Fuller vows ‘to pull out all the stops’

GOALKEEPER Andy Kemp picked up two of Daventry Town’s player-of-the-year awards before admitting that he has received approaches from two higher league clubs.

“I have enjoyed my first season with the Town and am not going anywhere until I have had talks with Ady (Fuller),” confided the Bedworth-based player who was also twice player-of-the-year with his home town club.

Kemp was nominated by the supporters and the players themselves while central defender Aaron Parkinson received the manager’s trophy.

Chairman Iain Humphrey named the club’s only home-bred player, Adam Confue.

Assistant manager Paul Lamb received a special award in front of a packed audience at Communications Park to mark his retirement after 21 years as a player.

Leading goalscorer Tom Berwick, who is reported to be a new signing for Leamington, led the tributes.

There were flowers too for popular outgoing physio Katy Briggs while the all-conquering ladies’ team and the youth side also picked up their silverware after a season in which Daventry Town only just missed out on promotion to the Southern League’s Premier Division.

Liam Cope, Dan Childs and Josh Bellamy collected the youth trophies from club manager Fuller’s brother Neil while Ben Jones outlined a record-breaking campaign for Daventry Ladies.

The East Midlands Division One trophy was presented to the whole team which scored 142 goals in league competition as well as reaching the first round of the FA Cup for the first time.

Individual awards went to Erica Mole, Zoe Webster, Jess Holley, Laura Coulson and Kerry Luckett who scored an amazing 75 goals in all competitions.

With next season in mind Ady Fuller promised “to pull out all the stops in the quest for promotion after we missed out so narrowly when losing the play-offs final at Hitchin.”

Already the Town manager has pencilled in nine pre-season friendlies aginst Worcester City (at home on July 16), Ardley United (away 19th), Brackley Town (home 23rd), Irchester United (away 26th), Enfield Town (home 30th) and Cogenhoe (away on August 2).

Further matches against Leamington and Conference clubs Kettering Town and Corby Town have yet to be arranged.

Meanwhile the final line-up for the SL Central Division in 2011-12 has not been set in stone as Guildford City have appealed against the decision to deny them promotion from the Combined Counties League because of ground deficiencies.

Also Ware want to stay in the Isthmian League while Godalming would like to go in the opposite direction by joining the Central Division.

To reach the first round proper of the FA Cup on November 12 the Town would have to win up to half a dozen matches but a similar stage of the FA Trophy on December 10 could be nailed down through only four victories.