Tue, 29 Sept 2015
James Clark - notched Hungerford's equaliser
Hungerford Town 1 Hitchin Town 1
HUNGERFORD should probably be walking out to The Boomtown Rats as they again suffered the Monday night blues.
Four quick turnarounds from Saturday endeavours have not produced any defeats, but they have netted only one win, and that after handling bottom of the table Bedworth on the Saturday before beating leaders Chippenham.
Otherwise, it has been draw, draw and draw and this week’s lacklustre showing was fortunate to get that as Hitchin looked sharper and far more lively for much of the game.
Hungerford paid an early price when defender Diak John, injured in Saturday’s pre-match warm-up, pulled up after his first run and was out of the action after eight minutes.
Hungerford were already trailing to a deflected goal from Jonny McNamara, the busy little target man firing home Callum Donnelly’s corner inside three minutes.
Hungerford laboured thereafter and were fortunate not to concede again before the break, although they showed more urgency and spark in the spell after the re-start and eventually got back on terms wen James Clark pounced after good work from Rhys Tyler.
But the momentum could not be retained and Matt Day had to be in top form at the back to ensure that Hungerford did not concede again, and what could have been a surge back into the top three means instead being stuck in ninth spot, albeit only three points off the leaders but having played more games than most.