Ramsey claim Huntingdon scalp in Senior Cup shock
Hunts Senior Cup --- Huntingdon Town 0-2 Ramsey Town --- RAMSEY Town manager Brett Whalley has set his team the target reaching the Hunts Senior Cup final after they claimed their second higher-league scalp against Huntingdon Town. Second-half goals fro
Hunts Senior Cup ---
Huntingdon Town 0-2 Ramsey Town ---
RAMSEY Town manager Brett Whalley has set his team the target of reaching the Hunts Senior Cup final after they claimed their second higher-league scalp against Huntingdon Town.
Second-half goals from Adam Rothery and Gavin Cooke were enough to dispose of the UCL Division One side at Jubilee Park in conditions that could have forced the abandonment of the match at half time.
Whalley, whose charges beat Eynesbury Rovers in the previous round, said the performance showed that his team could compete at a higher level, and challenged them to repeat the performance against St Neots in the semi-final.
"We played to a level we know we are capable of, but all too often we fall short," said Whalley.
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"This club and these players have aspirations to play at UCL Division One level, and once again they proved that they could meet that challenge. We have no fears for the next round, because although St Neots have quality across the park, we know we will take something from the game, whatever the score."
Both teams had to battle the conditions, with the weather having a hand in Ramsey's opener when Town goalkeeper Dave Beeny came to collect a through-ball, but aquaplaned out of his area and had to release the ball, allowing Rothery to slot home easily. As Town pushed for an equaliser, Ramsey tied the game up with a second on the break.
Al Lenihan said he believed the game should have been called off following a half-time downpour.
"The conditions were completely unplayable in the second half," he said. "The pitch looked more like a lake, and it turned into a lottery. We could have been playing an under-10 side and we'd have had trouble beating them in that weather.
"Eynesbury's game down the road was called off, so I don't know why ours carried on. But Ramsey had to cope with that as well, and good luck to them in the next round."
Lenihan also complained about a decision which saw play called back for a foul to his team just as striker Jamie Graham was about to put Town on level terms.
"I don't understand that decision at all - it cost us a goal and the referee would not offer me a satisfactory explanation after the game. If he'd apologised I could have accepted it, but it's tough to take.
"My complaining will probably cost me a dug-out ban, but I felt it was a bad decision.