NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Huntingdon Town go from pub team to comeback kings in dramatic United Counties League draw
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Boss Jimmy Brattan saluted his Huntingdon Town players for a terrific second-half comeback – then admitted to being disappointed it didn’t result in United Counties League victory.
Substitute Glenn Spearink struck twice before Chae Simons hit a last-gasp leveller in a 3-3 draw at Stamford side Blackstones in Division One – a fine response from a team trailing 3-0 at the break.
And Town would have pulled off an incredible victory had Spearink not seen another goal harshly ruled out for an apparent push with 10 minutes to go.
“We were made to look like a Sunday morning pub side in the first half,” said Brattan. “Blackstones were by far the better team, but we got things sorted and bossed the second half.
“We took the game to them and produced a superb performance to come back from 3-0 down and get a point. We would have won it but for seeing Glenn’s third goal disallowed.
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“I set us up with the wrong formation in the first half and we addressed that at half-time. The lads also got the rollicking their performance deserved.
“But the good thing about my boys is they don’t know when they are beaten. They never give up and got their reward.”
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Huntingdon found themselves trailing inside the opening minute as stand-in goalkeeper Richard Baines was beaten by Jones De Sousa. Baines donned the gloves with regular number one Quincy Shorunmu away at a wedding.
Liam Rodden headed against the bar for Town before former St Neots Town man Lee Clarke – now joint-boss at Blackstones – doubled the hosts’ lead after a quarter of an hour.
And Town were left with a mountain to climb when Ben Porter struck with a free-kick nine minutes before the break.
But boss Brattan made tactical tweaks and his team were much-improved in the second period.
Spearink, who had been sent on for the injured Connor Clarke late in the first half, began the Town revival on the hour with a fine individual effort.
He struck again 10 minutes later when slamming in from a tight angle and only the referee’s whistle prevented him from completing a hat-trick.
Spearink was then denied by Blackstones goalkeeper Aaron Bellairs before Town clawed their way level in the final minute as Simons finished smartly.
Huntingdon slipped to 11th in the Division One standings, but they are only seven points off third-placed Raunds in a tight section.
They entertain Bourne Town at Jubilee Park on Saturday.