Sat, 26 Mar 2016
James Clark - fired Hungerford ahead
Hungerford Town 2 Dunstable Town 3
THREE crazy minutes dented Hungerford’s play-off hopes as Dunstable became the second successive team to chalk up doubles over the promotion-chasers on Saturday.
Leading at the interval through a James Clark goal, Hungerford were sent reeling when Dunstable struck twice in the space of 170 seconds at the start of the second period.
Goalkeeper Paul Strudley brought down Chris Vardy to hand Steve Wales a leveller from the spot, and almost from the re-start, David Longe-King let fly from 35 yards with a shot that cannoned in off the underside of the bar.
Hungerford clawed their way back onto terms only five minutes later when awarded their own penalty after Howard Hall had tripped d Stefan Brown from behind in the box, and Mark Draycott tucked home the kick, and the home side enjoyed the better of things after that without being able to relax against a Dunstable side that always broke with purpose.
And with three minutes of normal time to go, Diak John let the ball get away from him way out, and Wales took one look before unleashing a wind-assisted effort from 48 yards that flew over Strudley’s head and into the empty net.
Hungerford’s rivals had mixed fortunes with Poole and Kings Lynn losing and Leamington and Chippenham drawing, but it still renders Monday’s trip to Slough Town as a must-win match.