Town started the season with two difficult home matches against Holbeach United and Harborough Town. They would do so without captain Ross Harris who was still serving the final two matches of the three game ban he picked up during the final league game of the season at Wisbech. All of the players from season re-signed for Town and in addition, strikers Taylor Orosz and Luke Emery joined the Purple ranks from Newport Pagnell Town.
A mini goalkeeping crisis caused some concern prior to the first match. Richard Dearle was granted International Clearance in the early hours of Saturday morning. Ant O’Connor started before going on holiday.
Holbeach had a great chance to open the scoring when Josh Bush blazed over from 5 yards out with only O’Connor to beat.
Instead it was Town who got the first goal when Adam Confue shot from 25 yards out. Dury in the Holbeach goal could not hold on to the ball and it was LUKE EMERY who reacted quickest to chip the ball over the keeper.
3 minutes later and Emery would make it a dream start in a Purple shirt when he grabbed his second. Kieran Fitzgerald this time the creator. His cross found LUKE EMERY who turned and calmly picked his spot to increase Town’s lead.
Taylor Orosz had a great chance to make it three when Confue picked out his excellently timed run. His shot was well saved by Dury.
Ant O’Connor had to make a spectacular save to tip a Jack Smith free kick around the post. From the corner and fierce header is planted against the crossbar.
Before the break Holbeach pulled a goal back. The ball fell to Jack Smith who fired into the opposite corner of the net.
HT DAVENTRY TOWN 2 HOLBEACH UNITED 1
Town looked the more likely to increase their lead in the second half.
Adam Creaney and Kieran Fitzgerald both went close.
Jordan Orosz came off the bench to replace his brother Taylor with 10 minutes to go.
5 minutes later and it was Orosz who picked out KIERAN FITZGERALD who sealed the points for the Town.
FT DAVENTRY TOWN 3 HOLBEACH UNITED 1
|Holbeach United FC||Loss|
|August 4, 2018||3:00 pm||United Counties League||2019||90'|