NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Huntingdon chief reflects on ‘fortnight to forget’ after they suffer another away drubbing

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town suffered more misery on the road last Saturday.

Jimmy Brattan’s strugglers were thumped 6-0 at Northampton side Sileby Rangers in Division One of the United Counties League.

Town have now leaked 13 goals in two games after going down 7-4 at Leicester outfit St Andrews in their previous game.

Town are second-bottom and sit four points above basement side Raunds Town, who won for the first time this season last Saturday.

“I wanted a response from the humiliating defeat at St Andrews the previous Saturday, but I didn’t get one,” admitted Brattan. “Instead it was another away day to forget for us as we completely failed to play to the gameplan that was set out.

“It was quite an even game for 25 minutes but we then found ourselves 3-0 down before the break as Sileby cut straight through us like a knife through butter.

“It’s rare that I feel the need to raise my voice in the dressing room, but I did at half-time on Saturday when a few choice words were spoken.

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“Unfortunately it didn’t spark a better performance in the second half as it took us until the final 15 to 20 minutes to actually play any football.

“We had too many people playing as individuals and not as a team - and that is something which has to change immediately.

“It has been a fortnight to forget for us and we have to go back to the drawing board to put things right.

“I’m doing all I can to address the lack of depth and quality in the squad but, as I said when I came back to the club, there is no quick fix.”

Huntingdon have lost three of their five games since Brattan returned for a second spell in the hotseat. They’ve also picked up a win and a draw.

Life is not about to get any easier for Brattan’s men as they entertain title favourites Lutterworth Town at Jubilee Park this Saturday.

Before then Town have a good opportunity to make progress in a knockout competition when hosting lower-level St Neots Town Reserves in a Hinchingbrooke Cup tie tomorrow night (Wednesday).

Town reached the final of that competition last season - eventually losing to higher-level Yaxley - but Brattan admitted it is not top of his priority list currently.

Brattan is still hoping to appoint a first-team coach and also bring in a physio. Anyone interested in either post can contact him on 07498 286139.