Hungerford Town Match Preview

City welcome Hungerford Town to Twerton Park on Saturday for the last home fixture of 2021. Supporters will be looking for the recent upturn in fortunes to continue, with fresh memories of the two recent home wins over Welling and Concord and the excellent performance at high flying Havant & Waterlooville in the last outing.

The Crusaders appear to have lost their tag of being one of the League’s whipping boys and have followed up a strong showing in the curtailed 2020/21 season with an impressive start to the current campaign.

Striker Ryan Seager, formerly of Yeovil Town, continues to be a scourge of opposing defences and his 13 goals in 15 starts places him second in the League’s chart behind the prolific Shaun Jeffers of St Albans. Seager was given his professional debut at Southampton by former Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.

Hungerford currently sit in 8th position in the league table with 23 points from their 15 matches. Only Dartford and Havant have a superior away record; the five wins achieved away from Bulpit Lane include victories at Dorking and St Albans and 18 goals have been scored in total.

However there has been a recent dip in form with three defeats in the last four matches, including last Saturday’s 1-0 home reverse against Oxford City.

Hungerford exited the FA at the same stage as City, losing out to Bromley, but victory over Welling in the Trophy sees them preparing for a visit by Weymouth in next Saturday’s 3rd Round.

This will only be the 6th league match held at Twerton between ourselves and The Crusaders, all since 2016. City’s record in that sequence stands at three wins, one draw and one defeat, the latter coming late last December, The Crusaders returning to Berkshire with a 2-0 victory.

The most memorable games from a City angle were played just five months apart in 2018 with the home team smashing in nine goals in two one-sided encounters.

The only other visit to Twerton by The Crusaders was for an FA Cup match way back in 1974 when Alan Skirton and Peter Rogers were amongst the scorers in a comfortable 6-1 victory for City on our way to an agonizing first round defeat at Wimbledon.

Tickets for Saturday’s match can be bought in advance from the Club’s website.