Hopes are pinned on derby tie

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DAVENTRY Town manager Ady Fuller is keen on signing Bedworth United captain Jai Stanley who impressed him in both the recent Southern League and Red Insure Cup games between the two clubs.

An attacking midfield player Stanley operates just behind the front two and Fuller thinks “he could pep things up a little as we have looked a shade stale in recent matches.”

Player-of-the-year Ryan Howell scored 23 goals from midfield as the Town waltzed their way to the UCL championship but increased defensive duties at Zamaretto level have led to him netting only half a dozen times so far this season.

A youth team player at Bedworth Stanley made his first team debut at the tender age of 17 but has since gained further Southern League and Conference experience with Worcester, Leamington, Telford, Moor Green and Atherstone.

“He’s a good player and I just feel we need to change things round a bit at this stage,” added Fuller who also wants to strengthen his squad by signing a right-sided defender.

Meanwhile Stanley went close to scoring against Daventry last week when an early shot flew just over the crossbar before the visitors went on to win the match through a Tom Fountain goal in the second-half.

The return of the cold snap at the weekend led to the postponement of the Marlow game which means the Town now have seven Central Division matches to catch up in the New Year.

Annoyingly the Hillier Cup competition takes precedence over league fixtures so, had play been possible on Tuesday night, Fuller’s men would have been required to take on Cogenhoe in the quarter-finals rather than Aylesbury in the Southern League.

As some of the bigger clubs in Northamptonshire do not take the NFA Senior Cup seriously anyway, it would surely be possible to stage the last three rounds of the competition at a later stage in the season.

In the short term however Fuller is more concerned about making sure that the money-spinning derby against high-flying Woodford United goes ahead as planned at Communications Park on Monday, December 27.

Wearing his groundsman’s hat Fuller added: “I would like to appeal to supporters to come along to the Browns Road ground on Boxing Day (Sunday) and/or next Monday morning to help with preparation of the pitch.

“By last Friday lunchtime there was an inch of snow on the Daventry pitch which has acted as an excellent cover to keep the frost out of the Communications Park surface.

“Even so if the game is to go ahead at 3pm. in four days’ time we may need all the help we can get to prepare the pitch for a contest which will become a six-pointer for both clubs.”