Impressive Daventry performance no surprise to manager Smart

Daventry Town manager Allan Smart
Daventry Town manager Allan Smart

Daventry Town manager Allan Smart felt that it was just a matter of time before his team produced a performance and result of the level they managed at Bedworth on New Year’s Day.

The Purple Army turned in their best performance of Smart’s reign to see off the promotion play-off chasers 4-2.

It was a stunning way to start the new year, and Smart - who has now seen his team win two of their past three matches to ease their relegation fears - was a happy man.

“We played really well and took the game to Bedworth,” said the Scotsman.

“It was pleasing to get a result and score the goals that reflected our performance.

“It was nice to see James Tricks score as he has worked tirelessly in his previous games.

“I think getting Anthony O’Connor to sign for the club was very important because he has a knack of drifting in from wide areas and scores goals.

“It was also good to see Ryan Howell sign off with a goal before his suspension starts.

“We played better in the second half but I thought we were unfortunate to be a goal down at half time.

“I feel this score line has been in the pipeline for a few weeks.”

He added: “Unfortunately we now lose a couple of players due to suspensions, so the match against Chalfont will not give a true reflection of our progress, but we are expecting to get some good results with this group of players.

“It was great to have six or seven players in the mix for the man of the match.

“Jamal Clarke, Robbie Cundy, Craig McKay, James Tricks, Ash Deeney and Ryan Howell were all outstanding but Anthony O’ Connor was the difference!”

Daventry, whose match at Aylesbury FC last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, are at home to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Quotes courtesy of Jim Davis