Shipp enjoys a labour of glove
UCL Division One Eynesbury Rovers 1 Huntingdon Town 1 EYNESBURY manager Dean Shipp was called into action as his side battled out an Easter Monday draw with rivals Huntingdon. Goalkeeper Danny Workman was forced off through injury seven minutes from the e
UCL Division One
Eynesbury Rovers 1 Huntingdon Town 1
EYNESBURY manager Dean Shipp was called into action as his side battled out an Easter Monday draw with rivals Huntingdon.
Goalkeeper Danny Workman was forced off through injury seven minutes from the end of the game, but Shipp wasn't troubled as he saw out the time remaining.
Huntingdon's goal came from a Matt Cook free-kick. He played the ball out to Lewis Mitchell on the left wing and his cross was headed home by Billy Tumlety, playing his first 90 minutes on return from injury.
Rovers lost Ricky Taylor through injury after just 20 minutes and James Elder took his place.
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Town should have scored in the 31st minute when Alyou Coaney was sent clear with only Danny Workman to beat but he lofted his shot over the goal.
After a first half bereft of chances, Eynesbury came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half. From a Danny Butterwick cross Kirk Kidd headed wide from 18 yards but in the 47th minute the hosts equalised.
Dave Beeney, in the Huntingdon goal, cleared the ball to the halfway line where Stuart Harper headed it forward for Sean Humphrey to pounce and lob the ball beyond the goalkeeper and into the net.
Rovers kept up the pressure as Ian Dawkes shot narrowly wide with a long-range free-kick while in quick succession Humphrey and Kirk Kidd both went close with headers.
Scott Kingsbury set up James Dove but he shot wide while Kingsbury also crossed for Kidd but his header was held at the second attempt by Beeney.
In a rare Huntingdon attack, Danny Workman had to be alert in the Eynesbury goal as he tipped behind an Alan Haine shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Then Kingsbury set up Dove again but this time his shot was blocked by the goalkeeper's feet.
Eynesbury will finish above Huntingdon after Monday's result as Town have just one game remaining - against Bugbrooke on April 21
Huntingdon manager Paul Swannell said his side paid for a lack of clinical finishing in front of goal.
"We just didn't take the chances we created," he said. "It was a game we definitely should have won."
Huntingdon are without a win since Christmas and Swannell admitted he has been frustrated by departures from the club.
"When you lose six quality players to teams in higher leagues who are paying good money it is frustrating, but understandable," he said.
Town drew 1-1 at Olney on Saturday, with Adam Bevilacqua netting from a corner.