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Danny Robinson vows that Hungerford Town will bounce back after 'hardest week' in terms of recent results

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Danny Robinson has admitted that it’s been the ‘hardest week’ he has had at Hungerford Town in terms of results they have had.

The Crusaders suffered a second successive National League South defeat on Saturday as they lost 5-2 away to Eastbourne Borough.

Ryan Seager and Max Ram scored first-half goals to give them a 2-1 lead at the break after Joel Rollinson fired Borough ahead.

Hungerford Town will be keen on getting to winning ways this weekend
Hungerford Town will be keen on getting to winning ways this weekend

But Greg Luer equalised on the hour mark and Luke Cairney was sent off with 15 minutes remaining, resulting in defender Matt Jones having to go in goal.

A brace from Charley Kendall and one from Charlie Walker handed Eastbourne the win.

When asked about the game, Robinson said: “I can’t argue about the decision [red card], but for the first time in a while lady luck has not been with us.

“Matt Jones had to go in goal and he stood up admirably and he said he would do it for the team and I can’t moan about that.

“As soon as they got their third, we tried to get back into it, but it left us exposed and it’s been a tricky week.

“It has probably been the hardest week, results wise, that I have had since I came to Hungerford, but I am still happy with how we have been playing.”

Hungerford were unable to progress in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 away to Chesham United.

Robinson has utilised his squad in recent weeks, but his side fell to a third successive defeat in all competitions.

“As we have three games in quick succession, the whole squad has been used as we had to give opportunities to others.

“When you have lost a couple of games, you try and open the door to a couple of players to see if they can take the shirt.

“It’s just been a bad week,” Robinson admitted. “If I was to take one bad week out of two years at Hungerford, I would take that all day long.”

Despite the recent form, the Hungerford boss has challenged his players to make amends against Chelmsford City on Saturday.

“I have always said how much character and belief we have in the squad.

“We don’t have masses of players at our disposal and we don’t have a massive budget to go out and spend.

“All the hard work is done in the summer to recruit players and we generally stick with the players we get in the summer.

“We are in the top 10 in the National league South.

“We have gone from bottom of the league to top 10 and it shows we are moving in the right way.

“The players we have are honest, they are going to make mistakes as they are human beings and I know their character will shine through because it’s time to put things right.”

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