Leamington celebrate Courtney Baker-Richardson's last-gasp winner while Hungerford's Paul Strudley and Matt Day look suitably dejected
Hungerford Town 1 Leamington 2
TWO goals in the last 10 minutes marred Hungerford’s home record and denied them third place in the Evo Stik League Southern’s Premier Division promotion race.
First-time visitors Leamington looked dead and buried after Hungerford shook off a first half penalty miss to take a merited lead and look comfortable and seemingly on their way to three more home points.
But Leamington’s final throw saw substitutes Ben George and Rob Ogleby add verve to the visitors’ mix and the previously impervious home defence was split in simplistic fashion with the winner coming in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Hungerford should have gone ahead after 16 minutes when Nat Jarvis was tagged back in the box by Jamie Hood, but Jarvis put his spot kick too close to goalkeeper Tony Breeden, who had a comparatively easy save to make.
Hungerford had an escape when Courtney Baker-Richardson headed against the bar, but Breeden produced a superb to deny Mike Jones and Hungerford went on to dominate the second period, shaking off the loss of injured defender Ian Herring with substitute Alan O’Brien carving open the chance for Stefan Brown to put his side ahead.
The home side poured forward, but the momentum switched in the closing stages and Leamington got back mon terms when Jack Edwards played in Baker-Richardson to score.
Edwards was lucky to stay on the pitch following a scything tackle on Jones, who had to carry on with all three substitutes used, and the visitors snatched victory when Ogleby chased a long ball that looked destined for goalkeeper Paul Strudley’s arms, only for the ball to cannon back for Baker-Richardson to lob back into the empty net.
Hungerford remain in the play-off positions with the teams immedately beneath having played an extra game, but this was one that was allowed to get away.
Hungerford Town: Strudley; Herring (O’Brien), Boardman, Day, John; Tyler, Rusby, Jones, Clark; Jarvis (Draycott), Brown (Goodger), Subs: Preen, Rees.
Leamington: Breeden; Taundry (George), Hood, Mace, Gudger; Moore, Edwards, Magunda, Austin; Mackey (Ogleby), Baker-Richardson. Subs: Fry, Tank, Oulton.
HUNGERFORD Town academy player Chris Passey sustained a broken leg during his side's game with Brentford at Osterley on Monday afternoon, forcing the abandonment of the Football Conference Youth Alliance fixture.