Daventry Town’s new strikers will have a point to prove

MOVING ON - Scott Cross
MOVING ON - Scott Cross

Daventry Town’s new strikers both have points to prove in the coming season after failing to cut the mustard at higher levels of the non-League football pyramid.

Ex-Bedworth United top scorer Mitchell Piggon has been joined at Communications Park by 20-year-old Dior Angus, who has made numerous appearances in the Conference League with Solihull Moors.

The son of former Northampton Town and Rugby Town central defender 
Terry Angus, Dior won a year’s contract with Kidderminster Harriers as a teenager.

He also spent short spells at both Leamington and Banbury United.

Angus netted eight times in more than 30 games for Solihull, while his new partner Piggon (23) was the leading marksman when Bedworth gained promotion from 
the Southern League’s 
Central Division two years ago.

Although Piggon has spent three spells as Bedworth, he was described as ‘disrespectful’ by then manager Ady Fuller when moving briefly to Coalville Town and allegedly reneging on a gentleman’s agreement to stay with the Greenbacks.

Fuller of course won the United Counties League title with Daventry Town and then took the Purple Army to the Southern League play-offs before giving way to Mark Kinsella at Browns Road.

Last season Daventry’s top three strikers, Ashley Robinson, Luke Keen and Scott Cross, shared 41 Southern League goals for the club which again narrowly missed promotion to the Premier Division.

Now Piggon and Angus will need to get their acts together quickly when the new campaign kicks off a week earlier than usual on August 9.

Meanwhile Daventry manager Darran Foster and his backroom boys are still looking to further strengthen their squad in almost all departments after losing up to 11 players in the close-season.

Despite reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup competition last year the Town are still expected to feature in next month’s preliminary round draw for this season’s prestigious event.

A long spell of wet weather and a protracted run in the FA Trophy also combined to hinder Daventry’s promotion prospects in 2013-14 with the team having to play three league games a week in April.

This time help is at hand. The Southern League campaign will be put forward a week and replays will no longer be required in the Trophy which saw Foster’s men play Wingate and Finchley on two occasions last season.

The preliminary round of the FA Cup will take place on August 30 this year with the four qualifying rounds following at fortnightly intervals in September and October before the first round proper on November 8.

FA Trophy matches start on October 18 while both Long Buckby and Woodford United will be under new management when taking part in the FA Vase competition for step five and six clubs.