Mon 30
First Team
Daventry Town
First strikes for Duffy and Jennings sees the Grove progress in the FA Trophy.

First strikes for Duffy and Jennings sees the Grove progress in the FA Trophy.

By Richard Scott
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Report by Callum Crabtree

A first goal for the club for both Richard Duffy and James Jennings ensured the Grove marched into the next round of the FA Trophy.

Despite a torrid day weather wise, there was nothing that could dampen the Grove’s performance in a professional 2-0 victory.

Centre-Half Duffy bagged his first for the club after a half cleared corner fell to the former Wales international just inside the box to slot home.

Jennings, who worked tirelessly all game, also got his first for the Grove as skipper Anthony Malbon’s clever flick on sent Jennings 1-on-1 with the keeper and he simply couldn’t miss.

Torrential downpour affected the game early on, with both sides adjusting to the feel of the pitch in an even first 15 minutes.

The visitors were dealt a blow when Adam Confue hobbled off early on and had to be replaced by Nat Libburd.

After 23 minutes played, the deadlock was eventually broken when Duffy picked up a half cleared Lee Williamson corner and expertly found the bottom corner through a sea of bodies. A finish resembling more of a centre forward then a centre half.

The Grove should’ve had a penalty after a marauding run from Alex Morris sent Jennings one-on-one with the keeper only to be swiped across the face, yet nothing was given.

Daventry were unlucky not to pull level 10 minutes before the half as Adam Creaney’s effort from 25 yards out cannoned off the frame of the goal.

Heavy rain continued over half time, causing both sides to battle another scrappy first 15 minutes.

It was 2-0 just before the hour mark as a long punt up field found Malbon’s head for a gentle little flick put the ball in Jenning’s path to convert and ensure no extra time was needed.

Kieran Fitzgerald did have a few efforts to pull one back for the visitors in quick succession. Kyle Diskin’s perfectly timed last ditch tackle prevented their number 9 from shooting close range and then a beat drag back led to a shot which only just skimmed the post.

The Grove almost had a 3rd seven minutes from the end as Williamson intercepted a loose ball in the middle of the park who then sent substitute Ruben Wiggins-Thomas on a bombarding run forward before squaring to Malbon. The skipper then weaved his way past the defender but his shot smashed against the post.

The two goals were enough and sets up a home time against Wisbech Town for the 12th October in the next round of the FA Trophy.

Gaffer Ryan Austin will take a lot of confidence in this professional display into the huge game against Gateshead this Saturday in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

Kidsgrove Athletic: Harrison, Hart, Morris, Hall (Rhodes, 86), Duffy, Butler, Diskin (Blake, 70), Thompson, Jennings (Wiggins-Thomas, 79), Malbon and Williamson.
Unused subs: Murphy and Bergin.

Daventry Town: Finlay, Stanbridge, Childs (Merill, 57), Harris, Wilkinson, Confue (Liburd,16), Orosz, Finch, Fitzgerald, McGowan and Creaney.

Attendance: 89

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Match date

Mon 30, Sep 2019






The FA Trophy 19-20