Monday 16 March 2020


Thirteenth placed Daventry Town visited fourth placed Welwyn Garden City last Tuesday evening for a BetVictor Southern League Division One (Central) game. The Citizens had lost at home to North Leigh on the previous Saturday with the visitors from Northamptonshire losing 0-2 at home to Bedford Town. 

This was a great game with Daventry Town playing very well and they looked like the team who were chasing a play-off place - Aaron and Simon King playing in midfield were very impressive. The brothers have played for a host of other non-league clubs in the local area including Winslow United, Aylesbury FC and Bedford Town. I was also impressive with Michael Gyasi who played on the left wing but looked predominantly right footed. The 20 year old spent his youth career with Northampton Town and Chelsea as well as Leicester City and Stoke City. He has since played for Heather St Johns, Bedford Town, Barton Rovers and Coggeshall Town. He has also played for Germany at under 15's level and has had trials at football league clubs.  

Aaron Kings is 10 in the video with Simon number 8. Gyasi is number 11. 

The Citizens took the lead through Dylan Ebengo and it was 1-0 at half time but it was Daventry who took control of the game in the second half with goals from Luke Emery (2), Ross Harris and Aaron King who rounded things off with a goal in injury time to make it 2-4. Charlie Payne was sent off for the home side for two bookable offences. 

Matthew Campbell-Mhlope (12) who came on as substitute for the home side for only his second appearance of the season after recently returning to the club - He showed some good touches and skill and looks a really good player - He came through the ranks at Millwall before playing for Hemel Hempstead Town and Kings Langley. 

*Warning - Video does contain a little bit of industrial sweary language*

As for where we go from here we all know that most leagues have cancelled and postponed games due to the current situation. Some local leagues played games on Saturday including the United Counties League, Combined Counties League, Cambridgeshire County League and the Southern Counties East Football League. 

All I can say is that, like many people, I'm very much missing the beautiful game already and hopefully it will return soon. Please keep safe, well and look after each other especially those we know who are older and in need of assistance. We all need to help each other out over the next few weeks and months. 

The Cold End 

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