NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Boss Jimmy Brattan has enjoyed the challenge of managing Huntingdon Town

Jonny Hall scored a late winner for Huntingdon Town. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Jonny Hall scored a late winner for Huntingdon Town. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town completed a successful end to what boss Jimmy Brattan has described as a ‘challenging and enjoyable’ campaign.

A late Jonny Hall free-kick - his third goal in as many games - earned victory at Lutterworth Athletic last Saturday as the curtain came down on their United Counties League Division One season.

It was a fourth successive victory for a team who have finished with a real flourish and earned plenty of praise from their manager.

“It’s a shame the league season is over given the form we’re in,” said Brattan, who began the campaign as joint boss with Ryan Hunnings before assuming sole control.

“Four wins in a row – scoring 14 goals in that time and conceding just one – is really pleasing after being on a bad run.

“It’s been a challenging and enjoyable season while managing at this level for the first time. I must thank the club for the opportunity and the lads for the effort they have given me.

“The only real disappointment is our final league position. We didn’t want to be down in the bottom half of the table and we only have ourselves to blame for being there.

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“We were on track to hit our target of the top seven at the beginning of February but then had a tough couple of months where we were hit by suspensions and injuries, and lost our consistency.

“But a lot of lads have made the step up from Peterborough & District League football and they have done fantastically well in my opinion.”

That Saturday victory lifted Town above their hosts into 12th place in the Division One standings, but victory for Athletic in their final match tonight would see them reclaim that position.

Town are also in action tonight as they travel to higher-level Deeping Rangers for a Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final.

Town were initially drawn at home, but have been forced to surrender that advantage due to a shortage of available dates at their Jubilee Park base.

The winners will meet Premier Division champions Yaxley in the final. They were granted a walkover against Eynesbury Rovers in the other semi-final.