Thu, 13 Aug 2015
James Clark tries to break through against Poole in midweek
HUNGERFORD TOWN go into Saturday’s home with ‘bogey’ side Dorchester Town on the back of two successive goal-less draws.
Saturday’s trip to Paulton and the Monday night visit of Poole Town saw Hungerford effectively play long periods with 10 men after skipper Mark Draycott was sent off in the former and substitute Stefan Brown was left as little more than a passenger in the second.
Draycott is available for another week before his three-game suspension starts, and manager Bobby Wilkinson’s striking options are further advanced as Kelvin Bossman should return from injury and Nat Jarvis, who dislocated a finger in the first half of Monday’s game, is also able to play.
“They are my ‘bogey’ team,” said Wilkinson of Dorchester, “they beat is twice last season and were the only team to beat us at home.”
Dorchester beat Histon 3-0 on opening day but went down 4-3 at Cirencester in midweek. “I watched them, said Wilkinson, “and they are still a very good side with some good, experienced players.”
Player-boss Mark Jermyun has bolstered his squad with a number of signings, bringing back midfielder Charlie Davis and Neil Martin from Poole while securing the permanent signing of young winger Bradley Tarbuck from Portsmouth and young strikers Mark Irvine from Southampton and Tony Lee from Eastleigh.