Away league match played on 07 March 2010.
Kicked off at 10:30 AM



NORTHAMPTONSHIRE remained an unhappy hunting ground for the Rabbits as a threadbare Frolesworth side were stuffed at the hands of in-form Welford.


United went in search of their second successive away win, but managerial duo Ben Harris and Jordan Halford were left at their wits end with the inexplicable absence of several first team players.


Captain Craig Rowbottom, Steven Bottom, Josh Peel, Mark James and Joe Cook were all absent from the side without due notice, forcing United to compete with a bare minimum of 11 players.


Joe Wilson returned to the side to partner Jack Boulton in the centre of defence, whilst Luke Evans was forced to be thrown into the anchor role in a five-man midfield consisting of Greg Garner and Miles Splevings either side of Jake Pantony and Martin Finnigan.


Luke Hammond was employed as the lone-striker and he nearly gave the visitors the lead inside five minutes. The industrious striker caught Tom James napping in possession, but he could only look on in despair after his thunderous left-footed drive came crashing back off the crossbar.


Hammond raced through again moments later only to be denied this time by the hosts’ keeper, before United fell behind against the run of play midway through the first half.


Evans was guilty of conceding possession deep inside his own half and he was punished by Dan Heavisides, who sent a ferocious 30-yard effort rasping past the helpless Matt Errington.


United responded once again through Hammond, who thought he had hauled Frolesworth onto level terms, but when he had finally put the ball in the net it was ruled out by a raised offside flag on the far side to the fury of the away bench.


And typically, Frolesworth were to concede a second themselves shortly before the break. Matt Pell could only head a dangerous long-throw out for a corner and from the ensuing set-piece, Graham Maloy ghosted in un-noticed to dispatch a free header from close range and spark an inquest amongst the Clarets’ defence.


United reverted back to 4-4-2 at the break, with Splevings joining Hammond up top but the Rabbits were dead and buried immediately from kick off. Jack Rudman and Evans were beaten all ends up on the near touchline and James was the grateful recipient after an injured Errington failed to gather a routine cross.


An exhausted Frolesworth then capitulated in an alarmingly similar fashion to last season with Kean Folley, Andy Smith and Kev Fisher all getting their name on the score sheet and Victoria were denied twice further by the upright.


The visitors did, however, have a brief glimmer of hope when Pantony, quiet by his own admission, dribbled around the whole Victoria team at a canter from the kick off, before witnessing his effort being scrambled away tantalisingly off the line.


The impressive Finnigan and Rudman both went close in the dying seconds, but ultimately, United had given their utmost and it wasn’t to be their day.


With the resignation of club secretary Donna Brown imminent, the club’s fortunes off the pitch are in similar disarray to those on it and with rumours of managerial duo Harris and Halford being close to following her out of the door at the Warren if results don’t improve, there could be turbulent times ahead for the Rabbits.


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