Louis Soares - double stunned the leaders
Maidenhead Utd 2 Hungerford Town 2
LOUIS SOARES’ double strike gave Hungerford something to hold on to as they came away from York Road having plundered a point from the Vanarama National League South leaders.
They had to withstand immense pressure, ending the game with 10 men following the late dismissal of Ian Herring as they rose to the task of facng not only a side seven points clear at the top, but in front of a fervent 1,000 plus crowd.
Hungerford caught the home side cold after only three minutes when Rhys Tyler got away to cross and Nat Jarvis got the knock-down for Soares to strike past goalkeeper Carl Pentney.
George Legg had to save from Kieron Forbes and Harry Pritchard, but Hungerford continued threaten on the break throughout the opening 45 minutes and Stefan Brown put a shot straight at the goalkeeper.
But they stunned the leaders by stretching their lead with a second goal five minutes into the second period, Soares lashing home a devastating shot with his left foot that left Pentley helpless.
But Maidenhead upped the pressure and clawed their way back into it on the hour mark when Marks got up to head home, and seven minutes later substitute Jordan Cox was brought down and Dave Tarpey hammered home his 20th goal of the season from the spot.
Tarpey was inches away from adding another before Brown got onto the end of a James Clark cross but put his effort over, and Hungerford were left hanging on when Herring was sent off for his tackle on Cox.
Maidenhead Utd: Pentley; Peters, Upward, Massey, Steer; Pritchard, Inman, Comley, Forbes; Marks, Tarpey. Subs: Wassmer, Cox, Barratt, Hammond, Smith.
Hungerford Town: Legg; Herring, Boardman, Jones, Tyler; Clark, Williams, Harper, Soares; Brown, Jarvis. Subs Goodger, Bignall, Preen, Rees, O’Brien.