The Town still leave empty handed

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DAVENTRY Town scored their first goals in more than 10 hours of Central Division football, led 2-1 at half-time against Uxbridge and still left Honeycroft empty-handed after conceding four second-half goals on Saturday.

This was the Town’s heaviest Southern League defeat since losing 5-0 at Leighton Buzzard 10 months ago.

The defeat left Mark Kinsella’s men only two points above the relegation zone as North Greenford United won by a 4-2 margin at bottom-of-the-table Marlow.

Inability to defend properly at set pieces proved costly for a Daventry side which conceded two goals from corners and one directly from a free-kick.

Uxbridge joined Bedworth United and Northwood in doing the double over the Communications Park club already this season.

Realistically though things could have been even worse at the weekend as the home team hit the woodwork on four occasions.

They were also denied on several other occasions by Town goalkeeper Joe Mellings who brought off a wonder-save to deny Michael Murray a hat-trick.

It could all have been so different even though Uxbridge went ahead in the 24th minute through a well-rehearsed training ground move.

Craig Tomkins stepped over the ball to allow Murray to blast home his 28th league and cup goal of the season.

Max Howell then headed over the bar with the goal at his mercy 10 minutes later.

But the Town hit back to take the lead with goals in the 37th and 45th minutes which ended a league goal famine which has stretched back 10 hours and 29 minutes.

Clumsily pushed over by Uxbridge goalkeeper Liam Stone inside the penalty area, Berwick dusted himself and coolly converted the spot-kick.

Then George Thompson latched on to a poor clearance by Stuart Farrell to lash home a left-footed shot which put the visitors in front.

The game was then won and lost on a well-drained pitch when Uxbridge scored twice inside a minute early in the second-half.

Tomkins’ first goal came from a poor clearance before Hussein Wasame headed home from close range after another fine save from Mellings.

After that the visiting defence went totally to pieces with Murray scoring directly from a free-kick which rattled the crossbar before entering the net.

Then Tomkins completed the Town’s day of misery by heading home in the 84th minute

Not only did Daventry concede five goals but their misery was compounded by the fact that Fleet Town edged above them beating Barton Rovers. This came on a day when North Greenford’s victory at Marlow left the Town only two points clear of the relegation zone.

Up coming fixtures against St.Neots (twice) and league-leaders Slough in the space of eight days do not augur well either especially as Greenford and Marlow were due to meet again on Tuesday night.