Foster: Too many draws have killed Daventry challenge

EYES ON THE BALL - action from Daventry's 2-1 win over Ashford last Saturday (Picture: Ian Spencer)
EYES ON THE BALL - action from Daventry's 2-1 win over Ashford last Saturday (Picture: Ian Spencer)

Boss Darran Foster admits too many draws have ‘killed’ Daventry Town’s play-off hopes.

Town sit seventh in the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central after a 1-1 at AFC Hayes on Tuesday night.

James Gould scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in stoppage time at the end of the game, and it was Daventry’s 10th draw of the campaign.

They have been involved in more stalemates than any other side in the division.

Town still harbour the slimmest of chances of finishing in the play-off places, sitting seven points adrift of the top five.

But Foster admits that’s a long shot and he is left to rue his side’s inability to turn draws into wins.

“We’ve had four or five big draws that have killed us,” he said.

“We know where we made errors and we can’t put that right now. All we can do is hope results go our way.

“The lads’ attitude is fantastic and they’re really sticking to their task.”

And he added: “We’ve taken 17 points from 21 and that is top of the league form. We’ll probably fall short and, deep down, we know that.

“We could finish on 79 points and still fall short and that’s because the top five teams only ever drop points when they play each other.

“They just seem to scrape wins and that’s made it very difficult to get into the play-off positions.

“There has not been one team that’s been absolute class, but the top five teams are very good.”

One draw which really hurt Foster and Daventry came in the home clash with Aylesbury in January.

Town huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow the door down, being held to a 0-0 draw at Communications Park.

They get another chance to sink the Moles this weekend, but Foster knows Saurday’s opponents have improved since the start of the year.

“It will be a really tough game,” said Foster. “Aylesbury are no pushover. We drew 0-0 with them at home and it won’t be easy, but hopefully with the form we’ve been in we can win it. They’re a good side going forward and they’ve improved since we played them last so it will be tough.”

Following Saturday’s clash with Aylesbury, Town will be in cup final action next Tuesday night, taking on Corby Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup showpiece at Sixfields.