DAVENTRY TOWN: Foster wants players to do themselves justice on big stage

GLORY DAY - Daventry Town players celebrate their final qualifying round win over Hartley Wintney
GLORY DAY - Daventry Town players celebrate their final qualifying round win over Hartley Wintney

Boss Darran Foster just wants his Daventry Town players to do themselves justice on the big stage when they travel to Sky Bet League Two high-flyers Chesterfield in the FA Cup first round on Saturday (ko 3pm).

A travelling ‘purple army’ of close to 1,000 Town fans are making the trip up the M1 cheer on their team as they play in the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in their 126-year history.

And Foster is dreaming of his players providing those fans with a day to remember for the rest of their lives.

The Spireites are red-hot favourites to progress into round two, especially as they are on home soil, but Foster admits that he has dared to dream his Daventry players, who play in Calor League Division One Central, can cause what would be one of the great FA Cup upsets.

“It is going to be tough, but it is going to be a really enjoyable day,” said Foster.

“Me being me, I will always dream that we can win it because I wouldn’t go into it any other way.

“Over the years we have seen so many other teams do it, so the possibility is there, and who knows what can happen?

“We will go out there and play our game, we can only play one way, and if that works it works.

“We aren’t blind and we know what we are going into, but if the lads turn up and make a good show of themselves then they have done their job, and that is something we can be happy with.”

Daventry will travel to the game on Saturday morning and will be showing off a new look at the Proact Stadium. The team’s usual all-purple strip clashes with Chesterfield’s blue, so Daventry will wear white shirts, purple shorts and white socks.

“The chairman (Iain Humphrey) has treated us to a new kit,” revealed Foster. “The players are having their names on the shirts as well, everything is being done right, and the shirts will be memorabilia for them whatever happens.

“We’ll be wearing white, which has annoyed the chairman, but with them wearing blue it’s a clash we can’t get away with!”

And Foster heaped praise on Humphrey and all he has done for the squad ahead of the game, saying: “The chairman has done everything just right for us.

“He has asked us what we want, and how we want to do things, and we have been sensible about it because we don’t really want to change things too much. The lads are used to what they are used to, and let’s just keep them doing that.”

Daventry warmed up for the Cup clash with a 3-1 FA Trophy third qualifying round replay win over Wingate & Finchley last night.