Festive period will be tough for Huntingdon

HUNTINGDON Town will go into December third in the United Counties Division One table with games against the top two teams – Harborough Town and Bugbrooke St Michaels – at either end of the month.

After beating Burton Park Wanderers 4-0 on Saturday, the Huntingdon will host table-toppers Harborough this weekend, before rounding-off the year with a home game against second-placed Bugbrooke on New Year’s Eve. In between they will play Olney Town, Wellingborough Whitworth and Bourne Town.

Dan Moyes, Ricky Dear and Dan Drane made sure manager Ricky Marheineke was a happy man at half time on Saturday – before Joe Jordan made it 4-0 with 15 minutes remaining, sweeping in an impressive Adam Lacey chip which had come back off the crossbar.

Lacey, a youngster who the manager had promoted from the reserves after losing four players over the last couple of weeks, played the full 90 minutes, and finished the game up front after switching from midfield.

“Ondre Odaine has gone to March and Gerald Evans has joined Peterborough Northern Star,” explained the Huntingdon boss, who has also released Joe Furness and Carl Foreman. “To be fair, I think the result flattered us. It wasn’t a bad performance but it wasn’t one of our best.”

It was, however, the club’s fifth United Counties win on the trot as they continue to keep up the pressure on the teams above them.

They are now only four points behind the leaders with a game in hand – though Bugbrooke, who have also led the table this season, have two games in hand on Huntingdon.

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“It’s a going to be a tough month,” said Marheinieke. “It was disappointing towards the end of the game, Ryan Spencer picked up a six-inch cut from a fair challenge. He went to A&E and had it stitched up, but we don’t know how long he’ll be out.”