Daventry Town returned to form in the nick of time before tonight’s play-offs semi-final with Biggleswade when beating Bedfont Town by 5-1 at Communications Park to set up their biggest home win for almost eight months.
There were plenty of plus points to take from a game in which Tom Berwick regained his scoring touch while two-goal Adam Confue and Ryan Howell also caught the eye in midfield.
Don’t forget the unsung heroes either as teenager Justin Dowling showed maturity beyond his years on a day when experienced defender Neil Stacey hardly put a foot wrong on returning from a loan spell with Daventry United.
Memories of the 5-0 midweek nightmare at Leighton Buzzard were quickly swept aside as the Town recorded their biggest home win since the early season five-goal trouncing of Barton Rovers.
With club captain Tom Fountain now nursing a broken thumb a la Martin Hutchcox, manager Ady Fuller brought in teenager Dowling and Stacey on deciding to keep back Russell Dunkley, Aaron Parkinson and Josh Blake for the play-offs.
The precautionary policy paid dividends as assistant manager Paul Lamb scored a rare goal during a 23rd-minute goalmouth scramble before Berwick doubled the advantage in the 44th minute with an equally rare headed goal from a Confue cross.
Berwick then turned provider early in the second-half to set-up close-range goals for Howell and Confue although it was an accurate diagonal pass from Dowling which triggered off the fourth scoring movement.
Fuller then wisely pulled off Simeon Williams, Berwick and Lamb who made way for youth team players Adam Creaney and Josh Bellamy as well as for the manager himself.
The goals did not dry up though as Confue tapped in number five in stoppage time following a Bedfont consolation effort from Lewis Dennis on a day when arch rivals Biggleswade lost by 3-2 to Slough Town at Beaconsfield.
In gaining a confidence-boosting win before the play-offs, the Town ended a four-hour goal famine and won for the first time in six matches in front of 156 spectators to create the right atmosphere before tonight’s showdown with Biggleswade.