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Daventry Town 1 Sileby Rangers 0

1 week ago By Brian Porter

Keepers on top as Town return to winning ways.

Jack Ashton came in at centre half. Ben Browne, Tom McGowan and Kieran Fitzgerald returned to the starting XI. Two new faces on the bench, Harry Beckley came in from St Neots and Chief Boateng signed on a dual registration from AFC Rushden & Diamonds. One departure this week, Jake Bettles elected to return to his former club Desborough Town.

Sileby Rangers would be different opposition from the side thumped 8 3 on a warm September evening thank to a Kieran Fitzgerald hat-trick. They were captained by Wes Emery who made 2 appearances for Town at the start of the season.

It was a bitterly cold afternoon with steady drizzle falling throughout the match.

Town were out the blocks quickly and a series of passes down the right ended with a Creaney shot that Roggero got down to well.

Kieran Fitzgerald, making his first start since returning from a back injury, tested the keeper with a snap shot that he saved with his legs.

Adam Moussi picked up the first booking of the afternoon when his foul stopped a Sileby break.

An excellent Moussi pass put Creaney through on 12 minutes. He tried to lift the ball over the advancing keeper but he blocks it and then saves at Fitzgerald’s feet.

Ant O’Connor made a stunning save; a cross from the left is met at the far post but the keeper dived to his left to save the close range volley.

Roggero was not to be outdone and he produced a double save at the other end. The first from a Dan Childs header and then followed up with an excellent stop from Tommy McGowan shot.

Adam Moussi has a pop from 35 out but the keeper holds well with Orosz ready to pounce in any spillage.

In the 35th minute, a Creaney free kick next to the corner flag was met by the head of Orosz but it flashes just wide of the goal.

Sileby were creating chances themselves. Jack Beasley made a great block, and the resultant corner was headed just wide by Kelly.

Moussi has a shot parried by the keeper, Fitzgerald follows up and the keeper stops with his legs.

Right on half-time, both teams had a chance as Orosz forces another save from the keeper then the long clearance ends with O’Connor diving at Akandi’s feet right on the halftime whistle.

With the number of chances both teams were creating, it could have been a high scoring affair if it wasn’t for two in form keepers

HT: Daventry Town 0 Sileby Rangers 0

A lovely early run from Jordan Orosz but his cross flashed across the front of the goal with no one able to get the finishing touch.

Creaney puts Orosz through on 52 minutes but again the keeper blocks well and the ball is cleared.

Captain Ross Harris saved Town when he headed the ball off the line. From the corner, O’Connor makes another great save, tipping a header over the bar.

Another great run along the length of the pitch from Jordan Orosz, wins a corner and Roggero makes another great stop. It was going to take something special to beat these keepers.

A Jack Ashton header finally beat the keeper but a defender was on the line to clear.
Chief Boateng and Harry Beckley both came off the bench and shortly afterwards Town went in front.

A cross was met by Boateng but his shot was blocked but fell to TOMMY McGOWAN who managed to get a toe on the ball with just enough pace to see the ball trickle over the line.

It was tense affair right to the end but Town deserved all 3 points in the end.

FT: Daventry Town 1 Sileby Rangers 0

Town travel to Leicester Nirvana on Tuesday evening before another trip to Leicestershire on Saturday to take on Oadby Town.

Updated 11:06 - 9 Dec 2017 by Brian Porter

Where next?

Leicester Nivara 0 Daventry Town 0 Good away point gained in difficult conditions
Holbeach United 3 Daventry Town 0 Town made several changes from the team that played at Yaxley.

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