Midfielder to miss three games

DAVENTRY Town midfield player Nathan Hicks will miss the next three matches at least after flying to Thailand later today to undergo a 10-day trial with a professional club, writes Mike Tebbitt.

But midfield men are not the Town’s main concern at the moment.

Manager Mark Kinsella is taking positive steps to halt a goal famine which has seen his team fail to score in more than five hours of Central Division football.

A seven-day approach was due to be filed this week for Coventry Sphinx striker Luke Williams who has netted 15 times already this season for the step five Midland Alliance League leaders.

On Saturday Williams got the winner at Tividale.

Kinsella has also approached Hinckley United and Tamworth (beaten 2-0 at Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday) with a view to picking up possible loan signings.

Defeat by the only goal at Leighton Buzzard at the weekend left the Daventry club with only one win in eight recent league matches and a goal drought stretching back to the first half of the Boxing Day derby defeat at Woodford.

Since then the Town have failed to find the net against Marlow, Bedworth United and improving Leighton Town who have themselves taken 10 points from four matches since Christmas.

In the same period Daventry have managed only a goal-less draw at bottom-of-the-table Marlow.

This has left Kinsella with little option than to look for new blood in an attempt to stay away from the relegation zone.

Only seven points now separate his team from 21st-placed Fleet Town although it remains to be seen whether or not any teams will be demoted from the Southern League this season.

The temporary or otherwise departure of Hicks robs the Town of a player who has scored five times in the last three months, including two goals from the penalty spot.

With Claudiu Hoban back from injury and Josh O’Grady also occupying a place on the substitutes’ bench Communications Park is not short of players in midfield.

Of more concern is the lack of finishing power currently on display from Mark Bellingham, Stuart Hendrie and Alfie Taylor.

But experienced ex-Birmingham City player Howard Forinton was expected to be back in action this week after a serious ankle injury.