Boss Young’s stern half-time talk seals semi-final berth
Hunts Senior Cup Quarter Final AFC Fletton 3 Huntingdon Town 5 A LATE flurry of goals from Town saw them leave Peterborough with a place in the Senior Cup semi-finals in a game that was wide open. Huntingdon manager Darren Young bemoaned his side s first-
Hunts Senior Cup Quarter Final
AFC Fletton 3 Huntingdon Town 5
A LATE flurry of goals from Town saw them leave Peterborough with a place in the Senior Cup semi-finals in a game that was wide open.
Huntingdon manager Darren Young bemoaned his side's first-half display, which saw them let a two-goal lead slip.
"I had to remind the lads at half-time that the reward for a win was a semi-final place," Young said. "Moments of concentration loss are not acceptable against any team, especially one up for the game.
"I told them this could prove to be a big banana skin and to get out for the second half and prove the difference in class."
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The visitors started well enough, dominating their lower league opponents with some crisp passing and slick one-touch football and after 26 minutes they had seemingly put the game safe with two goals from in-form Chris Caswell.
On 19 minutes Caswell crashed an unstoppable volley into the far corner after some great ball control before following up his own saved effort on 26 minutes to make it two.
Far from throwing in the towel, Fletton hit back through two strikes in the last nine minutes of the half. Michael Sealey netted after 36 minutes and Stuart Eason hit the target eight minutes later.
The manager's half-time talk seemed to have done the trick as the Jubilee Park side hit the ground running.
Inside 10 minutes Eddie Mills showed composure to leave the keeper stranded with a deft chip into the corner of the net.
Joy for Town was short-lived as the underdogs hit back after a set-play was knocked in at the far post.
From then on it was more Town pressure. The defence tightened up under Mark Hackett's leadership and the midfield exerted more control. Adam Taylor, Darren Ray, Nicky Young and Mills found more time and space and it was just reward when James Edwards netted on 68 minutes after the keeper had blocked a Taylor effort. Mills had the final word with a terrific goal from 20 yards.
* Town visit third-placed Daventry United on Saturday.