Shane Gore: key stops in Cambridge clash
Cambridge City 3 Hungerford Town 1
HUNGERFORD were broken on the break as Cambridge City potted their chances at their temporary St Ives home on Saturday.
The visitors could justifiably claim to have enjoyed the greater share of possession and most of the pressure, but the real chances were carved out by the home side and Hungerford had goalkeeper Shane Gore to thank for keeping them in contention.
Hungerford had the best of the early stages but did not test goalkeeper Zak Barrett and City went ahead after 17 minutes when Michael Malcolm’s effort was blocked but fell for Alex Serrano to lash home from just outside the area.
Gore soon denied Serrano a second and also flew to tip over a Danny Kelly effort to make light of the pre-match injury that threatened his participation.
But he was left exposed within 55 seconds of the second half getting under way when Kelly burst away from a Hungerford corner to fire his side further ahead.
Hungerford piled forward but foundered on a defence in which former England C defender Dan Gleeson shone, and City struck again when Malcolm was brought down and Kelly fired home the free kick.
The visitors kept going and Dean Stow’s snap shot reduced the arrears, although Gore had to deny Malcolm as Hungerford’s hopes petered out.
Hungerford are in home action tonight (Monday) against a Chesham United side that now has Kelvin and Allen Bossman in its ranks. The teams drew 2-2 at Chesham last month when Hungerford had goalkeeper Paul Strudley and defender James Rusby sent off.
Hungerford’s academy side are also in action this week when they go to The New Lawn to face Forest Green Rovers for a place in the First Round Proper of the FA Trophy. That game has now been arranged for Tuesday night with a 7.30pm kick-off.