United Counties League Division One Huntingdon Town 3 Olney Town 2 A STUNNING fightback saw Huntingdon continue their good run of home form on a day of comebacks for the region s football sides. Town s turnaround was mirrored across the region as, incred
United Counties League Division One
Huntingdon Town 3 Olney Town 2
A STUNNING fightback saw Huntingdon continue their good run of home form on a day of comebacks for the region's football sides.
Town's turnaround was mirrored across the region as, incredibly, all four of Huntingdonshire's United Counties League sides came from behind to secure victories.
It was the classic game of two halves at Jubilee Park with Huntingdon manager Paul Swannell describing his side's first-half performance as "awful", although he was delighted with the way his side battled back to claim victory.
Some disastrous defending inside the first 10 minutes allowed Scott Wrighting and Steve Foster to put Olney in the driving seat.
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Adam Turner's poor clearance and then Alan Haine's slice handed the visitors two soft goals as Huntingdon showed signs of a hangover from Tuesday's glamorous friendly against Cambridge United.
The home side emerged a different team after the break and the introduction of young midfielder Shane Fox from the bench on the hour mark helped change the game.
Top scorer Billy Tumelty pulled back a goal shortly after the substitution with a drive from the edge of the box.
From then on, there only looked to be one winner, although the home side had a let-off when a visiting forward blazed the ball over the bar from close range on 68 minutes.
Huntingdon piled on the pressure and Carl Foreman equalised for the home side after 76 minutes with a low drive into the bottom corner.
It was left to striker Ryan Francis to complete the comeback as he pounced on a defensive error to clip the ball over the stranded goalkeeper six minutes from the end.
Swannell said: "We did much better in the second half.
"Shane Fox did well coming off the bench and Rhys Lawrence performed well in midfield, and once we'd scored there was only going to be one winner."
Town host mid-table Burton Park Wanderers at Jubilee Park on Saturday.
n Turn to Page 150 for full reports of fightbacks for St Ives Town, St Neots Town and Eynesbury Rovers.