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Cambridge bogey hits Hungerford

Malcolm Howe

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Cambridge City 2 Hungerford Town 1 HUNGERFORD fell to their fifth successive away defeat as their patched-up side endurd a second miserable trip to Histon FC’s ground to play their Southern League Stik neighbours and tenants. Cambridge themselves were without a win of any kind in 13 matches, but they held on to claim the points, despite being reduced to 10 men following the sending off of defender Claudiu Vilcu. Hungerford were a goal down in nine minutes when Ieuwn Lewis got down the right, and his cross was turned on by Chris Bacon for Andrew Phillips to convert. And the visitors were caught out in similar fashion after 32 minutes when full back Tom Pepper dashed forward to set up Bacon to score. Hungerford had their chances, the best falling to Harry Goodger and Alan O’Brien before the break, and afterwards they had much the better of things and looked odds-on to stage a revival when James Clark hooked the ball home on the hour. And their chances were enhanced when Clark was the victim of an off the ball kicking by Viciu to set up a frantic finish. But City held out, leaving Hungerford with time off to regroup if they are to step back onto the play-off stage.

League Cup delay

HUNGERFORD still have to wait before they will know their opponents in the Red Insure League Cup. The second round starts this week, but Wantage Town have appealed the league’s decision to eject them from the competition after they cried off from their scheduled first round tie at Bulpit Lane and now Hungerford must wait until November 25 before taking on Shortwood United, or Wantage if their appeal succeeds.

Rained off

NEWBURY’S scheduled home Hellenic League game with Holyport on Saturday was washed out while Wessex League Divison One leaders Tadley Calleva’s game at Cowes Sports was abandoned with the islanders leading 2-0 at the time. Newbury are due to be in action on Monday night at Binfield in the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy while Thatcham Town travel to Ascot United in the same competition on Tuesday night.

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