Daventry Town produced a much improved display at Carlton Town but still went down 5-2 in Monday’s Division One South contest.
Having lost top scorer Nabil Shariff with a recurring chest infection and winger Kieran Fitzgerald with a pulled hamstring in the Boxing day defeat to Rugby Town, Daventry struggled to put together a strong competitive starting line-up. Edilson Panzo-Antonio replaced Shariff up front and Adam Creaney replaced Fitzgerald.
Daventry conceded a goal within seconds of the kick-off. A quick break and a minor defensive slip allowed Josh Rae to stroke the ball home. The game flowed from end-to-end with Daventry looking dangerous whenever they attacked but always vulnerable at the back.
But the Millers doubled their lead in the 19th minute when a Danny Gordon free-kick was deflected off Barry Deacon into the top corner, sending keeper Ben Heath the wrong way. Ricky Hill reduced the arrears in the 28th minute, sending a bullet of a header beyond the reach of keeper Jack Steggles.
Daventry had a couple of good appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee the first after a shot from Barry Deacon appeared to have hit the hand of a Millers defender and Joe Curtis struggled to stay on his feet after being pulled to the ground. Efforts from Robert Prenzel and Jason Lee were cleared off the line as Daventry pushed forward to try and get back on level terms.
The busy Steggles was beaten by Panzo-Antonio with four minutes remaining. Daventry threw caution aside but left themselves short at the back and Romaine Graham took advantage to score two late goals.