Daventry Town
Irchester United





Table toppers Daventry were surprisingly held to a draw at home by seventh placed Irchester in front of their biggest crowd of the season of 133.  Daventry started the match brightly but failed to create any real chances.  In the 15th minute Irchester's Ty Clark collected the ball on the left and rode a couple of challenges before firing home from an acute angle.  Dan Childs went close when he headed Aaron King’s corner just wide of the post as Town tried to get back on terms.  The equaliser came after 25 minutes.  Adam Creaney took a corner and goalkeeper Dale Hamilton, who otherwise had an outstanding match, allowed the ball to slip through his hands and saw Adam Confue head home from close range.


Daventry were dominated in second half.  Alfie Taylor had an effort blocked and his second produced the first of series of excellent saves from Hamilton.  Next Dan Childs who found space on the penalty spot.  His shot was destined for the roof of the net before Hamilton tipped the ball over the bar.  Childs was involved again in the next move, taking the ball down the right before laying it off to King.  Childs continued his run into the box, meeting King’s cross with a looping header that went just over the bar.  Alfie Taylor again went close, firing just wide of the right post then Creaney forced another good save from Hamilton with a shot from the edge of the box.  Irchester were dangerous on the break and they had their first chance of the second half with Raph Brown just failing to make the header at the far post when he seemed certain to score.  Shortly after, Ty Clark went close with a header which Ant O’Connor saved brilliantly with his legs before Dean Lukeman had a header cleared off the line at the other end.  Dave Mills forced another good save from O’Connor.  The closing stages belonged to Daventry with substitute Scott Sandy sliding in but just failing to connect with a cross right in front of the goal.  An Aaron King free kick seemed destined for the top corner until Hamilton’s outstretched hand pushed the ball around the post before a backheel from the resulting corner was blocked on the line.


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