Town made three changes to the starting line up because of injuries picked up in the 1 0 Cup defeat to Worcester City. Matt Finlay was signed during the day to replace Anthony O’Connor in goal and Craig Robinson and Rico Alexander came in for Adam Creaney and Dean Lukeman. Some good news on tenacious full back came as a scan showed his knee injury was not as bad as first feared and Lukeman should be back playing again in a month. Town made two further signing this week and both started on the bench.
Midfielder Robbie Parsons came in along with Dan Bendon who returned after impressing last season.
Town went close in the 7th minute when a cross found Robinson unmarked. The strikes header looped over the stranded Chris Jones but fell on top of the bar and behind the goal.
A succession of free kicks were won by Town however the visitors defence was well organised and stood firm.
Town had the best of the possession but only created half chances which fell to Childs, Alexander and Fitzgerald.
Desborough Town came more into the game in the later part of the half and only a good save from Finlay turning Turners shot around post prevented the visitors taking the lead.
Just one minute later and Desborough took the lead. A free kick 25 yards out was well taken by Jason Turner and the ball stuck the underside of the crossbar and Liam Boath reacted first to tap the ball home from 1 yard out.
John Dean nearly makes it two as he went through but his shot curled just high and wide of the goal.
There was controversy right just before halftime as Town pushed for an equaliser. As the ball ricocheted around the 6 yard box and the ball appeared to strike the hand of the defender before Adam Confue’s shot appeared to cross the goal line however the assistant said the whole ball didn't go over the line.
HT: Daventry Town 0 Desborough 1
The second half carried on pretty much the same as the first.
Matt Finlay made two or three good saves from John Dean whilst Town huffed and puffed at the other end.
Robbie Parsons came off the bench and went agonisingly close on 68 minutes. His shot into the ground bounced just wide of the left hand upright with Jones looking on helplessly.
At the other end a Desborough cross came off the top of the bar and fell to safety.
After 5 minutes of added time, the referee called time and Town’s season opened with a home defeat against last season’s fourth placed team.
FT: Daventry Town 0 Desborough 1 Attendance 73
Town: Finlay, Childs, Alexander, Harris, Dearle, Fitzgerald (Gilligan 85), Confue, Robinson, Emery (Parsons 60) Webb (Jackson 65). Subs not used: Bendon and Esuruoso
Updated 22:38 - 13 Aug 2017 by Brian Porter