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Hungerford suffer tenth home league defeat


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HUNGERFORD TOWN find themselves on the brink of the Zamaretto League Division One South and West relegation zone after suffering their 10th home league defeat of the season.
Mangotsfield United came from behind to win 2-1 at Bulpit Lane against a Hungerford side shored up by the returns of defender Matt Day and striker Phil Corcoran.
Hungerford did enough to merit a point after Jamie Green had set up Tom Fila to fire them ahead after 22 minutes.
But a disastrous own goal from Kevin Halliday four minutes after the break turned the game, and after James Foster had saved a penalty from former Reading striker Michael Meaker, Harley Purnell was quickest to reach and converted the rebound.
Lewis Brownhill hit the bar as Hungerford chased an equaliser, but the result leaves Hungerford looking anxiously towards the bottom two and AFC Hayes' recent recovery.

Thatcham Town are only two places better off than their neighbours after losing again, this time 2-0 at fourth-from-bottom Cinderford Town.
Both goals came after the break with former Hungerford striker Peter Macklin pouncing just before the hour mark after Matt Smith had seen his effort beaten out, and Kane Ingram netted the second 12 minutes from time from another rebound after Paul Strudley had denied Lewis Summers.

Kintbury Rangers maintained their improved form with a 3-1 home win over Didcot Town Reserves in the Hellenic League's Division One East.
Adam Bell's 17th minute goal was all that separated the sides into a frantic final 10 minutes when Paul Powell put Didcot level but Curtis Angell and Nick Lukacs netted in the space of three minutes to secure the points.

But Newbury suffered a setback when going down 2-0 at Eton Wick, Adam Haynes' own goal giving the hosts a first half lead and Hamish Harris netting 10 minutes after the re-start.

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