Delight for Daventry as striker Berwick returns to Communications Park

DAVENTRY RETURN - striker Tommy Berwick has re-signed for Daventry Town
DAVENTRY RETURN - striker Tommy Berwick has re-signed for Daventry Town
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Prolific striker Tommy Berwick has signed for Daventry Town for a third time.

The much-travelled hitman has handed Purple Army supporters a massive boost by rejoining Town as they strive to win the Calor League Division One Central title.

Darran Foster’s men were 2-0 winners over Aylesbury United on Wednesday night, a result that saw them move to within 10 points of leaders Rugby Town, with a massive SIX games in hand.

Berwick’s return will give Foster another attacking option as his team face a gruelling run of 17 league matches in just seven weeks.

Daventry press officer Jim Davis said: “Supporters of Daventry Town know Tommy is a prolific goal scorer and needs no introduction.

“He made his name with the Town early in his career, scoring 52 goals when the club romped away with the United Counties League Championship in 2009/10.

“That form earned him a move to Nuneaton Town in the summer of 2010, but he didn’t make a competitive appearance for them, with manager Kevin Wilkin admitting that due to the form of the club’s other strikers he wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip.

“Tommy was loaned back to Daventry early in 2010/11 and when he was released by Nuneaton in October 2010, he returned to Town on a permanent deal, and who can forget season 2010/11?

“Tommy finished the season with 30 league and cup goals, and was the second leading goal scorer in the league behind John Frendo of Hitchin Town.

“Frendo finished with one goal more, as Hitchin beat Daventry Town 2-0 in the play-off final, with Frendo scoring the opening goal for Hitchin in front of an attendance of 1048.

“A very speedy and direct striker, Tommy was snapped up by Leamington Town during the summer of 2011.

“He scored three goals in 21 appearances for Leamington early in 2011/12 and in December 2011 stepped up to the Blue Square North with Redditch United.

“Tommy only scored a couple of goals during his spell with Redditch, however, and ended the season back at Daventry Town.

“In the summer of 2012, Tom began a second spell with Leamington and was in good form early in the season.

“He scored 10 goals in 30 games before being sidelined with a shoulder injury and when he was back to full fitness he signed for Stratford Town on a short term loan deal in March, 2013.

“Leamington ended the season by winning the Southern League Premier Division, while Stratford Town were crowned champions of the Midland Alliance.

“Last summer Tommy moved to Corby Town in June 2013, coming back to Daventry Town with his new club in the FA Trophy in October.

“With the score goalless, the deadlock was broken by Tommy ‘Grizzly’ Berwick, with a sweet strike from the edge of the area, beating keeper Richard Morris, easily at his right hand post.

“Applause for the goal came from both Corby and the Daventry supporters, with many happy to see Berwick back at the club he served so well.

“But goals from Ashley Robinson and Tom Lorraine made it an unhappy return!

“Tommy left Corby and moved on to Hemel Hempstead briefly in December 2013.

“Tommy then went on to Stourbridge Town in January 2014, before returning to Daventry for the third time.

“With 17 matches to play in the final seven weeks of the season, the Purple Army will be excited by the return of one of the greatest goal scorers Daventry Town has ever had.

“With four top strikers in the squad, Daventry will be a real threat in the coming matches and being able to rotate the front pairings.

“That will be a real bonus as the matches come thick and fast.”

Berwick will go straight into Daventry’s squad for Saturday’s trip to North Greenford.