Both Huntingdon Town and St Andrews results and form has been somewhat indifferent all season as going into yesterday's game at Jubilee Park the home side had won eight of twenty-eight league games compared to the visitor's seven in twenty-six. It was 16th v 13th in the Future Lions United Counties League Division One with St Andrews slightly higher in the table as they had drawn eight games to Huntingdon's one.
The Drews are form Aylestone which is a suburb of Leicester and were formed in 1973. The transferred to the United Counties League Premier Division in 2017 after a one season stay in the Midland Football League Premier Division which they were promoted to after winning the East Midlands Counties League in 2016 where they had been members since 2008. They are perhaps best known for their 2013/14 run to the FA Vase Semi-Final- A crowd of 1,600 packed into their Canal Street ground for the second leg after a 0-0 draw in the first leg at West Auckland Town. They went 1-0 up only to eventually narrowly lose 1-2 to the Northern League side. At the end of last season they had been relegated to Division One of the UCL after finishing second bottom to Northampton Sileby Rangers.
The modern day* Huntingdon Town were formed in 1980 as Montagu Football Club and then Sun Football Club before adopting their current name in 1996. They joined the UCL from the Cambridgeshire County League in 2003 which coincided with their move to their current home of Jubilee Park. They won Division One in 2012 and then finished 4th and 2nd in the Premier Division before being relegated back to Division One in 2017 where they finished 12th last season.
* the original Huntingdon Town were formed in the 1800s before merging with Huntingdon Wanderers in 1948 to form Huntingdon United who currently play in the Cabridgeshire County League Kershaw Senior A division - they drew 0-0 with Milton FC yesterday at Sapley Park which is only a stone's throw from Jubilee Park.
On a very blustery day the wind whipped across the pitch which didn't make for the best conditions to play football in it was The Drews who picked up the three points - Trevor Wiltshire's side would of been in a confident mood having won 3-7 at Northampton Sileby Rangers last weekend.
REFEREE LAUREN IMPEY HAD AN IMPRESSIVE GAME - SHE MADE THE RIGHT DECISIONS THROUGHOUT THE NINETY MINUTES.
The visitors took the the led in the first half when (player name to follow) capitalised on a poor clearance to slot the ball home. In the second half it was 0-2 when (player name to follow) latched onto a ball over the top, with the Huntingdon defence appealing for offside, to hit the back of the net with a clam and composed finish. On the balance of play this was deserved as despite not really troubling the keeper the visitors had looked the brighter in the final third of play.
The final few minutes were slightly nervier than they should be for the visitors as Jakub Sulima headed home a cross for Town to make it 1-2. Sulima scored 23 goals for 'Eunice Huntingdon' in the Peterborough and District Football League Division Four.
Huntingdon Town Manager Jimmy Brattan, who left the club in May last year only to re-join in October following the departure of Dan Woodhead, takes his team to Aylestone Park (9th) next weekend looking to get back to winning ways. They play at Saffron Lane which is just under two miles from St Andrews home ground.
St Andrews have two home games coming up on Tuesday to Bugbrooke St Michaels (4th) and Saturday to Raunds Town (19th)
JUBILEE PARK has three stands - two smaller modern seated ones along with 'The Brian Waldock Stand' - The crowd was announced as 31 yesterday.