Huntingdon Town suffer first league defeat since April

Huntingdon Town FC manager Seb Hayes

Huntingdon Town FC manager Seb Hayes - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon saw their proud United Counties League Premier Division unbeaten run come to a halt ... and boss Seb Hayes had no complaints.

Town were on the receiving end of a second-half onslaught when beaten by in-form Desborough on Saturday, but their own performance left plenty to be desired.

It was their first league defeat since early April – a streak spanning five matches at the end of last season and the opening 11 outings of the current campaign.

Hayes said: “This club has had a lot of success in the past three years, started by Ricky Marheineke and continued by myself, built on hard work, but that was missing at the weekend.

“You can sometimes get away with it when having two or three lads below par, but when 13 of the 14 players used fail to perform there is no chance of avoiding a defeat.

“I’m not going to be too critical of the players publicly, but they are aware I am not happy with them.

“It may well be the case that we have over-achieved so far this season. I’ve certainly never spoken of us being title contenders because I know that is not the case.

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“If we can finish in the top six I will be happy, but we will need to perform a hell of a lot better than we did at Desborough.”

Huntingdon won’t have to wait long to attempt to set the record straight as Desborough are now scheduled to visit Jubilee Park on Saturday in a re-arranged fixture with both teams out of the FA Vase.

Huntingdon also hope to be in home action tonight (Wednesday) when they entertain third-placed Yaxley in a derby clash.

Hayes added: “I’m quite happy to be facing Desborough again so quickly as it gives us an immediate chance to put last weekend right.

“But the first priority is putting in a good performance against a very strong Yaxley side. It’s a derby game and hopefully it will bring out the best in us.”

Their derby against Peterborough Northern Star last Wednesday was postponed.