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One point closer - now play-off date can be secured without playing

Substitute's last-gasp goal keeps Hungerford promotion push on track

Malcolm Howe



09-1912F Hungerford FC

Cirencester Town 1 Hungerford Town 1
ISAAC Osei-Tutu was the unlikely hero after his last-minute equaliser means that Hungerford could be assured of a play-off spot on Tuesday night.
Weymouth face Poole Town and anything other than a win for the home side would mean that Hungerford are assured of a top five place before they wrap up the 44-game league campaign at home to Paulton Rovers on Saturday.
Regardless of Tuesday’s outcome, a win on Saturday would do it anyway after Osei-Tutu came off the bench to mark his 21st birthday this week with a vital goa after Hungerford had spent the second half pummelling the home side, even missing a penalty chance through top scorer Mark Draycott.
They were trailing to a goal midway through the first half, made and taken by two Hungerford old boys when Josh parsons’ corner was flicked home at the near post by Ian Herring.
Hungerford went on to dominate the second period but could find no way past former Welsh international goalkeeper Glyn Garner, although that looked to be on the verge of happening after 89 minutes when Herring pulled down Charlie Mpi in the box.
Herring was booked and Cirencester also had Jacob Davidge sent off for dissent before Garner scooped up Draycott’s penalty and grabbed the loose ball.
But there was still time for one final attack when the ball flew around the box before Osei-Tutu got the vital touch to keep Hungerford in fourth spot with the outcome in their own hands.

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