Work commitments meant that Adam Confue was missing from the starting line up, Tommy McGowan started along with Aaron King who signed for Town last week. Izale McLeod, the former Portsmouth and MK Dons goal machine captained the Walnut Boys who were making their first league visit to Elderstubbs since a Tommy Berwick brace earned Town a 2 2 draw way back in September 2006. Both teams came into the match after winning their opening day’s fixtures 1 0.
A crowd of a little under 100 saw Aaron King almost put Town in front after just 5 minutes when his effort was pushed around the post by Carl Knox. Two more corners ensued before the ball fell to Tommy McGowan however his shot was blocked on the line.
Kempston looked dangerous on the break however it was Town who were asking all the questions early on. Aaron King had a shot which flew across the front of the goal after good build up playing down the right side.
Cameron Hyde had a long range effort on 18 minutes but the shot was direct at Iustin Cerga.
Izale McLeod was the first player in the book as he clattered into Dan Childs.
It was Hyde who went closest for the visitors as his free kick on the half way only just cleared the crossbar.
Ross Harris was cautioned on29 minutes as he brought down McLeod just outside the box. Gareth Hunt who had a similar free kick a few minutes earlier curled this one just inside the near post to put the visitors in front.
Dan Childs almost put Town level immediately with a shot that dipped over the keeper but stuck the bar and bounced down. Luke Emery followed up but was flagged offside.
A great run from Taylor Orosz into the box ended with the keeper again saving well and Emery’s follow up was somehow blocked on the line.
It was all Town as Aaron King had another shot which was again parried by the keeper and Adam Creaney appeared to be pulled down as he tried to push the loose ball home.
Just before the break Town went agonisingly close again as Taylor Orosz made space in the left side of the penalty area but his shot was brilliantly tipped on to the far post by the keeper and out for a corner on the left.
It appeared that Town would get no reward for all their endeavours however Creaney’s corner deceived the keeper and Captain ROSS HARRIS arrived late at the back stick to volley the ball into the net.
It was a great half of football from the Town and with a ounce of luck in front of goal could have been two or three goals in front.
HT: Daventry Town 1 Kempston Rovers 1
The second half had less goal mouth action but certainly did not lack drama.
Luke Emery appeared to have another goal call for a penalty however the referee waved away Town’s appeals.
Town were down to 10 men on 59 minutes when Aaron King tried to win the ball back after a loose pass. His foot came off the top of the ball and struck Gareth Hunt as he came in.
As often happens on these occasions the 10 men gelled together even more and gave their all.
Luke Emery was excellent with his hold up play in the last half hour with Taylor Orosz making excellent runs passed him to take his passes or back heels as Town looked for an unlikely winner.
Then in the 78th minute the Kempston keeper, with the ball at his feet, was closed down by Emery and as the striker tried to turn away to head for an open goal, his legs were taken away and a penalty awarded.
LUKE EMERY made no mistake from the spot and Town held on for a nervous 10 minutes although in truth Cerga’s goal never really came under threat during that time. Town now move up to 5th in the table
FT: Daventry Town 2 Kempston Rovers 1
Town now travel to Coleshill Town on August Bank Holiday Monday before facing Aylesbury United at Elderstubbs on Saturday the 31st August. 3pm kick off.
|August 20, 2019||7:45 pm||Southern Division One Central||2020||90'|