Struggling Daventry Town still looking over their shoulders

Daventry Town manager Allan Smart
Daventry Town manager Allan Smart

Mathematically there is still a chance that Daventry Town could be relegated this season.

So the upcoming matches at Leighton Buzzard this Saturday and at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB a week later are of vital significance.

Both opponents offer a cushion between Town and the two clubs, AFC Hayes and North Greenford, firmly established in the Southern League relegation slots.

All that could change though if the Town were to draw a blank in the last six games of the season. On current form Allan Smart’s men are unlikely to get any joy out of Bedworth United, Uxbridge, Rugby Town and Godalming Town which would lead to a nail-biting finale to the Division One Central campaign.

The sad facts are that since chairman Iain Humphrey had to call time on Shebang’s sponsorship of the Communications Park club, Daventry have taken only 17 points from 24 league fixtures.

Had that average of 0.71 points per match been spread over the whole season then the Town would have been deep in the relegation mire alongside Greenford and Hayes.

Both the bottom two clubs have shown signs of a spring recovery with Greenford recently beating Daventry 4-2.

Whatever the final outcome Daventry now look odds-on to occupy their lowest position in five seasons of Southern League football with the 14th slot occupied under Mark Kinsella in 2012 now seemingly unobtainable.

Town now have problems in defence as well as attack after conceding seven goals at home to Barton and four apiece to both Greenford and Egham in their past two outings.

Arron Parkinson’s latest injury has left Town without a back four general to organise the defence.

With the transfer deadline coming into force at the end of the month, club secretary Jim Davis has taken the precaution of registering both manager Smart and his assistant Ady Fuller as a players.

Hopefully their services will not be required.

Let us end on a positive note.

Daventry are to hold a second academy presentation evening next Wednesday after the initial response led to at least 15 youngsters showing interest in joining the apprenticeship scheme.