NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Reality check as Huntingdon Town are knocked off course at St Andrews

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town came crashing back down to earth with a bump last Saturday.

Jimmy Brattan’s side were beaten 7-4 by previously win-less St Andrews in a United Counties League Division One clash.

It was a reverse which represented a sudden downturn in form for a side who had previously shown swift improvement since the return of Brattan earlier this month for a second stint in the hotseat.

“We looked like we didn’t have a clue what we were doing,” admitted Brattan in a brutally honest assessment of his side’s efforts in Leicester.

“We had no shape, we seemed tired and there was a total lack of commitment and desire. Unfortunately for us, St Andrews boasted all of the above and taught us a lesson.

“I wasn’t good enough, the players weren’t good enough and this defeat and performance highlight that we still have a hell of a lot of work to do if we want to climb the table.

“It also shows that we need to add quantity and quality to the squad.”

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Corey Kingston blazed an early penalty over the bar before Jamie Waterworth did succeed in putting Town ahead

But their lead was wiped out within a couple of minutes as Waterworth inadvertently headed into his own net. He continued his personal scoring feast by then restoring the lead at the right end before the hosts struck twice to ease into a 3-2 lead at the break.

Three further St Andrews goals early in the second half killed the contest before Town did at least rally with goals from Kingston (who also hit the woodwork on two other occasions) and Adam Richardson, but a seventh from the hosts ended any faint hopes of an unlikely fightback.

Town go to Northampton side Sileby Rangers this Saturday when their squad will feature new signings Odie Wason and Keith Mureza.

Wason is a central defender who spent last season with Huntingdon and now returns from Langtoft United, while Mureza is a winger who was on the books of League One club Peterborough United as a youngster.

While the Town first-team had an afternoon to forget, it was a Saturday to remember for the club’s reserve side.

They roared to the biggest success since being re-formed at the start of this season when thumping Holbeach Bank 13-0 in a Division Three clash in the Peterborough & District League.

Matthew Brown led the way with a hat-trick while Leshon Douglas, Aaron Hiscock and Kieran Price all struck twice. Jordan Walker, David Lapins, Steve Hiscock and Sparky McIlwain completed the scoring.