Depleted Daventry bring down curtain on a difficult campaign

Daventry Town manager Allan Smart
Daventry Town manager Allan Smart

Daventry Town bought a difficult season to a close going down by 2-0 at Godalming Town with several key players missing from the team that had beaten Rugby Town the previous weekend.

Brothers Simon and Aaron King, centre back Joe Henderson and striker James Weale were all unavailable for the final Evo-Stik Southern League game of the season. The Daventry bench was a mixture of Academy youth players and coaches Ady Fuller and Alistair Lewis for the Division One Central fixture.

Ryan Zidyana had the first effort on goal after five minutes, his long punt towards goal from a corner kick going narrowly wide of the post.

Daventry centre back Ricky Hill was very unfortunate not to put Town ahead after 15 minutes, a corner from Alex Yearwood found Hill whose goal bound header was cleared off the line by a relieved defender.

Daventry created another chance soon after, a good knock over the top to Alex Yearwood found the young striker bearing down on goal but unfortunately he was too easily nudged off the ball by the Godalming centre back and captain Antonio Simeone and the opportunity had gone.

Godalming went ahead after 22 minutes, a long hopeful ball forward was flicked on by Jack Mazzone over the advancing Daventry keeper Ronnie Carroll who was unable to prevent the header dropping beyond him and into his net.

Godalming went two goals ahead eight minutes later, Carroll making a good save low to the ground but he was unable to hold on to the ball pushing it away to the feet of George Frith who had the simple task of tapping it over the line.

An excellent move late on in the first half found James Tricks chipping the ball over the top to Alex Yearwood whose delicate chip beat G`s keeper Kallum Lunn but came the ball came back off the foot of the post and was cleared to safety.

Godalming winger Darren Wheeler had an excellent opportunity to put his side three goals in front right on half time but he hit his shot high over the trees behind the goal!

Daventry were unfortunate to go in at the interval two goals behind but for two mistakes, otherwise they had played well limiting Godalming to just a few attempts on goal.

At times the Daventry strikers were guilty of not shooting when chances first appeared, too often taking an extra touch on the ball in front of goal when a shot may well have been the better option!

Ryan Howell playing his final game for Daventry before leaving for a teaching post in the UAE curled a wonderful attempt towards goal which went narrowly beyond the upright!

The game petered out towards the final whistle with few other opportunities of note. Daventry finished the season in 19th place in the league table, a comfortable 12 points off the two relegation places occupied by AFC Hayes and North Greenford United, losing just two of their last five games.