Moyo completes hat-trick to put holders on their way to last four

Daventry Town went out of the NFA Hillier Cup on Tuesday after losing 4-0 at holders Brackley Town with centre forward David Moyo completing a superb hat-trick.

Manager Darran Foster stuck with the same team that started the 2-2 draw away at Lincoln United in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League clash for the quarter-final tie at St James Park. Saints manager Kevin Wilkin selected a strong side ahead of this weekend’s FA Trophy tie with Worcester City.

The Vanarama National League North outfit should have scored within the first quarter of an hour but Moyo hit the post with a side-footed shot which had Daventry keeper Ben Heath well beaten. The opening goal came in the 29th minute after a cross from winger Tom Winters found Sam Whittall at the far post and he had the easy task of tapping the ball over the line to give Saints the early advantage.

Saints’ second goal came three minutes later after a break down the middle from Sam Smith who pulled the ball back for Moyo whose shot was deflected past Heath.

Daventry kept Saints out until late in the second half. Eddie Odhiambo hit the post before Saints increased their lead in the 76th minute when Winters provided another excellent cross which was headed on for Moyo to tap in his second goal.

Winters provided yet another fine cross for Moyo to complete his hat-trick with three minutes remaining and send Daventry out of the competition.

Saints will now play their semi-final at AFC Rushden & Diamonds in February and the winners will face either Rothwell Corinthians or Kettering Town in the final.

Daventry can now concentrate of their Division One South programme with a very tough away trip at runaway leaders Stafford Rangers on Saturday before heading off to Derbyshire next Tuesday for a Doodson League Cup tie at Matlock Town.