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'Lucky' Hungerford happy to get through

First half penalty seals £4,500 purse and a place in Monday's draw

Malcolm Howe

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Stefan Brown - first half penalty won it

Basingstoke Town 0 Hungerford Town 1

HUNGERFORD spluttered into Monday’s FA Cup Third Qualifying Round draw when Stefan Brown’s first half penalty proved to be enough to see off Southern League Basingstoke.

But Hungerford boss Bobby Wilkinson and admitted that his side was “very, very lucky” to get through.

“But it’s about we got some luck in the Cup,” he added, “and I’m not bothered now how we did it, just that we did get through.”

Hungerford looked like taking control as they dominated the early proceedings with goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk and defender Joe Gater denying Nat Jarvis and James Clark before the home side began to carve out chances.

And they carved out a lot! Diak John cleared off the line from Charlie Kennedy, who continued to threaten before Hungerford scored the decisive goal on the half-hour when Marcus Johnson-Schuster brushed Jarvis in the air and referee Paul Forrester awarded the penalty from which Brown scored.

Basingstoke lined up the chances for Robert Atkinson, Ashley Jarvis and fellow substitute George Hallahan in particular, but all went to waste as Hungerford squeezed through.

Basingstoke Town: Tokarczyk; Johnson-Schuster, Gater, Ray, R. Atkinson; Kennedy, Collier, Bennett (Deadfield 77); Rose (Hallahan 69), Whittingham (A. Jarvis 63), Artwell. Subs: , Greene, M. Atkinson.

Hungerford Town: Legg; Rusby, Day. Jones, John; Clark, Rees, Shorey (McGrory 58); N. Jarvis (Goodger 58), Brown, Bignall (Preen 58). Subs: Strudley, Tyler, Boardman.

Hungerford are back in cup action on Tuesday night when they go to Didcot Town in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup. 

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