Three second half goals and three more points saw Daventry Town take a huge step towards the United Counties League title.
The division one leaders beat Wellingborough Whitworth 3-0 in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash in front of the biggest crowd of the season at Communications Park.
It was not the classic that the fans would have hoped for from two good football sides but the conditions were difficult.
Town welcomed back influential midfielder Adam Confue but, with player-manager Arron Parkinson out injured, recent signing Dan Bendon partnered Ross Harris in defence.
The visitors knew a victory would take them joint top with Bugbrooke St Michaels and they started the better of the two teams.
Remi Brittain fired over the bar but Town’s defence was superb and keeper Ant O’Connor was hardly troubled. At the other end Aaran King’s free-kick was straight at keeper Lee Baxter.
After the restart, Town came out strongly and broke the deadlock in the 57th minute. Adam Creaney beat his marker and his cross was met by Dean Lukeman who got in front of Baxter and a defender to score.
Five minutes later Alfie Taylor extended Town’s lead, capitalising on some hesitancy between Baxter and James Gorman to nip in between the pair before going on and finding the unguarded net.
A late spell of pressure in the area almost led to a third goal but Lukeman’s hooked shot came back off the post.
However, Town got a third goal in the 75th minute and it was created again by Adam Creaney who again got the better of his man and crossed for Scott Sandy to score.
Whitworth did try and get back into the match until the final whistle but Town’s defence stood firm.