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Oxford trip key for Hungerford in shortened week

Midweek game called off with Sussex side on cup duty

Malcolm Howe

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Oxford trip key for Hungerford in shortened week

Garyn Preen - on loan at Evesham United

HUNGERFORD TOWN’S hopes of a bumper weekend to send them up the National League South table were dented when Monday’s scheduled home game with Whitekawk was called off on Wednesday night.

The Brighton-based side beat Burgess Hill this week in the Sussex County Cup and must now go to Lewes in the next round on Wednesday, the only free date in their calendar ahead of the cup round deadline of January 4, forcing them to put back their visit to Bulpit Lane.

“We were hoping to build some momentum,” said Hungerford manager Bobby Wilkinson, “but there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Two games - and maybe two wins - would have enabled Hungerford to work out their game in hand on rivals and tuck themselves in close to the play-off spots, although their first task would have been to get something out of Saturday’s trip to Oxford City.

City have been emerging from financial worries that afflicted their early campaign, forcing a cutback in budget and the departure of players including Louis Soares to Hungerford.

City had shown improved form recent weeks with three straight wins ending with an FA Trophy home defeat at the hands of lower league South Park and then a 3-0 home defeat at Ebbsfleet’s hands last week.

Hungerford will have a nearly full squad available to them this week, although they have let winger Garyn Preen go out on a month’s loan to Southern League Evesham United while bringing in veteran striker Manny Williams from Hayes and Yeading.

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