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Poppies wilted by Hungerford battlers

Ten-man Hungerford rally to keep promotion hopes on course

Malcolm Howe

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James Rusby - his throw led to penalty winner

Hungerford Town 2 Kettering Town 1

HUNGERFORD battled through 46 minutes with 10 men to maintain their home pride and bolster their promotion hopes on a day when some key rivals lost ground.

It might have been an outcome expected for Hungerford when they had defender Gary Horgan sent off four minutes into the second half when he took a frustrated kick at Poppies’ Wilson Carvalho and was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Mellor.

Hungerford were leading through Nat Jarvis’ 35th minute goal and they held that advantage for 13 more minutes until Liam Canavan headed an equaliser and it looked as if the visitors could go on to claim the points.

But Hungerford boss Bobby Wilkinson re-shuffled his pack and pushed up JamesClark as a second striker, bringing on Garyn Preen in support, and the positive response paid off in the 70th minute when defender Brett Solkhon needlessly handled James Rusby’s long throw and Stefan Brown scored from the penalty spot.

Hungerford had to withstand a lot of pressure that saw Canavan miss another heading chance, although Preen battled 60 yard only to see his angled finish cleared off the line by Chris Carruthers.

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