Aylesbury United were dispatched by Daventry town for the second time in a week after a 2-0 loss in the Calor League Division One Central last night.
The Ducks made a decent enough start to the match, but it gradually became a one-sided first half and it was no surprise when Tom Berwick gave Daventry a 26th minute lead with a finely executed lob, as United’s defenders fumed at the linesman for the lack of his offside flag.
Some strong defending by Aylesbury kept Daventry at bay and the score at one going into half time.
Tony Joyce changed things up by swapping defensive midfielders Greg Williams and Richard Armstrong for wingers Lee Grace and Daniel Jones, and it had the desired effect as a more lively United emerged and gave a spirited display.
Despite this, making headway against the resolute and well-organised Daventry team proved difficult and it was the home side who had the perfect opportunity to seal the match with a softly awarded penalty.
But ex-Duck Liam Dolman’s spot kick was superbly saved by Jack Sillitoe.
Aylesbury battled on but still couldn’t find a breakthrough and instead it was the Purples who scored again when Mykel Beckley tapped in from close range with two minutes to go, capitalising on a quick counter attack when the Ducks had thrown men forward for a set piece.
Despite having nothing to show for their efforts Tony Joyce’s men can take plenty of heart from their display as they travel to another of the title challengers, Dunstable Town, on Saturday (3pm KO).