Lenihan: We didn’t deserve to win

HUNTINGDON Town manager Al Lenihan had few complaints after his side bowed out of the FA Vase on Saturday.

FA Vase Second Qualifying Round

Huntingdon Town 1-3 Felixstowe & Walton

HUNTINGDON Town manager Al Lenihan had few complaints after his side bowed out of the FA Vase following their 3-1 second qualifying round home defeat against Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday.

Stuart Eason’s second minute goal had put the United Counties League Division One outfit ahead against their Ridgeons League Premier opponents.

It also raised hopes that they could see off another higher division opponent, just had they had done with a 2-1 win over Mildenhall Town in the first qualifying round.

A win over Felixstowe would have also set up a money-spinning first round proper trip to UCL Premier St Neots Town.

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But they were unable to repeat those heroics, with Antony Thomas’ unfortunate own goal levelling things up on 34 minutes, before Dan Spencer gave Felixstowe the lead six minutes into the second half.

There was no way back for Huntingdon once Josh Crick had received a second caution and Felixstowe sealed their passage through thanks to Adam Hampson on 87 minutes.

Lenihan said: “For the first half an hour we were tremendous. I felt we were denied a stonewall penalty when Antony Thomas got hacked down when he was the last man on his way to go and we could have been out of sight by then.

“But they got a bit of fortune with the own goal against the run of play and it did something to us. We just collapsed and folded after that and didn’t play well at all.

“I don’t think we deserved to win the game. It was a bit disappointing and I actually thought Mildenhall, who we beat in the last round and play in the same division as Felixstowe, were actually a much better side.

“But I’ve got to be honest and say they were better than us on the day. I’m not really too fussed about the other cups, but doing well in the FA Vase gives the club a nice little boost because of what you can earn from it.”

Huntingdon Town’s Scotty Gatty game against Needingworth United has been rescheduled for Saturday at Jubilee Park.