Daventry Town were involved in a great game on Tuesday as they knocked Southern League Premier Division side Banbury United out of the Red Insure League Cup by 5-3 at the Spencer Stadium.
Banbury manager Manager Paul Davis had made several changes to his team which has been struggling in the league.
He started with Josh Hill instead of regular goalkeeper Leigh Bedwell, while Adeyinka Talabi made his first start since re-signing for the club last week.
Daventry, who only named two substitutes for this game, with one of them being assistant manager Neil Champelovier, rushed into a three goal lead within 23 minutes stunning their hosts.
Ashley Deeney provided striker Mitchell Piggon with a fine pass to lob the keeper after just 10 minutes, and the former Bedworth United striker was on target again after 19 minutes to grab Daventry’s second goal.
New signing Ricky Hill had already put a header against the crossbar early on in the match to signal the Town’s intentions.
Kieran Fitzgerald was causing all kinds of problems for the Puritans with his electric pace, and he provided another excellent opportunity for Dior Angus, but the Daventry winger fired over the bar.
Fitzgerald got himself on the score sheet after 23 minutes to send the travelling Purple Army cheering loudly from the covered stands, and it was a foul on Fitzgerald which created the fourth Daventry goal, which came after the hosts had pulled a goal back.
Fitzgerald was fouled on the right leaving winger Josh O’Grady to curl a delightful free kick just inside the far post to give Town a 4-1 lead 10 minutes into the second half.
Another two goals from Banbury’s new signing White saw hom completing a debut hat trick and pulled the score back to a remarkable 4-3, with Daventry now under a little bit of pressure.
But Angus sealed the victory by running goes down the left, turning inside the box and curling the ball into the right side of the net to give Town victory and progress to the next round of the competition.
This Saturday Daventry are in FA Trophy action when they travel to Sutton Coldfield to take on Romulus.
Darran Foster’s men wiull be hoping the match will be the start of a lucrative run in the competition.
Daventry were without a game last Saturday as it was FA Cup weekend, and they are scheduled to return to Southern League Division One Central next Tuesday night when they play host to Aylesbury FC - FA Trophy replays permitting.
Daventry team v Banbury United: Heath, Deeney, O’Grady, Hutchcox, Hill, Power, Oulton, Howell, Piggon, Fitzgerald and Angus. Subs: Champelovier and Milbourne.