DAVENTRY Town slipped into the bottom six of the Central Division table after a controversial defeat by third-placed Slough Town at Beaconsfield on Saturday.
Two questionable goals enabled Slough to steal all three points with Paul Coyne scoring the 88th minute winner following a goal-less first-half in which Daventry should have established a clear-cut advantage.
With five new signings in the squad Mark Kinsella’s men gave a much-improved performance with new left-back Craig Milligan heading on to a post midway through the first period before Mark Bellingham had a shot cleared off the line.
The visitors finally got their just rewards in the 52nd minute when Bellingham scored with a deflected shot after Nathan Hicks had broken free on the left from a Slough corner. The Rebels equalised six minutes later through a penalty.
Aaron Parkinson was harshly judged to have “held” an attacking player from a free-kick which allowed Slough’s top-scorer Danny Burnell to net his seventh league goal of the season from the penalty spot.
A blocked shot by Bellingham and an inches wide header from Parkinson prevented Daventry from regaining the lead only for the inevitable to happen in the closing stages.
Coyne then raced away and scored the winner with an acute-angled shot.
Milligan also played well on his Town debut while Hinckley United’s loan signing Tom Burn showed plenty of pace on the right wing on a day when Josh O’Grady also returned to the Communications Park club from Redditch.
Ex-Rugby Town striker Leon Simpson also made a cameo appearance while Claudiu Hoban also returned to the bench after injury.
Callum Burgess was an absentee through illness but utility defender Aaron Stringfellow is expected to join Redditch.
Kinsella said: “That was a much better display. I was pleased with the handful of new signings but am at a loss to explain how we failed to come away without even a point after dominating for long periods.”
Next week’s midweek football is provided by Corby Town in a repeat of the 2010 NFA Senior Cup final and the Uxbridge league game, called off this Saturday because of the FA Cup tie against Leamington, has been re-arranged for Tuesday, October 18.