Daventry Town boss Darran Foster has challenged his players to shrug off their County Cup disappointment and end their league season on a high .
Daventry were beaten 3-1 by Blue Square North outfit Corby Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup Final at Sixfields on Tuesday night.
It was a battling performance from Foster’s men, but Corby in the end had that little bit too much quality.
But there is no time for the Town players to feel sorry for themselves, as they are back in Evo-Stik League Division One Central action at Communications Park tonight (Thurs) against Leighton.
They then entertain Fleet on Saturday before wrapping up their season with a trip to Guildford on April 27.
And although the play-off spot Daventry have been chasing all season looks like eluding them, Foster still wants to go into the summer break smiling by ending the season with a bang.
“If we can finish the season sixth or seventh in the league, then I will be really, really chuffed and we can have another good go at it next season,” said Foster.
“We are straight back into action tonight and then again on Saturday.
“Then we have a week off before the final game of the season, and we want three more wins to finish the season off.
“We have Leighton and Fleet at home, and we should be getting wins from those games even though they will be tough, and if we can finish on 79 points that will be an achievement.
“No team has ever got that many points in the past seven years and not got into the play-offs, but we have to aim for that.”
Foster will now be checking on his walking wounded before naming his side for tonight’s game, and he admits he will have to shuffle his pack.
Right-back Marcus Jackson will definitely miss the game as he suffered a hamstring strain against Corby, and Foster said: “We have one youngster left that we can probably bring into the squad, but otherwise we have what we have.
“I will probably make five changes, with the whole bench from Tuesday starting, and we go again.”