Wednesday, August 27, 2014
It was a stroll in the park for Huntingdon on Saturday. They comfortably disposed of modest opposition to get the previous week’s FA Cup disappointment out of their system and make it two ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division wins out of two.
Three first half goals did the trick and while they could have racked up a hatful against Harborough Town, manager Seb Hayes was in no way critical.
“We played well,” he said. “Especially in the first half. We perhaps weren’t so fluid in the second, but when you have such a lead it is difficult to maintain the same sort of impetus.
“To get three points and keep a clean sheet was important after the FA Cup defeat. It meant we had to concentrate on our league form. Now I want us to stay unbeaten for as long as possible.”
Dan Newman opened the scoring with a header from a seventh minute corner and it was another header, this time from Chris Jones following a right wing cross, which doubled the advantage seven minutes later.
Jack White finished neatly from close range after a splendid passing movement five minutes before the interval and, in truth, had they taken half of their other opportunities they would have been out of sight.
Luke Kennedy might have done better on a couple of occasions and Jones was guilty of another miss, but the second half became something of a different story.
“We knew they would make it more difficult for us,” said Hayes. “They reorganised and gave us more of game defensively. They hit the bar and had a couple of opportunities, but we might also have added to the scoreline.
“I’ll take a clean sheet and three more points this early in the season.”
Huntingdon’s cup demise means they are without a game this Saturday, but Hayes will ensure his players stay sharp by playing some of them in the reserves and by orchestrating four training sessions before they face Wisbech at home on September 6.
“Everyone is fighting fit,” he said. “I want to keep it that way to take on a team who are tipped to finish in the top four.”