RICKY Marheineke might have dismissed AFC Kempston Rovers as one of the poorer sides Huntingdon Town have played this season, but a 5-1 win is a 5-1 win, whatever the circumstances.
Jamie Graham scored twice with Stuart Eason getting one in between as Huntingdon stormed into a 3-0 lead in 10 minutes in a match during which forward Ben Seymour-Shove starred – but the manager felt his team could have gone on and punished the visitors further, rather than find the net just twice more through the excellent Seymour-Shove and Declan Rogers.
“We could have done better,” said Marheineke. “We got carried away and over-complicated things with too many flicks and too many back heels.
“In a game like that you need to stick to doing well what you do well.”
But without a match for 10 days, Marheineke was wary of being too critical – after all, his team have now won five games on the trot to put that dodgy spell which saw them lose four in a row at Christmas way behind them.
“Sometimes when you score that many goals early on the game does die a death,” he said. “We did make some substitutions early in the second half to put some life back into it but I think the biggest disappointment was conceding a real sloppy goal.”
Seymour-Shove, the former Peterborough United trainee who is playing the game with a smile on his face these days, made both of Graham’s early goals.
The first came from a cross and Graham met the ball with a lovely header which looped over the top of the Kempston goalkeeper.
The second was a scrambled affair after Graham ran on to a through ball but fluffed his first chance before digging the ball out of the mud and away from the floored goalkeeper and flicking it into the net. In between, Eason had flicked on a long throw-in from Ollie Medwynter for number two in just the fourth minute. But there was a long wait until the fourth goal, which was scored by Seymour-Shove who aimed his volley into the roof of the net from just inside the area after an athletic knock back from the by-line by Eason.
It was an unusual mistake from goalkeeper Enol Ordonez that led to Kempston’s goal, but Rogers crashed the ball into the roof of the net again from a Graham cut-back for 5-1.
Of Seymour-Shove’s performance, Marheineke said: “He’s enjoying his football and it shows in how he is playing. He has just turned 19 and he’s going to be some player. Trying to keep hold of him next season might be a problem. I signed Ben knowing that he is a very ambitious player and I would never stand in someone’s way.
“He’s a friend of Conor Washington and he saw what he did at St Ives – and there is no better way than to prove yourself than to do it in this division.
“If Ben gets spotted I will shake his hand, pay for a taxi, and send him on his way...”
Huntingdon: Enol Ordonez, Dan Moyes, Josh Crick, Victor Torres, Ollie Medwynter, Ricky Dear, Declan Rogers (Dave Townsend), Ben Seymour-Shove, Jamie Graham, Dan Drane, Stuart Eason (Niks Savalneiks).