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Hungerford Town 3-0 Hampton & Richmond Borough: Ryan Seager scores brace as Crusaders return to winning ways

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Ryan Seager scored twice as Hungerford Town returned to winning ways as they beat Hampton & Richmond 3-0 at Bulpit Lane.

Seager’s first of the afternoon came from the penalty spot as Sol Wanjau-Smith was brought down in the area after seven minutes.

The forward added his second five minutes into the half and Rhys Tyler got on the scoresheet during the comfortable win.

Ryan Seager celebrates after scoring his penalty
Ryan Seager celebrates after scoring his penalty

Danny Robinson made four changes for the home side as Curtis Angell, James Rusby, George Smith and Simo Mbonkwi were all replaced by Max Ram, Louis McGrory, Callum Willmoth and Tyler.

An early chance fell to Hungerford as the ball came to McGrory, but his first-time effort was wide of the post.

Town didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal as they were handed a huge opportunity when Wanjau-Smith was fouled in the box.

It left Seager to step up and fire his penalty to the left and beat Hampton keeper Alan Julian.

Wanjau-Smith was denied a clear opportunity by Hampton defender Imran Uche, who produced a fine last-ditch tackle.

Seager had two quick chances on goal, but Julian stood tall to deny the Hungerford forward on both occasions.

The home side did, however, double their advantage five minutes into the second-half.

A strike from Wanjau-Smith was superbly tipped onto the crossbar by Julian, but the ball bounced out to Seager and he headed into an empty net.

A third goal came just after the hour mark as full-back Tyler produced a ‘Goal of the Month’ contender.

After his first left-footed shot was blocked, his second was a curling effort and it found the top corner from around 30 yards out and left Julian with no chance.

It could have been four as Jake Evans found space from distance and he fired a driving effort towards goal, only to be denied by the Hampton goalkeeper.

Hungerford continued to come forward and add to their tally, while Hampton battled until the very end as the score remained the same.

For the Crusaders, they move back into the play-off spots and will look to build on this result when they travel to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.

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