DAVENTRY Town struggled to test the opposition goalkeeper in the sixth of their pre-season friendlies against Swindon Super Marine on Saturday despite having much of the possession in the first-half.
Fortunately the Marine strikers failed to capitalise on several clear opportunities, from which they should have opened the scoring.
It was left to Town to take advantage of poor Marine defending when former Liverpool Academy trainee Aaron King was felled in the penalty area.
This provided former Woodford striker Nat Liburd the chance to put Daventry ahead and he made no mistake. He sent the Marine goalkeeper the wrong way with a thumping shot into the right hand side of the net.
Scott Cross, one of the few players to remain from the squad last season, scored a superb individual goal having come on as a second-half substitute.
Cross has scored three goals in this season’s friendly games and is keen to impress new manager Darran Foster to nail down a place in the starting line-up.
Swindon Super Marine play in the South and West League at the same level as Daventry and are one of the favourites to do well this season. So for an under strength Daventry team to defeat them was no mean feat.
Daventry Town have lost just two of the six pre-season games so far this season scoring a total of 13 goals and conceding 10.
Four of those games were away from Communications Park, where the playing surface is looking in excellent condition after the major work which has taken place in the summer.
The improved playing surface should help the team play attractive football and fewer games having to be postponed like in the harsh weather of late winter which was a contributing factor two seasons ago when Town were forced to play three of four games in a week due to postponements.