Several changes to the Town defensive line up with Peter Dearle and Jordon Richards returning to the heart of the defence along with full back Dan Childs. Iustin Cerga replaced the injured Ant O’Connor in goal. Eynesbury Rovers were defending a 100% record having won all 5 of their opening games.
A very heavy downpour, about an hour before the match was probably responsible for the lower than usual crowd. Those who weren’t there, missed an absolute treat.
An evenly matched start with Town forcing 3 corners in first 7 minutes. The only real chance of note came when Robbie Parsons rose to meet a cross but just failed to make contact. The referee waved away Town’s half-hearted appeals for a penalty for a push.
The drama started on 8 minutes when Town were reduced to 10 men. Robbie Parsons, who is known more for his silky ball skills than his tackling, was adjudged to have gone over the top in a tackle. After a lot of player involvement, Parsons was shown a straight red card.
Holding on for 80 minutes against one of the form teams in the league felt as if it would be too much to ask however the match remained even for the next half hour. Town’s defence lapsed only once when Dom Lawless got through on goal, but Cerga did enough and the striker put his shot wide of the goal.
Town grew in confidence as the game went on and went in front in the 37th minute.
Dan George, the Eynesbury keeper came out of his box to deal with a long ball. He tried to play a disguised pass but only found KIERAN FITZGERALD who took one touch before firing home from 40 yards out with the keeper stranded.
Dan Childs was booked just before half time for delaying a free kick.
HT: Daventry Town 1 Eynesbury Rovers 0
As teams left the field at halftime, Arron Parkinson spoke to the referee about the Dan Childs booking and a situation arose in the players tunnel. Eynesbury’s Richard King and Town’s Joint Manager were not allowed to attend to technical area in the second half.
Town started the half brightly and were on the attack when Tom McGowan was fouled 25 yards out. ADAM CREANEY stepped and curled a marvellous free kick in to the top corner of the net. The Ginger Pele clearing know the ball was destined for the goal as his scream of delight rung out well before the net bulged.
Town’s euphoria did not least long as Jordan Brown finished from close range to pull a goal back for the visitors on 52 minutes.
Just two minutes later and Eynesbury were level when Declan Rogers rifled the ball back into the goal from 15 yards out.
Town’s supporters feared the worse, but again Town weathered the storm matching their numerically advantaged opponents.
In truth, the Moldovan goalkeeper had very little to do all afternoon with the back four dealing with anything the visitors could throw at them.
Both Tom McGowan and Phil Cassidy were also cautioned during the second half. The visitors clearly wanting more red cards to be shown and surrounding the officials on both occasions trying to increase the punishment.
Town restored their lead on 75 minutes with another excellent Creaney run through the middle. His chip into the box found KIERAN FITZGERALD who controlled the ball with one foot, turning before smashing the ball home with the other.
Town took off both the goal scorers with 10 minutes left and brought on Jake Dumbleton and Sam Jackson in their place.
With the match moving into injury time, the Eynesbury captain was given a straight red card after a challenge that left Jordon Richards requiring treatment for a head injury.
Town saw out the remaining 4 minutes of injury time before the home supporters celebrated wildly. many supporters saying this is the best Town team in recent memory.
FT: Daventry Town 3 Eynesbury Rovers 2
Next home UCL Match Kirby Muxloe 16th September
Next away UCL Cup Northampton ON Chenecks 19th September
Next away FA Vase Westfields 23rd September (Coach travel available – Contact Brian Porter 07903 859107)
Updated 22:22 - 11 Sep 2017 by Brian Porter