Injury blow puts Town keeper out of action

DAVENTRY Town’s new boss Mark Kinsella has a goalkeeping conundrum to solve after Joe Mellings suffered a serious fluke injury in the early stages of last week’s shock 5-1 defeat by ex-UCL champions S and L Corby, writes Mike Tebbitt.

The former England Youth goalkeeper collided with one of his own players, fell awkwardly badly twisting his left knee and was stretchered off the pitch before being taken to Warwick Hospital. He will be out of action for up to six weeks.

An ever-present between the sticks in Daventry’s final two seasons of UCL football, the popular Mellings then lost his first team place last season leading to a spell at Stratford Town.

In Saturday’s 2-0 friendly win over Isthmian League Enfield Town, Daventry called upon highly competent ex-Walsall goalkeeper Dave Bevan. Both second-half goals came from substitutes Casmir Pangne and Scott Cross.

With Aaron Parkinson’s return from holiday in Torquay, Kinsella can now field a settled back four of Martin Hutchcox, Callum Burgess, Jason Lee and “Parky” himself while club captain Tom Fountain and Adam Confue will be in contention for midfield places.

There is no indication yet that the Town have found a ready-made replacement up front for Leamington-bound Tom Berwick who scored more than 80 goals in the last two seasons.

On Tuesday night the Town faced UCL outfit Cogenhoe at Compton Park before Saturday’s final friendly at newly-promoted Central Division champions Arlesey Town.