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Hungerford expect hot 3G reception

From the bottom on plastic to top at home over busy weekend

Malcolm Howe

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Hungerford expect hot 3G reception

Nat Jarvis (on ground) puts Hungerford ahead against Biggleswade last week

HUNGERFORD TOWN go from bottom to top as they bid to build on last week’s opening win over Biggleswade Town in the Evo Stik League Southern Premier Division.

They first make the trip to newly promoted and currently bottom of the table Bedworth United on Saturday before present leaders Chippenham Town hop down the A4 on Monday afternoon.

Bedworth have only one point to their name, but Hungerfofrd boss Bobby Wilkinson discounts that record, based on personal experience.

“People are saying they have lost their first four or five games, but so did we when we came into this league,” he said.

“They are a newly promoted side and it has got to start for them somewhere.”

Hungerford will find themselves playing on a 3G artificial surface for the first time since going down 4-0 at Merthyr Town nearly three years ago - the season when they beat Merthyr in the play-off final to win promotion to the Premier Division for the first time.

Hungerford are training this week on a similar surface at Newbury’s Park House Sports College to prepare for the test.

And Wilkinson expects another test on Monday with the visit of an unbeaten Chippenham side that has a 12-2 goals record this campaign.

“They are the best team in the League at the moment because they are top of the league,” said Wilkinson,. “They usually come to us aiming to spoil our party, now it’s up to us to spoil theirs.”

Hungerford are without striker and skipper Mark Draycott through suspension but are otherwise at full strength for the Bedworth trip.

 

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