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Hungerford's 13-game run comes to an end

Stoppage time winner as manager laments the penalty that wasn't

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James Clark - booked for diving

Dunstable Town 1 Hungerford Town 0

A 93rd minute goal ended Hungerford’s 13-match unbeaten run and saw them slip out of the Evo Stik League Southern’s play-off spots.

Substitute Dave Keenleyside’s left-footed strike snatched the points, but Hungerford manager Bobby Wilkinson was left cursing Ipswich referee Alan Dale’s Dale’s decision not to award his side a penalty when James Clark appeared to be brought down by Dunstable goalkeeper Paul Bastock, instead booking Clark for diving.

“It was a blatant penalty,” said the manager. “Why would he go down?”

That goal won a tight game that saw the promotion contenders go head-to-head with defences on top. Victor Osubu wasted a couple of chances for the home side,

while Scott Rees twice went close early on for the visitors.

Each side hit the woodwork after the break, Keenleyside finding the angle of par and post and Nat Jarvis seeing his shot come back off the underside of the bar.

But with an entertaining goal-less draw beckoning, Gary Wharton stole possession off Jon Boardman and Adam Watkins slid the ball inside for Keenleyside to find the bottom corner.

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