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Important Three Points For Crusaders

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Monday night saw an important game in the Vanarama National League South at Bulpit Lane with significance at either end of the table as Hungerford Town took on St Albans City.

The Crusaders started the evening just three points above the drop zone, while the Saints travelled occupying a play-off place, but embroiled in a really tight battle for a top seven spot.

The visitors, who were beaten at home by fellow contenders Truro City, got off to a good start when they took an early 6th minute from the penalty spot converted by David Noble after a handball decision.

Hungerford though took only 9 minutes to pull back on level terms in rather fortunate circumstances when a cross from Louis Soares sailed over the head of Saints` keeper Dean Snedker and into the net.

The remainder of the first half was fairly end-to-end and even.

But 11 minutes into the second period, the Crusaders went in front when Soares got hold of the ball 30 yards from goal and burst through and fire past Snedker.

Then on the hour-mark, Hungerford made it 3-1 and virtually game over when they were awarded a spot-kick for a foul by Snedker on Nick Bignall and Soares completed his hat-trick from the resulting spot-kick.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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