Moving into fifth place in the league

SEVEN goals in their last two league games has pushed Daventry Town up into fifth place in the Southern League and another four goals in the FA Cup last Saturday has sparked fresh hope Daventry Town may yet compete for honours this season, writes Jim Davis.

Their latest victory came at home on Bank Holiday Monday in front of a good crowd of almost 200 spectators, against near-neighbours and promotion-favourites Rugby Town, winning the game by an emphatic four goals to one.

Scott Cross grabbed the first strike on goal. Rugby Town troubled Richard Morris on few occasions with Seb Lake – Gaskin having their first opportunity, shooting high over the crossbar.

The King brothers, Aaron and Neil, combined well with a neat passing move, only for Neil King to hit his shot just wide of the left hand post.

Nat Liburd also found himself in a great position to fire in a shot on goal. But a late tackle by Rugby centre-back Alex Gudger prevented what looked like a opportunity for Daventry to finally test the goalkeeper, with a shot on target.

After 30 minutes a wonderful piece of play between the brothers King resulted in younger sibling Aaron scoring with a delightful chip over the head of former Daventry keeper David Bevan to put Town into a deserved lead.

Neil King hit another powerful strike just over the crossbar and Rugby scored an equaliser just before half-time.

Former Long Buckby winger Fazel Koriya began to show glimpses of the pace and skills that had prompted Daventry to make an approach for his services before the season started. He was giving Daventry full-back Gary Moran a torrid time.

Koriya provided the cross for Seb Lake – Gaskin to head in the equaliser. Koriya crossed to Gaskin to easily head past goalkeeper Richard Morris.

Rugby were on top in the early stages of the second-half until Daventry went ahead after good work out on the left by Marcel Simpson. Playing in an unfamiliar left-back position, he hit the ball hard into the area forcing Rugby centre back Alex Gudger to stick out a leg and slice it wildly past a surprised David Bevan for an own goal.

Daventry manager Darran Foster replaced Scott Cross with the speed of Mykel Beckley, which provided Daventry with their third goal.

A long punt up field saw Beckley outstrip the Rugby defender and confidently hit the ball hard under the body of a frustrated David Bevan.

The final goal came within minutes of the final whistle, Ross Miller brought down substitute Tyron Amory right on the edge of the area and Neil King strolled up to take the free kick.

Neil hit the ball sweetly and it went hard and low through a number of players straight in to the bottom right hand corner of the Rugby goal.

The Town’s win pushes them into fifth place in the league table. But after only three games, no one at Communications Park will be getting too excited, just pleased that they have made a satisfactory start to the season.

Daventry Town manager Darran Foster said: “After a lacklustre performance at Godmanchester Rovers in the FA Cup, we knew we had to raise our game against Rugby and we certainly did just that.

“The first-half performance was the best I have seen the lads play this season. It is always nice to win the local games and to do it in the fashion we did was even more pleasing.”

On Saturday Daventry Town travel to Royston Town who have won both of their three league games since joining from the Spartan South Midlands League this season.

Then the Town play Northwood at home on Tuesday, September 4.

“I know nothing about Royston apart from them starting the season well, with three straight league victories and a FA Cup victory, they will be a serious threat this season.

“I have a tendency not to worry about who we are we playing in the next game, as I feel if the lads play to their full potential and continue to show a high level of commitment, they will always be dangerous and can beat anyone on the day. We need to settle into the games more quickly and take the game to teams.

“It will be good to see supporters make the trip to Royston. We had a good following at Leighton Town and the support against Rugby Town was superb, with an attendance of almost 200.

“Daventry Town are a good side playing attractive football, they have had a good start in the league and the promise of an exciting FA Cup run should bring the supporters up to Communications Park.

“An average attendance of 200 should give the games a tremendous atmosphere and spur the team on to greater success.”