Late goal sees points shared

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ASHLEY Robinson’s late equaliser at Communications Park on Saturday earned Daventry Town a first score-draw since the reverse fixture with Chalfont St.Peter ended 2-2 almost exactly four months earlier.

This latest vital point came on the back of victories over Fleet Town and Aylesbury to lift Daventry eight points clear of the Southern League relegation zone with only half a dozen matches remaining this season.

With Callum Burgess ill and Howard Forinton having departed to Banbury, the Town made a couple of changes by re-introducing both Adam Confue and Tom Berwick to the starting line-up.

Berwick might well have scored in the opening minute but when Jason Lee had a header cleared off the line soon afterwards it was clearly going to be one of those days.

Chalfont gradually asserted themselves and took the lead midway through the first-half.

Full-back Lee could not match the pace of Chalfont’s Terrell Lewis and the number eight crossed from the right hand side to enable David Lawrence to sidefoot home the opening goal courtesy of the base of the far post.

Despite yellow cards for both Lewis and Glenn Yala either side of half-time the visitors stayed on top until the Town launched a spirited fightback in the last half-hour.

A few weeks ago the home side might have caved in and lost 2-0 or 3-0 but not any more!

On the hour Greg Kazaboni was unlucky to head onto the crossbar after good work by both Robinson and Berwick. Kazaboni and George Thompson then had goalbound shots blocked in a frantic finish.

With time running out Robinson eventually provided the well-deserved equaliser in the 87th minute blasting home a cross from Kazaboni.

Even then Chalfont substitute Tony Lennon and Confue both spurned good chances to hit winners.

There were both plusses and minuses to take from the Daventry performance with captain Arron Parkinson and man-of-the-match Marcel Simpson again looking rock solid at the heart of the defence.

The attack though lacked potency although the poor passing of midfield trio Nathan Hicks, Confue and Thompson did nothing to help their cause.

This was on a day when Fleet’s relegation fears increased with a 2-1 defeat at Aylesbury.

North Greenford United – the London side have lost all four previous encounters with the Town – are the visitors to Communications Park this Saturday before the Easter games at Barton-le-Clay and at home to rivals Woodford United.