Daventry Town maintain 100 per cent start with comfortable win

ON TARGET - Deqwon Ebanks scored Daventry's third at Northwood (picture: Jass Lall)
ON TARGET - Deqwon Ebanks scored Daventry's third at Northwood (picture: Jass Lall)

Daventry Town maintained their 100 per cent start to their Calor League Southern Division One campaign with a 3-0 win at Northwood.

First-half goals from Josh Blake and Scott Cross, plus a last-minute effort from substitute Deqwon Ebanks did the damage.

Town started the game very well; Blake got his head to a cross from Ryan Howell after 10 minutes which narrowly hit the crossbar.

The young Northwood keeper Jake Knight made several good saves in the first 30 minutes, an early snap shot from Adam Confue and a long range effort from Scott Cross, testing the former England schoolboy international keeper.

Daventry took the lead in the 24th minute, a long cross from captain Guy Sanders was headed over the head of Knight and under the cross bar by the busy Blake.

The visitors increased their lead 10 minutes later, Scott Cross managed to find a good position and space out on the right to chip the advancing keeper with ease.

Chris Murphy and Ryan Howells were creating several openings from the centre of the field, Howells hitting a shot just wide of the post and man-of-the-match Chris Murphy causing all sorts of problems in the Northwood defence.

Substitute Ebanks came on and almost scored when put through on goal but keeper Knight was quick on his heels to come out and block his shot, later Ebanks received a yellow card for time wasting, but then converted Town’s third goal in the final minute, twice having his shot blocked before beating the Northwood keeper.

Daventry return to Communications Park for a lucrative Bank Holiday Monday fixture against local rivals Rugby Town.

A big crowd is expected and supporters of both clubs are being encouraged to arrive early.

Daventry Town: Richard Morris, Joe Coleman, Olli Wilkinson, Guy Sanders (Capt), Liam Dolman, Adam Confue, Ross Oulton, Ryan Howell, Scott Cross (Ashley Robinson74), Josh Blake (Deqwon Ebanks 74), Chris Murphy.

Goals: Josh Blake 24, Scott Cross 34, Deqwon Ebanks 90