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Perkins treble scares Hungerford in final

Alton go close to 'giant killing' in extra time battle

Malcolm Howe



Perkins treble scares Hungerford in final

The Basingstoke League's Alan Lipscomb presents the Senior Cup to Hungerford captain for the night Conor Lynch

HUNGERFORD TOWN signed off their campaign with a trophy, but it was beaten minnows Alton Town who earned the applause after narrowly going down 4-3 after extra time in Wednesday night’s Basingstoke Senior Cup final.
The Evo Stik Leaguers were less than a minute away from losing in normal time when substitute Harry Goodger again came up with a vital goal, and two extra time efforts settled the tie played at Whitchurch United.
Even then there was a scare when Alton’s previous 19-year old Luke Perkins hammered in a superb finish to complete his hat-trick before Hungerford held firm to lift the trophy as a consolation prize for a long season.
Hungerford hasd their own youngsters in the ranks after Bobby Wilkinison included several of the club’s 16-year old academy players in his squad, although it was experienced defender Matt Day who nudged them into a first half lead before Perkins capitalised on hesitancy at the back to pounce for the equaliser just before the break.
He completed a scything move by putting Alton ahead midway through the second period, and they held that until stoppage time when Goodger came up trumps to secure extra time and Alan O’Brien and Mark Draycott gave Hungeford a two-goal cushion before Perkins lashed home from 25 yards to add the final highlight of the night.

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