NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Huntingdon boss getting bored of the same old situations

Huntingdon Town manager Bob Warby.

Huntingdon Town manager Bob Warby. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town manager Bob Warby admits he could have no complaints if his job was under threat.

Warby’s men slipped to a third successive United Counties League Premier Division defeat when going down 2-0 at Rothwell Corinthians yesterday.

Town endured a nightmare start when falling behind inside the opening minute before a second Rothwell goal, from the penalty spot, sealed their fate with 10 minutes to go.

And the Town chief admits he is ‘bored’ of having to follow the same post-match routine on a regular basis after seeing his team on the receiving end of what he feels are poor refereering decisions.

He said: “I’m bored of having to apologise to my chairman every week, I’m bored of having to come up with different excuses for the media every week, and I’m majorly bored of the decision-making from referees in the UCL this season.

“When you have a match official, who has rolled his short sleeves up to look like an extra from TOWIE, you know what he’s about from the start.

“The new generation of officials – those being fast-tracked through and encouraged to drop the human side of football – terrify me.

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“I’ve asked my club to give them full marks of 100 out of 100 to ensure they get promoted out of our league for next season. Marking them down is simply a waste of time and ink.

“But we didn’t lose the game because of the referee. We lost because we sloppily conceded after just 45 seconds and then naively overplayed before making a clumsy tackle on the very edge of the box that gave Rothwell a penalty with 10 minutes to go.

“We had five players missing from the team that faced Newport Pagnell last Wednesday.

“That forced a major change in shape and with a relentless fixture list leaving us just a dozen games after Christmas, it means the opportunities to train are minimal.

“We are currently taking giant strides backwards, negating all the hard work we did over the summer.

“I believe we recruited well and we also have a couple of new signings on the horizon.

“I also maintain it is not how you start, but how you finish, but if I were my chairman, I’d be seriously questioning my future. He would have every right to do so.

“I believe in my players, I believe in my coaching team and I believe in myself. We need to go back to basics and start doing the boring things better.

“Our results are solely down to us.”

The loss to Corinthians was a third successive defeat for a Town side who won 2-1 at Peterborough Northern Star in their league curtain-raiser.