The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 30th September 2011
...on neighbours Leamington in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round at Communications Park tomorrow.
Daventry face a formidable task in front of an expected crowd of 500 plus, many of whom will make the short journey from Leamington to support a Brakes’ side hovering around the Southern Premier Division play-off places.
Former Sutton Coldfield Town full-back Craig Milligan will be available to Daventry but ex-Romulus central defender Luke Edwards is cup-tied along with the returning Josh O’Grady and Hinckley United loan-signing Tom Byrne.
On the credit side, talented midfield player Claudiu Hoban is fit again and goalkeeper Joe Mellings should be back in action sometime this week after an ankle injury.
The cup tie will give ex-Leamington captain Aaron Parkinson and club record scorer Mark Bellingham a chance to play against their old club, while former Daventry hot shot Tom Berwick could line-up for the Brakes.
Berwick scored more than eighty goals in his last two seasons at Daventry but has played less than an hour’s football after being confined to the substitutes’ bench during Leamington’s last four matches.
David Kolodynski is the latest goalscoring sensation at the New Windmill and it cannot be long odds against Berwick returning for a third spell at Communications Park at some time in the future.
First things first though and the Town would do well to force a lucrative midweek replay at Leamington while the Bucks will surely fancy their chances of beating Bridgnorth at the first attempt.
Leamington manager Paul Holleran is taking nothing for granted after the Brakes’ responded to a shock league defeat by Bedford Town to record a convincing 5-0 FA Cup success over Boldmere St Michaels.
“At the end of the day Daventry are a team from a lower league and we should progress,” said Holleran.
“Even so the tie carries certain dangers with them having players of the calibre of Mark Bellingham, Aaron Parkinson, Howard Forinton and Callum Burgess.”