Huntingdon focus on the Vase after Cup defeat
HUNTINGDON Town’s FA Cup dreams were snuffed out by Daventry Town on Saturday but manager Ricky Marheineke says the team will dust itself off and be ready to take on Oaaby Town in the Vase this weekend.
Town lost 3-1 in the first qualifying round of the Cup on Saturday at Jubilee Park, but went ahead early on through Charlie Brown who scrambled a close range shot home.
However, Daventry scored twice in the first half and again in the second to win their place in the second qualifying round.
Marheineke said: “I was disappointed that all three of their goals came from set pieces – two from corners and one from a free kick that was almost a corner – but there were positives and we looked dangerous at times.
“Daventry are two divisions above us and when you make mistakes against teams like that you get punished.
“You can make mistakes at our level and maybe get away with them – but small or simples mistakes can be very costly when you are playing a team from a higher division.
“In the second half we got tired – but I was pleased with parts of the performance.
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“We dust ourselves down now and get ready for another tough game against Oadby”
Godmanchester Rovers are also involved in the FA Vase this weekend.
Huntingdon and Godmanchester are both on the road for their second qualifying round games on.
Huntingdon travel to Oadby, the Step six greater-Leicester side who are riding high in the East Midlands Counties League, while Rovers are at home to a team from the United Counties League Premier Division, Northampton Spencer, who beat St Ives 2-1 in their league game last Saturday.
If Huntingdon get through this round, they will be on the road again - in October - to either Lutterworth Athletic, who play at Step 6 in the Premier Division of the Lecistershire Senior League, or Anstey Nomads, another Leicestershire club who play in the same League as Oadby.
Should they get past Northampton, Godmanchester will face Loughborough University away from home, the team that knocked them out of the FA Cup in the preliminary round earlier this month.
Eynesbury Rovers were the only Huntingdonshire club involved in the first qualifying round but they lost to 4-3 Desborough Town.
St Ives Town are exempted from the competition until the second round proper.
St Neots Town, now a Step five side, qualify for the FA Trophy this season rather than the Vase.