Football: Young Town earn shock victory
United Counties League Division One Northampton Sileby Rangers 2, Huntingdon Town 3 HUNTINGDON produced the result of the day as they shocked high-flying Sileby at Fernie Fields with three goals in the first 17 minutes. The travelling Town team boasted y
United Counties League
Northampton Sileby Rangers 2, Huntingdon Town 3
HUNTINGDON produced the result of the day as they shocked high-flying Sileby at Fernie Fields with three goals in the first 17 minutes.
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The travelling Town team boasted youth but not a great deal of experience, with 10 of the starting eleven under the age of 21 but this failed to hinder the Jubilee Park outfit as they cruised to an impressive win.
Tommy Polis opened the scoring for the visitors when he got in behind the Sileby backline and slotted the ball home.
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Paul Bass then doubled the lead after 16 minutes before Carl Foreman made it three sixty seconds.
The visitors kept their lead intact until the final 15 minutes of the game when Sileby hit back with two late goals, but Huntingdon hung on for a deserved victory.
Town general manger, Mick Hunt, said: "We are very pleased and very proud of the players. Sileby were a very physical side but we matched them and it was a fantastic result.
"Paul Bass up front ran his heart out, while Daniel York in front of the defence produced some great tackles. Ryan Hunt in goal had lots of work to get through but he coped well with the aerial threat that they posed," added Hunt.
* Eynesbury Rovers 3, Rothwell Corinthians 1
ROVERS recorded their fifth consecutive victory, despite conceding a goal to Rothwell in the first minute.
Goals from Barry Albone, Ricky Taylor and Paul Carey were good enough to earn the hosts the three points and consolidate their lofty league position just as the season begins to gather pace.
A mistake from Albone and keeper Ben Houseago presented the ball to Kevin Fox, who made no mistake from 20 yards.
However, Albone made up for his earlier error six minutes later. Peter Collins whipped the ball into the penalty area from a free kick and Albone came in with a diving header to give Tom Cross no chance in the Corinthians goal.
Ben Houseago also redeemed himself by producing a fine save for Eynesbury to ensure the scores were level at the break.
Rovers then upped the pace and were awarded a penalty 10 minutes after the break. However, the usually dependable Carey missed the spot kick and the ball was cleared for a throw.
With Rothwell players still arguing with the referee about the penalty award, Rovers took advantage and Taylor found the net from 12 yards.
With 19 minutes remaining the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Tony Ielapi picked up his second yellow card, for a late challenge. With three minutes left, Rovers made sure of the points when David Fisk dispossessed Lee Addy before crossing the ball to Carey at the far post who fired the ball past Cross.
Substitute Andrew Wale nearly got his first goal for the team in the dying minutes, but his effort rebounded off the post.
Manager Dean Shipp was delighted with result and the second half performance in particular. "It was a good win after a nervous start and a poor first half display.
"We improved our passing and distribution after the break and got the rewards. We have to stay focused now and not get complacent, despite the good run of results that we've had.