NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Huntingdon Town ‘robbed’ after being on the receiving end of a sucker punch in stoppage time

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town manager Jimmy Brattan believes his side were robbed of a United Counties League Division One point last Saturday.

Town suffered last-gasp heartbreak when being pipped 4-3 by Harrowby United at Jubilee Park after twice coming from behind in a thriller.

The decisive goal arrived in what Brattan claims was the 11th minute of additional time at the end of the second half.

“We were absolutely robbed,” said Brattan. “We were thinking we had done brilliantly to get ourselves a well-deserved point and then it was taken away.

“The referee said there was going to be eight minutes of stoppage time which was fair due to the number of injuries that happened in the second half.

“But he played 11 minutes and as soon as Harrowby scored he blew the final whistle. I have no idea where the extra three minutes has come from and it left us feeling deflated.”

Huntingdon trailed 2-1 at the break after Marcin Dobrzanski’s first goal for the club had them on level terms at one point.

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A further Harrowby extended their lead early in the second period before Dobrzanski struck again to keep Town in contention.

And they clawed their way level when substitute Attila Balazsi netted his first goal for the club in the 85th minute.

That looked like earning a share of the spoils, but Brattan’s men were hit by a sucker punch in the dying seconds.

He added: “Harrowby came with three big units up top and looked to go long at every opportunity whereas we got the ball down and tried to play.

“Even at 3-1 down we felt we could get something from the game as we were the better side, but to lose out in the way we did really hurt us.

“Harrowby’s reaction to the winning goal was like they had won a cup final. They knew they had got away with one.”

The festive period looks like being crucial for second-bottom Town as they face the three other sides in the bottom four.

A trip to Thrapston this Saturday, 3pm, starts that spell and it’s a game Brattan described as a ‘six-pointer’.

“If we play like we have done in the last two weeks we’ll be okay,” he continued. “It’s an important run of games against sides around us and it’s vital we pick up wins.”