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Rivals chase cash for different reasons in Trophy tie

First round place at stake when Borough come to Hungerford

Malcolm Howe



Rivals chase cash for different reasons in Trophy tie

Hungerford celebrate Ian Herring's goal that gave them a 3-3 draw with Gosport in their league meeting

HUNGERFORD TOWN bid for a place in the First Round Proper of the FA Trophy when they take on fellow Vanarama National League South Gosport Borough at Bulpit Lane on Saturday.

The teams last met in the competition in the 2013-14 campaign, when a Jamie Brown goal gave Borough victory at Hungerford to take his side into the quarter-finals in a season when they went on to lost 4-0 to Cambridge United in the final at Wembley.

Now Gosport return with the two teams close together in the Vanarama League and Hungerford hoping to add some money to the kitty for their essential ground works, while Borough need the cash for more pressing reasons, having last week won through an attempted winding-up order from the taxman.

Hungerford have won their past two home league games since their 5-0 beating at St Albans, while Gosport sustained a 5-2 home blow at the hands of lowly Concord Rangers last week. But they drew 3-3 at Hungerford earlier in the season after leading for long spells and have a potentially potent attacking force with Chris Flood and Warren Bentley in their ranks.

Despite Borough’s money concerns, Hungerford manager Bobby Wilkinson is not concerned by any internal issues. “I take no notice of that,” he said. “They are still a good side with a good manager and good players and when they came here in the league, they played us off the park in the first 45 minutes.”

Hungerford have Scott Rees back from suspension and defender Jon Boardman close to a return as they chase the £4,000 winners’ purse and a place in Monday’s draw.

What are the odds?

HUNGERFORD have the rare accolade of being rated as favourites for Saturday’s tie with bet365 pricing them at 7/10 to win through.

Borough are at 11/4 to win and a draw is around 3/1 while a 1-0 win to either side is priced at 7/1 and 11/1 respectively. A goal-less draw is 11/1.

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