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Jones hammer breaks the deadlock

Battling Bideford downed as Hungerord return to play-off spots

Malcolm Howe

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Jones hammer breaks the deadlock

Mike Jones - substitute broke the deadlock

Hungerford Town 2 Bideford 0

TWO goals in the space of as many second half minutes finally accounted for bottom of the table Bideford and hoisted Hungerford back into fourth spot in the Evo Stik League Southern’s Premier Division on Monday night.

Much of the game followed the pattern of Hungerford’s display on Satudray as they had to grind out a result against a visiting side that belied its league status for long periods, harrying and hustling Hungerford out of any rhythm in the opening 45 minutes, and breaking dangerously without carving out a clear goal attempt.

An Ian Sampson cross that landed over Paul Strudley’s head was blocked out by Gary Horgan as he threw himself across Kevin Squire almost on the goal-line, and Ben Wood might have done better had he been sharper when meeting a Squire header.

Stefan Brown had Hungerford’s best opening, but his touch let him down at the vital moment, and it was not until almost 10 minutes after the interval that either side got an effort on target when Jon Boardman back header posed no problems for Bideford goalkeeper Kyle Moore.

But it was not long before Moore was beaten by Mike Jones’ clinically-struck effort from outside the box, only four minutes after coming on as a substitute, and two minutes later Nat Jarvis swivelled to fire home the second.

It was comparatively plain sailing after that as Hungerford ensured that they will go to Kings Lynn on Saturday in the play-off zone.

Midweek action 

THATCHAM TOWN are in Hellenic League action tonight (Tuesday) when they go to Bracknell Town aiming to deny the home side a second chance to tame one of the league’s front-runners after holding reigning champions Flackwell Heath to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Tadley Calleva are away to Christchurch on Wednesday night after wining 4-2 at Andover New Street on Saturday with two goals from Josh Drew and one apiece from Grant Powell and Dan Charsley.

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