Hayes next up as Daventry aim to build on Slough success

AVAILABLE AGAIN - Daventry striker Scott Cross has completed his three-match suspension
AVAILABLE AGAIN - Daventry striker Scott Cross has completed his three-match suspension

Daventry Town maintained their slim hopes of a claiming a place in the Evo-Stik Leaguie Division One Central play-offs with a 3-1 Communications Park win over fellow contenders Slough Town on Tuesday night.

Darran Foster’s men went into the game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Godalming last Friday.

The Daventry boss insists his team won’t give up on their play-off dream until it is mathematically impossible for them to finish in the top five.

And Tuesday’s win over Slough means that is not yet the case.

It looked like it was going to be another frustrating night for the Purple Army when Slough took an 11th-minute lead.

Daventry were still trailing in the 65th minute, but that was when Ashley Robinson notched the equaliser.

Just 12 minutes later, the game had been turned completely on its head, with Kyle Cartwright making it 2-1 on 75 minutes, and Robinson then making the score 3-1 with his second of the night two minutes later.

Daventry held on for the win which means they are 12 points off the play-off places with 10 games remaining.

Robinson was also on the mark on Friday night, with his goal firing Daventry into the lead against Godalming.

The visitors hit back to level by the break, and then scored early in the second half to go 2-1 ahead.

Daventry applied plenty of pressure to try and get back in the game, but couldn’t find that crucial goal.

Town are back on the road on Saturday when they travel to mid-table AFC Hayes (ko 3pm).

Foster’s men will be looking to exact some revenge on Hayes, who were 2-0 winners when the sides met at Communications Park back in November.

Striker Scott Cross is available for selection after serving his three-match suspension.