Adam Creaney was missing after picking up a knock in Tuesday’s Buckingham Charity Cup win at Grendon Rangers. Competitive midfielder Phil Cassidy was also absent serving a 1 match ban for picking up 5 yellow cards this season.
Heavy overnight and early morning rain had cleared to leave a chilly afternoon. The precautionary pitch inspection was passed mid-morning and the pitch looked in excellent condition.
Ant O’Connor had to be alert in just the 3rd minute as a Poachers striker closed down on goal. O’Connor was quick to close him down and blocked his shot.
Adam Moussi picked up a knock in his side helping Dan Childs clear a break. He was able to continue without the need of the physio.
Playing up the slope, Town were playing some nice football without causing the home keeper any real danger.
Richard Ford picked up a yellow card in 12th minute after bringing down Confue. Despite the crowds appeals that Confue dived. The referee correctly issued a yellow card.
An excellent dummy by the ever creative Bettles released Dumbleton down the left but his cross was closed down and the danger cleared.
Confue got behind the host’s defence and pulled the ball back for McGowan but his shot was charged down possibly with the use of an arm but the referee waved away Town’s appeals.
Adam Moussi was still struggling and finally went down and required treatment. He was able to continue after a slight break in play.
Moussi and Childs were looking dangerous down the left flank. They played a 1 2 on the half hour but Child’s goal bound shot was blocked by a defender.
Tommy McGowan was booked for a challenge in the centre of the pitch.
Shortly after came the controversy. Jordan Orosz, who is looking better with each game he plays since recovering from his broken ankle, won the ball back in the middle of the park as Boston broke out from defence. He turned and run at the defence and was blocked by Richard Ford. It was certainly a free kick, it might have deserved a talking to from the official, however the referee decided to issue a second yellow card and the hosts were down to 10 men.
To add insult to injury, ADAM MOUSSI stuck a delightful free kick awarded, following the incident, which curled in to top left corner of the goal.
8 minutes later and Town extended their lead. JAKE BETTLES broke on the right side of the box. His shot went in off the base of the post.
Certainly, the locals were far from happy about the sending off. Speaking to the player at half-time he admitted the first yellow was correct but was shocked at the second. Even with “purple tinted” glasses on, I could not disagree with him.
HT: Boston Town 0 Daventry Town 2
Boston tried to reorganise during the break but clearly this failed to work as JAKE DUMBLETON used his tremendous pace to run at the defence and score twice in the first 3 minutes of the half to put Town 4 0 up.
Aaron Eyatt pulled a goal back for hosts on 50 minutes when he fired home from 25 yards out however just 3 minutes later, JAKE BETTLES was left with a tap in to restore Town’s four goal advantage.
Town were still keen for more goals and the tenacious Tommy McGowan had a header which was cleared off the line.
Sam Jackson and Jack Beasley came off the bench to add more youthful pace to the Town attack.
Jack Beasley won the ball back in the right hand corner of the pitch and his cross found Jake Dumbleton whose turn and shot just cleared the bar to deny the Mansfield Town scholar a well deserved hat trick.
FT: Boston Town 1 Daventry Town 5
In the Knock Out Cup, Town with now travel to Yaxley for the quarter final tie on the 18th November.
Town face Boston Town again next Saturday at home in a UCL Premier Division Fixture. Town know the Poachers will have been hurt by the result and will need to be at their best again to secure 3 more crucial points.
Updated 12:06 - 19 Nov 2017 by Brian Porter