DAVENTRY Town got their act together again with a narrow win at North Greenford on Saturday.
This result followed damaging back-to-back home defeats by Barton Rovers and Beaconsfield SYCOB.
All three goals came in the first-half with the Town scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes. The win puts them back into the top half of the Central Division table during a game which produced a couple of penalties.
Manager Mark Kinsella made four changes from the team comprehensively outplayed by Beaconsfield in midweek.
Top scorer Mark Bellingham joined Luke Edwards, John Powis and Claudiu Hoban on the substitutes’ bench.
Callum Burgess, Josh O’Grady, Jason Lee and Adam Confue were recalled to a side which went ahead inside four minutes when a back heel by Stuart Hendrie opened the path to goal for Alfie Taylor.
Taylor cooly slotted home for the first time since scoring at Woodford and the advantage was doubled seven minutes later. This time Hendrie was upended by Greenford’s Wayne Jackson and Nathan Hicks made no mistake with the spot-kick.
Joe Mellings brought off a couple of reflex saves at the other end. But the home side reduced the arrears in the 38th minute when a mazy run by Zak Joseph was ended by Lee’s clumsy challenge.
Full-back Charlie McCarthy converted the penalty as the Town began to lose their composure following the withdrawal of captain Aaron Parkinson with a slight hamstring strain.
Substitute Luke Edwards and Lee both picked up second half yellow cards as Daventry retreated into their shells during a second period which saw Greenford establish a clear-cut territorial advantage.
Mellings again did well under pressure in the closing stages although Greenford will feel they ought to have taken a point in the end-of-game skirmishes.
Kinsella said: “We took our feet of the pedals a bit after going two goals up early on but I am relieved at taking all three points after the two recent home defeats.”
n The match at Woodford Halse was postponed due to a frozen pitch along with Long Buckby’s UCL clash at Station Road.