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Defences on top in goal-less stalemate

Nothing separates old rivals in early season deadlock

Malcolm Howe



Defences on top in goal-less stalemate

Mike Jones on the ball for Hungerford against Ppoole

Hungerford Town 0 Poole Town 0

IT was a Monday night deadlock as seemingly perennial promotion rivals Hungerford and Poole reached a goal-less stalemate at Bulpit Lane.

A game of few chances was dominted by two of the Southern League’s most resolute defences with neither goalkeeper really being forced to pull off something out of the ordinary.

Poole used only Richard Gillespie as an out-and-out striker, and he was the biggest threat while Steve Devlin’s set pieces were the main supply linwhile Hungerford started briskly but suffered a blow before the interval when busy striker Nat Jarvis seriously dislocated a finger and had to go to hospital to have it re-set.

The best chance fell to Mark Draycott when he capitalised on a defensive muddle, but Jamie Whisken got is shot off the while Pool edged the second half but could not find a way through the Hungerford ranks.

It leaves both teams with defensive blanks so far this season, but with only one goal between the pair.

Thatcham Town play their first home league game of the season tonight (Tuesday) when Abingdon United are the visitors to Waterside Park in the Hellenic League’s Premier Division.


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