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Trophy provides a league break

Hungerford face Banbury with hopes of repeating previous run

Malcolm Howe

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Diak John - hopeful return for Trophy tie

HUNGERFORD TOWN have a week off from league action as they tackle Banbury United in the FA Trophy at Bulpit Lane on Saturday.

Hungerford manager Bobby Wilkinson has hopes that is side can put together a run to match that of 2014, when Hungerford reached the last 16 before bowing out to a goal from eventual finalists Gosport Borough.

Visitors Banbury were relegated from the Southern League’s Premier Division last season but are amongst the front-runners in Division One South and West this time out and in midweek enjoyed a league win over FA Cup first round qualifiers Didcot Town.

“Their manager Mike Ford will have them pumped up and well-organised and it won’t be easy,” said Wilkinson.

“But we’re at home and we should be favourites to win at home, but we’ve got to turn up.”

Hungerford will be without injued midfielder Matt Collins and defender Gary Horgan, but Jon Boardman, Alan O’Brien and Diak John are all hoping to train this week.

If a replay is needed, it will be at Banbury on Tuesday night.

 

 

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