NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Manager Jimmy Brattan issues apology after another Huntingdon Town disappointment

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan.

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan issued a public apology in the wake of another disappointing defeat.

Town allowed a lead to slip when they were beaten 2-1 by Burton Park Wanderers at Jubilee Park last Saturday.

It was a sixth loss in their last seven United Counties League Division One games – a slump which has all but ended hopes of hitting their top-seven target for the season. They’ve picked up just one point from a possible 21 in that time.

They hit the front midway through the first half when Connor Clarke expertly finished a fine Richard Baines cross, but the advantage was wiped out early in the second period.

The decisive Burton goal then followed with 20 minutes to go. Craig Hill fluffed Town’s best chance to haul themselves level.

Brattan said: “I’m very disappointed with the performance on Saturday. Collectively – from myself on the sideline and the lads on the pitch – it was not good enough.

“We conceded two very sloppy goals, we lacked any sort of buzz and we were second to react to almost everything.

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“The lads were just as disappointed as me. They know they didn’t hit the standards I expect of them or that they expect of themselves.

“But I take full responsibility for the run of poor results. We had a decent crowd in on Saturday and I can only apologise to those people and the chairman for failing to deliver.”

Town are now preparing for life on the road with only one of their remaining seven Division One games being at home. That clash – against Melton Town – is not until the final day of the season on April 28.

They must negotiate six successive away tests before then, three of which fall in the next few days.

Brattan takes his side to third-bottom Bugbrooke tomorrow night (Wednesday) ahead of visits to promotion-chasing sides Lutterworth Athletic (Saturday) and Potton (Easter Monday).

Brattan added: “We’ve got a very tough run ahead of us for the remainder of the season.

“The sort of difficult run that we’ve had always plays on the mind, but we have to ensure we look forward and approach the upcoming games with a lot more hunger and bite if we want to get anything out of them.”

Huntingdon are looking to recruit a manager and a coach to take charge of their new reserve side next season. Anyone interested should email