Daventry Town hold a slender lead at the top of the United Counties League following a thrilling 3-2 victory at Rushden & Higham United.
All five goals came in the second half of Saturday’s division one clash with Town coming back from 2-0 down to take all three points.
New signing from Wellingborough Town Dan Bendon started in midfield, Dean Lukeman returned at the back with Damon Herbert moving into midfield.
Town started in a purposeful manner and had the bulk of the possession but the final ball was lacking.
Town went close on the half hour mark. Aaron King’s free-kick was blocked by the wall, the ball fell to Phil Cassidy who saw his shot tipped over the bar.
Moments later another King free-kick was parried by the keeper who recovered to deny Adam Creaney.
Town started to settle in the second half and a good spell of possession ended with Alfie Taylor’s shot being deflected just over the bar.
But Rushden broke the deadlock in the 59th minute when cross was met by Steve Ainge and his looping header went over Ant O’Connor.
Substitutes Scott Sandy and Sam Heavey came on but Town fell further behind in the 71st minute when Jory Mann rounded O’Connor to score.
Town threw on Karl Bates and reduced the arrears with 15 minutes to go. Dean Lukeman escaped his marker and crossed for Sandy to glance the ball into the far corner of the net.
Two minutes later Town were level with Lukeman again the provider. His cross found Aaron King, his shot was blocked but Adam Creaney picked the ball up on the edge of the box and found the bottom corner of the net via the inside of the upright.
With just five minutes to go Town completed the comeback. Sam Fowler attempted to clear Lukeman’s cross but the ball came off the top of his head and looped over the keeper and nestled in the net.
That was cruel on the hosts but it sparked wild celebrations both on and off the pitch from the visitors. Town saw out the remaining few minutes to claim all three vital points.