Newport Pagnell Town 4 Daventry Town 3
Tuesday, 02 March 2010
Daventry's double hopes were ended by a double comeback from the Swans at Willen Road.
There was an early setback for Daventry as Josh Blake was red carded for retaliating to a Richard Armstrong challenge.
After a scoreless first half Jason Lee gave Daventry the lead six minutes into the second period, netting with a half volley through a crowded penalty area.
Tom Berwick added a second visiting goal after 68 minutes, springing the offside trap as the championship favourites put one foot in the final.
Chelly Nkong's first Newport goal after 75 minutes, set up by substitute Matt Broomes, put the Swans back in the tie and with four minutes later Daren Dykes hauled the home side on terms with a header from a corner.
Berwick restored Daventry's lead two minutes into extra time, but Newport redoubled their efforts and again equalised through James Fletcher's header after 98 minutes.
Vinny Shrieves won it for the Swans after 103 minutes, punishing a handling error by Daventry keeper Joe Mellings..
Newport: James Howarth, Dean Buss, Keith Williams (Matt Broomes), John Thorpe, James Fletcher, Rob Tapp (Tom Hill), Chelly Nkong, Richard Armstrong, Daren Dykes, Darren Lynch (Vinnie Shrieves), Rob Macdonald.
Daventry: Joe Mellings, Martin Hutchcox (Richard Wesley), Josh O'Grady (Adam Confue), Andy Gregory, Jason Lee, Paul Lamb, Ryan Howell, Josh Blake, Tom Berwick, Russ Dunkley, Tom James (Paul Saunders).