Winters closing in as Town bow out of cup

DAVENTRY Town held Conference North side Brackley Town for more than an hour in this FA Cup game.

But four goals in a 15-minute spell in the second-half, shattered any hopes Daventry may have harboured of pulling off a major upset, losing the game by 4-0.

Striker Scott Cross had forced experienced Brackley Town keeper Billy Turley into making a brave save at his feet, when one-on-one with the keeper, after just two minutes.

And Daventry keeper Richard Morris made a fantastic point blank save from Glenn Walker early in the first-half, but the game remained goalless at half-time.

The game changed with the introduction of ‘Mr Brackley’ Tom Winters, as a substitute in the second-half.

Tom has made well over 300 appearances for Brackley Town and scored more than 100 goals since moving to Brackley Town in 2005 from Oxford United.

He is known for his ferocious shots and free kicks, but this time he used his head to pick his spot and headed Brackley into the lead in the 71st minute.

Goalkeeper Richard Morris appeared to have been elbowed full in the face after a corner and while he was sprawled across the floor, Winters looped a free header into the empty net. A further two goals in the next five minutes effectively killed off the tie.

Richard Morris made a fine finger-tip save from ex Kings Lynn winger Owen Story, tipping his shot over the bar.

But there was soon to be further heartache for the travelling Daventry supporters, when ex-Corby Town striker Stephen Diggin dribbled past three Daventry defenders to score a superb individual goal and put Brackley two up, in the 73rd minute.

Substitute Tom Winters scored his second, in the 76th minute, after his fierce shot was deflected off new Daventry right-back Liam Dolman.

Free kick specialist Tom Winters, completed his hat-trick in the 85th minute, hitting a superb free kick around the Daventry wall, after a disputed hand ball just outside the penalty area by Adam Confue.

Daventry keeper Richard Morris would not have seen the free kick until it hit the back of his net.

Daventry Town manager Darran Foster said: “Once they scored we hit a brick wall and three more goals came quickly, the score totally flattered Brackley.”

A crowd of more than 300 spectators, many supporting Daventry Town, enjoyed a good game of football and some quality goals on a sunny afternoon.

But Brackley Town went into the draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, a match worth more than £7,500 to the winners.

Daventry need to concentrate their thoughts on the league. Guildford City and Godalming Town have won all six of their league games and are now nine points ahead of eighth-placed Daventry Town, who have played one game fewer.

Daventry Town play their next game on Saturday at fifth-placed Biggleswade Town.

They ten travel to North Greenford United on October 6.

The Town’s next home game will be against Barton Rovers on Tuesday, October 9.