Leaders in their sights

Making his presence felt: Adam Confue gets his name on the scoreheet
Making his presence felt: Adam Confue gets his name on the scoreheet

EARLY and late goals from midfield players Josh Blake and Adam Confue enabled Daventry Town to overcome the highly physical challenge of Leighton Town at Communications Park on Tuesday night.

The winning streak was duly extended to 15 league matches but Ady Fuller’s men made no impression on second-placed Arlesey who won by the only goal at Soham. Biggleswade also beat Marlow to move into fourth spot ahead of Rugby Town.

Daventry got off to a dream start when Leighton goalkeeper Kevin Marsh dropped a cross from full-back Simeon Williams to present Blake with a simple close-range goal in the first minute.

Despite enjoying a huge territorial advantage, the Town then had to wait until the 80th minute before Confue made the game safe with goal number two after Howard Forinton had knocked back a Josh O’Grady free-kick from the edge of the penalty area.

With Tom Fountain out of action because of a one-match suspension Forinton was made captain for the night and responded by leading his troops to a workmanlike if somewhat run-of-the-mill victory.

Despite camping inside the Leighton half for long periods the Town failed to add to their tally by half-time as both teams resorted to long ball tactics.

Leighton became increasingly robust in the second-half, contested almost every decision made by the referee to finish the game with two yellow cards and hardly a shot on target.

The Town too became ultra-defensive at times and there were sighs of relief among the paltry crowd of 72 spectators as Confue doubled the advantage late on after Tom Berwick appeared to have been pulled down inside the penalty area.

A free kick was awarded instead from which O’Grady’s chip was pulled back by Forinton to gift wrap the scoring chance for Confue. Jason Lee was yellow-carded late on while both Russell Dunkley and Tom Bates were used as late substitutes.

Another win, another three points and three more home games to come in the next five days with tonight’s (Thursday) visit of bottom-of-the-table Beaconsfield followed by Rugby Town on Saturday and Slough Town next Tuesday.

Meanwhile Tuesday’s match at Woodford attracted an even smaller crowd than Daventry’s (63) but also resulted in a home win with the Reds coming from behind to beat Ashford Town by a 2-1 margin.

Dave Lawrence opened the scoring for the visitors just before half-time only for twin strikers Ricky Johnson and Nathan Liburd to ensure all three points for Woodford with late goals in the 79th and 81st minutes.

In the UCL Premier Division mid-table Daventry United suffered a 2-0 defeat against Rothwell Corinthians.

George Parker gave Corinths the lead andTony Ielapi adding a second from the penalty spot.