2 late goals for Cambridge sealed a win in a hard fought victory over Daventry on an afternoon where the purple army could have come away with a point if they had taken some of their chances.
The first 20 minutes of the game were mostly uneventful until a 7 minute delay when referee Thomas Hancock was forced off with a calf injury and a spectator had to run the line.
This delay seemed to benefit the purple army who upped their performance and took control of the first half. Daventry had two good chances – both from the long throw of Lewis Burgess – first Tom Lorraine headed just wide before a minute later Jack Bowen had a header excellently tipped around the post. The corner following saw Lewis Burgess head over.
Cambridge opened the scoring on 36 minutes with a quick break which saw Mikey Davis finish off the move slotting in from close range. The hosts then ended the half strongly penning Daventry into their own half.
The second half continued on a similar fashion – Cambridge having more of the play. However this did not prevent Daventry having a spell where another two good chances were created. Substitute Nat Gosnal-Tyler had a shot saved at very close distance and defender Jeff Woodward had a header saved at close range – initially it did look as if the ball had crossed the line, but was later confirmed as not going in.
As a spectacle, the game was ended on 81 minutes when Jarid Robson produced a lovely chip to seal the game for Cambridge. This was followed up 3 minutes later when Ryan Swift was left alone at the back post to head in.
A late consolation goal was headed in by debutant Dylan Wilson just seconds before the final whistle.
Line Ups:
Cambridge City: 1 Dan George, 2 Matty Miles, 3 Alfie Wren (Tom Wood 87′), 4 Scott Bridges , 5 Jordan Gent, 6 Taylor Parr, 7 Ryan Swift, 8 Ben Bradley, 9 Ryan Ingrey (Isaac Maynard 45′), 10 Jarid Robson (David Haynes 89′), 11 Mikey Davis
Subs: 12 Yaw Ofosu, 13 Lloyd Barker, 14 David Haynes, 15 Isaac Maynard, 16 Tom Wood
Daventry Town: 1 James Martin, 2 Joe Coleman (Bleu McNeil 79′), 3 Lewis Burgess, 4 Jamie Andrews, 5 Jeff Woodward, 6 Dan Childs (Dylan Wilson 78′), 7 George Ball, 8 Joel Nketia , 9 Jack Bowen, 10 Tom Lorraine, 11 Taylor Orosz (Nat Gosnal-Tyler 45′)
Subs: 12 Nat Gosnal-Tyler, 14 Dylan Wilson, 15 Bleu McNeil, 16 Ross Harris
Saturday 29th January 2022, 3pm
Northern Premier League – Midlands Division
The Glassworld Stadium (Histon FC)
Attendance: 224
Referee: Thomas Hancock