, and Chris Marsh stabbing the ball home.
Ex-Barnet man Roache caused the Daventry defenders all kinds of problems and it was no surprise when he completed the scoring in the final minutes.
The win puts Dunstable into second place in the table, four points behind Daventry, but having played a game more. If Dunstable are able to hold on to Roache and their other star players, they will be serious contenders for promotion or a play-off place, come the end of the season.
This Saturday (October 5th) Daventry entertain Sutton Coldfield Town in the FA Trophy at Communications Park, before returning to home league action v Egham United next Tuesday (Oct 8).
Tuesday, October 1
Dunstable Town 3 Daventry Town 1
Calor League Division One Central
Location: Creasey Park, Dunstable Town
Daventry: Richard Morris, Ollie Wilkinson, Josh Blake, Marcel Simpson, Liam Dolman, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Neil King (Ryan Howell 62m), Mykel Beckley, Ashley Robinson, (Tom Lorraine 60m), Scott Cross, (Dequon Ebanks 67m).
Scorers: Beckley 8m
Man of the Match: Mykel Beckley
In the book: Ross Oulton 90(Yellow)