Town get back on track

THREE wins in four games culminating in Saturday’s lone-goal success against North Greenford at Communications Park have all but ended Daventry Town’s relegation fears even though Fleet Town earned at excellent 3-3 weekend draw at Rugby.

Adam Confue scored Daventry’s match-winning goal with a close-range header in the sixth minute following a pinpoint pass from man-of-the-match Greg Kazaboni.

Almost all the action came in the first-half although the Town did well defensively after the interval when both Arron Parkinson and Marcel Simpson orchestrated things at the back.

Greenford’s talented young midfield player Alex Paine twice tested Joe Mellings in the home goal during the first-half before Greenford goalkeeper Andy Caesar brought off a fine save from Nathan Hicks.

Ashley Robinson appeared to have doubled Daventry’s advantage with a header from a George Thompson free-kick in the 36th minute only for Parkinson to be admonished for pushing.

Long ball tactics from both sides and a difficult bounce on a bone-hard pitch led to a lacklustre second-half in which scoring chances were few and far between.

Pass after pass went astray in midfield with Thompson often the guilty party while up front Tom Berwick and Robinson have yet to establish any meaningful rapport. Things livened up a little though when Scott Cross was introduced as a late substitute.

With wins over Fleet, Aylesbury and now North Greenford as well as a score-draw with Chalfont in the last four matches, the Town have now moved a healthy ten points clear of the relegation zone.

As for the north London visitors they will be glad to see the back of Daventry Town who have done the double over them for a second season following an earlier 1-0 win in the FA Vase.

Everything looks set up nicely for the Easter Monday clash at Communications Park with local rivals Woodford United who ended a six-match losing run with an eyecatching 1-0 win at Northwood on Saturday.