Nat Jarvis - second goal for Hungerford
Hungerford Town 2 Kings Lynn Town 1
HUNGERFORD made it seven games without defeat as they held off kings Lynn's surge towards the play-off spots to edge into fourth place in the Evo Stik League Southern's Premier Division.
The home sides discipline at both ends - and in the middle - of the pitch was a key factor as the visiting Linnets looked like losing their the composure as well as the points.
Although they started briskly, bodies did not get into the box when it mattered and Hungerford showed them how it was done after 16 minutes when Matt Day’s free kick was headed back across goal by Jon Boardman for Stefan Brown to get the decisive touch.
Hungerford had a let-off when David Bridges claimed an awkward bounce and hit a left-footed half-volley that seemed to catch Paul Strudley unawares as the ball sent the metal post ringing, but Hungerford soon stretched their lead when James Clark crossed for Nat Jarvis to head home the second goal.
Jarvis missed a free header and a goal-bound free kick from distance by Clark was tipped onto the post by Alex Street as Hungerford could have been four-up. And Kings Lynn could soon have been one man down when David bridged fle win two-footed at Jon Boardman and was lucky to escape with a yellow card.
That was shown by assistant referee Paula Wyatt, who had to replace match referee Alex Fisher when he tweaked a hamstring just before the interval, and the young official was given a torrid time by Linnets players and manager Gary Setchell, while local referee Charlie Bullock stood on with the flag until Mr Fisher was treated to enable him to take over on the line for the second period.
That saw Linnets huff and puff with few signs of breaching the Hungerford rearguard until six minutes form time when Hurst got the ball back from a free kick and his return ball was rammed home by Lee Stevenson, after which Hungerford were happy to keep what they had.
Hungerford Town: Strudley; Horgan, Boardman, Day, John; Clark, Rusby, Rees, Tyler; Jarvis (Draycott 75), Brown. Subs not used: Goodger, Stow, Jones, Harrison (gk).
Kings Lynn Town: Street; R. Fryatt, Castellan (Edge 81), Gaughran, Yung; Smith, Clunan (Hilliard 55), Hurst, Bridges (Friend 75); Zielonka, Stevenson. Sub not used: L. Fryatt.