It was third placed Eynesbury Rovers against second placed Town with the winners certain to go top of the UCL Premier Division with Pinchbeck United still involved in the FA Vase.
Dean Lukeman returned to the starting line up so Adam Creaney moved forward to replace the absent Jordan Orosz. Adam Confue missed the match after picking up a one match ban for his second yellow against Grantham Town.
Starting on the visitor’s bench was the former Town striker James Tricks.
Prior to the match the home side opened the Deryck Irons Stand behind the goal that Town would attack in the first half.
The hosts kept the ball well for the first 10 minutes however failed to cause Town defence any real issues.
Two Rovers attacks down the right hand side were ended with fouls, the second of which ended with yellow card somewhat harshly shown to Taylor Orosz with only 12 minutes gone.
Three minutes later and Taylor was upended on the edge of the area and again just a few minutes later. Both of Adam Creaney’s free kicks failed to seriously trouble Aaron Butcher in the Eynesbury goal.
Town started to impose themselves more and more on the game. Man of the Match Ross Harris started one move when he intercepted a pass and put Kieran Fitzgerald through down the right. His dangerous cross was cleared for a corner which Creaney took and found Harris on the edge of the box however Butcher again took the captains effort just under the bar.
Luke Emery’s pass split the Rovers defence to find Orosz on 34 minutes. The big keeper managed to block Orosz’s shot as he elected for power and the danger was cleared by a defender.
Two minutes later and an identical move led to Town’s opening goal. This time as TAYLOR OROSZ approached the keeper he cleverly lifted the ball over him and the ball bounced once as it entered the net.
5 minutes later and striker Luke Emery was brought down in the centre circle as he looked to go through on goal after turning his man. Jack Uttridge went into the book and was somewhat fortunate that another defender was deemed to have been able to get back otherwise he could have seen red.
Luke Emery also went into the book on 42 when he clipped the heels of Steven Shaw as he endeavoured to win the ball back.
HT: Eynesbury Rovers 0 Daventry Town 1
Rovers made two changes at halftime; the big imposing frame of Jemale Mckenzie-Lowe caused problems early on.
The turning point of the match was in the 55th minute when, after a spell of pressure Mckenzie-Lowe’s shot from 12 yards out seemed certain to find the top corner however Jack Harding made an excellent stop to turn the ball away from the top corner of the goal.
Dan Draper came close to forcing an equaliser but he side-footed a Steven Shaw cross wide of goal at the back post.
Town had several chances to increase their lead with McGowan and Creaney both having efforts that went narrowly wide.
Town also had two good shouts for a penalty but the referee waved away Town’s appeals.
Whilst the hosts would say they had the bulk of possession, Town created the better chances and Butcher was certainly the busier of the two keepers.
Town saw the time out by keeping the ball well themselves at the end and returned to the top of the table with an impressive win, played 5 won 5, league record as far.
FT: Eynesbury Rovers 0 Daventry Town 1
Town travel to Leicester Nirvana next Saturday to face the side that defeated title favourites Rugby Town 2 0 in their only win of the season to date.
This Tuesday Town travel to Desborough Town for an NFA Hillier Cup tie before facing the same club at home 1 week later in a UCL League Cup tie.
|Eynesbury Rovers FC||Loss|
|September 15, 2018||3:00 pm||United Counties League||2019||90'|