Mike Jones (left) injury worry for league climax
HUNGERFORD TOWN are playing for places and possible home advantage when they complete their 46-match programme in the Evo Stik League Southern’s Premier Division at Leamington on Saturday.
Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Histon secured a certain play-off spot, but the team finishing second to Poole Town is guaranteed two home potential home starts in the final deciding matches, while the third-placed side will start with a home fixture and could earn a home final if the other semi-final is won by the lower team.
Hungerford briefly held that second place this week until Redditch United beat rapidly-collapsed Chippenham Town 6-2 on Wednesday night, and now they, Hungerford, Hitchin Town and Leamington are all vying for the higher positions on the final day, with Weymouth and Kettering Town still hoping that they can pip Leamington to the post.
“Leamington will be under pressure because they have got to win,” said Hungerford manager Bobby Wilkinson, “but so will we, because we do want a home game.
“We are in the play-offs, but that is only stage one. Stage two is to try and secure a home tie and stage three is to win it.
“It’s not going to be easy, but I’ve got a team at the moment so full of confidence its unbelievable. We will have a right go at it.”
Hungerford are hoping that Mike Jones’ injury is not as serious as feared on Tuesday and he is undergoing treatment and will not be risked at Leamington if he is not fully fit, but Irish international winger Alan O’Brien is definitely out for the duration with a hernia.
“He won’t kick a ball again this season,” said Wilkinson. “It’s shame for us and for him, but the lads have come together and want to win it for him as much as themselves.”