Mark Draycott: pulled one back in the closing stages
Kettering Town 2 Hungerford Town 1
HUNGERFORD’S win-less streak stretched to five matches as they paid the price for failing to take their chances at Kettering’s rented home at Latimer Park.
James Clark had three good chances, one cleared off the line by Dominic Langdon, and Mark Draycott also missed an opening and was also denied by a superb reflex stop from home goalkeeper Jamie McAlindon.
Hungerford had on-loan Chesham goalkeeper Shane Gore deputising for the now-suspended Paul Strudley, and he was beaten inside 12 minutes when Gary Mulligan headed home at the second attempt after his first effort had been cleared off the line.
Hungerford made their spate of chances after that, but Gore had to save a penalty from Dubi Ognona after he had brought down the same player, before the visitors were dealt the hammer blow 13 minutes from time when Carley Baker-Richardson drove home from the edge of the area.
Draycott pulled one back from the penalty spot in stoppage time after substitute Nat Jarvis had ben felled by McAlindon, but there was no time for a final surge.
Hungerford are completing the signing of former Southampton and Burton Albion forward Garyn Preen this week, but they may not come in time for tonight’s (Monday’s) Berks and Bucks Senior Cup tie with Aylesbury at Bulpit Lane, kick-off 7.45pm.
Hungerford also see cup action on Wednesday night when the club’s Academy side entertain Binfield in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup, again with a 7.45pm kick-off.