Shape up or ship out says Huntingdon Town boss Ricky Marheineke after 5-4 home defeat

RICKY Marheineke has warned his players he will show them the door if they perform like they did in Huntingdon Town’s 5-4 loss at home to Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.

Huntingdon were 4-1 down at half time and the manager said he lost his rag in the changing room and told them he would not be prepared to put up with such complacency again.

“It’s not like me to lose my rag but I must admit it got heated,” he told The Hunts Post.

“With the exception of Ricky Dear, Ben Sawyer and Dan Moyes, we were awful.

“I need the players to show me that they care about Huntingdon Town but they did not do that.

“A performance like that will not be acceptable again and if it happens again I will be showing people the door – I will be looking at my personnel.”

A Victor Torres mistake led to Shepshed’s first goal but Jamie Graham made it 1-1 before the visitors scored three further first half goals.

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But Marheineke’s half-time diatribe did help focus the players in the second half and Huntingdon almost pulled off a miraculous comeback.

First, Ben Seymour-Shove got on the end of an Ollie Medwynter cross for 4-2, and Graham scored their third with Seymour-Shove finding the equaliser with 15 minutes to go. But Shepshed had one goal left in them and it came with just three minutes left.

Marheineke said: “I got the response I wanted but once again we showed our frailties at the back and they scored their winner from a set piece which was disappointing.

“Ninety-nine times out of 100 you are not going to win a game if you give a team a three-goal headstart.

“The players need to understand that the reserves are absolutely flying at the moment and those players are champing at the bit to get into the first team.”

The Huntingdon manager also confirmed the signing of 24-year-old defender Pat Bexfield. The former Norwich City, Cambridge United, Corby Town and King’s Lynn Town right back has joined the club despite interested from teams in higher divisions. Said Marheineke: “He is a great addition to the squad.”

Huntingdon are in action at home again tonight (Wednesday) with Newport Pagnell Town their Jubilee Park visitors.

Huntingdon: Dave Beeny, Victor Torres, Jake Waterworth, Dan Moyes (Stuart Eason), Ben Seymour-Shove, Declan Rogers, Ricky Dear, Ben Sawyer, Jamie Graham, Dan Drane (Niks Savalneiks).