Gallery: Two sent off as Huntingdon-Eynesbury derby boils over
UCL Division One --- Huntingdon Town 0-1 Eynesbury Rovers --- EYNESBURY Rovers took the spoils on derby day in a tight and at times bad-tempered affair at Jubilee Park. Craig Lanham supplied the only goal, drilling home from the edge of the box just bef
UCL Division One ---
Huntingdon Town 0-1 Eynesbury Rovers ---
EYNESBURY Rovers took the spoils on derby day in a tight and at times bad-tempered affair at Jubilee Park.
Craig Lanham supplied the only goal, drilling home from the edge of the box just before half-time in a game that saw two late red cards.
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The result helps Eynesbury maintain third spot in the league, with Town staying sixth, but losing ground on the leaders.
Town co-manager Al Lenihan said he had no complaints with the result after seeing his team defeated by his former club.
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He said: "We never deserved anything from the match. Rovers were the better team, but the dismissal of two of my players definitely had an effect. I think the situation could have been avoided by a more forceful official."
After a competitive first half, the match boiled over in the second following the replacement of the injured match referee by his assistant.
There were few clear-cut chances, with Dwayne Rankin guilty of wasting two good opportunities for Town. Adam Podgorski hit the post at the start of the second-half with a powerful strike, but it was a rare opportunity, and Rovers looked comfortable defending their narrow advantage.
The game ended on a sour note when an incident involving Rankin and Rovers' Craig Smith saw Smith cautioned, and Rankin sent off. Anthony Thomas was also dismissed after becoming involved.
Lenihan said the situation could have been avoided had the referee stamped his authority on the game earlier.
"The replacement tried his best his inexperience at this level saw the game get away from him. Had he picked up some of the fouls, from both teams, earlier on, the reds could have been avoided."
Eynesbury boss Matt Plumb said he was pleased to have left Jubilee Park with the points that keep his team in contention at the top of the league.
He added: "I'm just happy to have kept a clean sheet, because we haven't done that too often recently. We were very tight in defence, and I felt that we were the better team and deserved the win."
Plumb said that the squad was well-prepared for this Saturday's match against league leaders Peterborough Northern Star.
"We're not going to worry too much about it - we should be able to name an unchanged squad for the game. I'm happy for them to worry about how they will cope with us on the day."
Huntingdon Town host Buckingham Town at Jubilee Park at 3pm on Saturday.