Daventry Town skipper Liam Dolman is hoping FA Cup fever will continue to grip the club’s supporters and ensure bumper crowds at Communications Park for the rest of the season.
It’s a sentiment echoed by midfielder Ryan Howell and boss Darran Foster, who were overwhelmed by the backing the team got from the 750-strong ‘Purple Army’ that followed the team to Chesterfield for Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup loss at the Proact Stadium.
The average crowd for home games at Daventry so far this season is a little more than 130, but the level of support in Derbyshire showed the potential that is there.
Daventry return to action on home soil on Saturday when they host Ramsgate in the FA Trophy, and Dolman would love to see a big crowd pour through the turnstiles.
“The reception at the end on Saturday was brilliant, and we don’t get that too often,” said the Town skipper, who is set to miss the weekend clash due to a hamstring strain.
“We want those fans to come to our league and other cup games as well and get behind us, because I think it makes us play better when there is a crowd there.
“That showed on Saturday I think, but we just need to keep doing what we are doing and hopefully they will come along.”
Howell said: “We would like to see those fans watching us every week. That is obviously not the case, as we don’t 900 or 1,000 fans at home games.
“The chairman (Iain Humphrey) tries everything to get people down to the games. We have plenty of flat screen TVs there, and he wants the fans to come and watch the big games and then watch us afterwards, or before.
“So hopefully the fans will have enjoyed it on Saturday and then will come and watch us more often.
“It would be great to get that atmosphere going at home and at away games in the league and other cup competitions.”
Foster was bursting with pride at Chesterfield, not only with the performance of his players, but also at the support from the travelling fans, and he said: “To look up at the scoreboard and see that there were 750 there from Daventry was something else, it was very emotional.”
The Cup run was great and made the club money, but Foster now has to ensure his players re-focus their attention on the main ambition of the season - promotion from the Calor League Division One Central.
“When I spoke to the chairman at the start of the season we didn’t talk about the FA Cup or FA Trophy, we talked about promotion and that is still our goal,” said Foster.
“That will be made harder now because we have lost a lot of games and need to catch up.
“We have to bounce back on to it, we have to get our heads straight back on to the league, claw some games back and hopefully get some wins.”