Saints 1 Paxton 75
Daventry Town 1 Robinson 14
Calor League Division One Central (Saturday 14 December)
Chalfont had reason to cheer on Saturday as they achieved what is probably their best league result of the season with a performance that would have defeated many other sides.
Daventry are no mugs; one of the title favourites and having enjoyed a strong run in the FA Cup will have arrived at Mill Meadow expecting to roll over a Saints side that has been struggling at home.
With Leon Osei returning to the front line Saints finally found a target man who can compete with central defenders and so Saints were able to see a focus for their attacks. With Terrell Lewis slipping back into the full back role, the Saints back line looked solid enough but the lack that has evaded them all season continued to hold back after 14 minutes when an eagle-eyed linesman was able to see Ashley Robinson's effort from a corner cross the goal line through a crowd of players. The inevitable mountain that required climbing confronted Saints but at no time did they look overwhelmed and as half time arrived they were more than competing with an impressive Daventry side.
The expectation was that the visitors would turn up the heat after the restart and they did move the ball quickly and accurately but it was Chalfont that slowly took control of proceedings. Alan Hedley was tireless in midfield, creating and seeing openings and three times Leon Osei was just short of levelling the scores as Daventry began to chase shadows. Romaine Walker, short on confidence, began to regain his touch and Danilson Vicente spurned a golden opportunity.
Chalfont's inability to find the target was in danger of spoiling a hard-working performance but on 75 minutes they were rescued by their standout player of the season, Gareth Paxton. A deep corner by Walker found Evandro Delgado at the far post and he held up the ball before feeding Paxton whose swerving shot back across goal flew into the net.
Although Daventry were always a threat, mainly through the dangerous Ross Oulton, it was Chalfont that looked the more likely winners as both sides pressed for the win in the final minutes. At the final whistle there was relief and pride from the home side and some undoubted frustration from the visitors who had expected more.
Saints: Michael Power-Simpson, Terrell Lewis, Anthony Lennon, Gareth Paxton, John Carroll, Alex Paine, Romaine Walker, Alan Hedley, Scott Fitzgerald, Leon Osei, Danilson Vicente (Evandro Delgado 72).
Attendance: 43 Star Player: Alan Hedley