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THE WHITE Tigers battled out a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Hungerford Town on what was a positive day for the club.
The opening exchanges were evenly-matched as both sides looked to get into their stride. Our first effort came from Cody Cooke whose strike was straight at the ‘keeper.
As we started to get a foothold in the game, Aaron Lamont fizzed an effort just wide before Cooke was just off target with another strike.
At the other end our visitors created an opening for Leigh-Gilchrist put his effort hit the side-netting.
After Tyler Harvey was forced out of the action through injury, we continued to press with Rocky Neal added to the forward-line but we were finding our visitors in stubborn mood.
There was a let-off for our visitors when a neat move saw Neal presented with a chance and his flicked effort hit the inside of the post before bouncing into the arms of the grateful ‘keeper.
With five minutes to go until the break, there was another injury concern for The White Tigers when Cooke limped off to be replaced by Niall Thompson.
The opening period ended goalless as we saw more of the ball without finding a breakthrough.
We started the second half in a positive fashion but continued to find our opponents in stubborn mood.
The breakthrough finally arrived on 56 minutes when we won a penalty, the 16th that our visitors have conceded this season, and Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up to convert.
Rather than let their heads drop, Hungerford used the disappointment of going a goal behind to galvanise them and they started to pose a few questions.
It was a nervy closing to the game as we battled to hold on to our single-goal lead until Thompson bagged a crucial second goal with just over ten minutes to go when he broke down the left before cutting inside and firing home.
As the clock ticked down, Thompson went close to grabbing his second of the evening when he effort flashed just wide of the target.
In stoppage time, the visitors managed to pull a goal back through Lynch to reduce the arrears but it was too little, too late as we held on to claim a hard-earned three points.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Harvey (Neal), Cooke (Thompson), Harding (Hartridge). Subs not used: Copp, Keats.
GOAL(S): Riley-Lowe, Thompson