It was the same old story for Huntingdon Town last Saturday – and it came complete with an all-too-familiar outcome.
Manager Jimmy Brattan could only watch on from the stands as his United Counties League Division One strugglers succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Northampton side Sileby Rangers – their third consecutive reverse by that scoreline.
Town hit the front through captain Corey Kingston in the first half but ultimately paid the price for squandering a whole host of other chances.
Kingston and fellow frontman Jamie Waterworth were denied on several occasions and Adam Richardson also blazed over before Town were stung by a second-half turnaround completed by what Brattan described as a ‘dubious’ penalty with 10 minutes to go.
He was adamant that Annoncio Anenou produced a clean tackle to win the ball, but the referee felt otherwise.
“I say the same things week in, week out, but anyone at our games will agree,” reflected Brattan, who is currently serving a touchline ban.
“We should have been out of sight by half-time after absolutely battering Sileby but only had one goal to show for it.
“Corey took the most difficult chance he had in the whole half, but we were far too wasteful again in front of goal.
“The lads were clearly frustrated at half-time but we again failed to take our chances early in the second half.
“The equaliser really put wind into Sileby’s sails and deflated us, and the penalty rubbed salt into the wounds.
“It looked a perfectly good tackle from where I was standing, but still created and missed more chances after that.
“We have now lost three successive games 2-1 and the truth is we should have won them all and put ourselves safe.
“Instead we are still fighting for our lives with a run of really difficult games ahead.”
Town have seven games remaining and six of those are against sides currently in the top eight. They travel to leaders Lutterworth Town this Saturday, 3pm.