Daventry Town put the record straight after last month’s 4-1 defeat at Coleshill when winning the return Southern League fixture but had to rely upon a spectacular 20-yard piledriver from Adam Confue to end the stalemate.
Not bad for a 34-year-old veteran who threatened to retire at the end of last season and had to pass a late fitness test after breaking a toe when Coleshill scored four times inside half hour against the Town a month ago.
The winning goal came midway through the second half on Saturday but brought limited improvement to Daventry’s overall position in the Central Division table as Berkhamsted, AFC Dunstable, Welwyn Garden City and Bedford Town also ran out as winners.
Kieran Fitzgerald’s quick return from Rugby Town added vim and vigour to the Daventry attack early on in a game which rarely rose above the mediocre until Confue’s out-of-the-blue 63rd minute winner.
Jordan Orosz provided the winning goal which was just as well because for the other 89 minutes he reverted to last season’s annoying habit of running with his head down and remaining totally oblivious to his team-mates.
A goalless first half was all that either side deserved although Coleshill looked the better side after the restart until Confue broke the deadlock. The home defence then held firm with competent displays from both centre backs, captain Ross Harris and Kyle Barnett.
The inconsistent referee handed out three yellow cards in the closing stages including one for an innocuous-looking challenge by Luke Emery on volatile Coleshill full back Joe Cole who objected to a spectator’s comment.
Cole tried to engineer another war of words after the final whistle and had to be restrained by both the referee and his own colleagues. Sadly this was a scrappy game’s only “highlight” apart from “Congy’s” goal.
This coming weekend Daventry will need to do a whole better to beat Kidsgrove Athletic in the FA Trophy after the Staffordshire team’s shock 2-1 win over step three Northern Premier League opponents Matlock Town.
By then hopefully the Purple Army will have a bigger squad to choose from as last weekend’s absentees included Adam Creaney and Dean Lukeman (both injured), Joe Merrill (working), Aaron King (family illness). Taylor Orosz and Tommy McGowan (both away).
|September 21, 2019||3:00 pm||Southern Division One Central||2020||90'|