Hungerford Town v Slough Town, National South, Bulpit Lane, Hungerford, Saturday 8th April. Kick-Off 15h00
Rebels have already played the Crusaders twice this season. The league encounter at Arbour Park in late September resulted in a 2 - 0 home win for Slough Town, featuring goals from Matty Stevens and James Dobson. Then, in mid-January, Slough Town went to Bulpit Lane for a Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Quarter Final tie, with Rebels running out winners by the odd goal in three, thanks to a brace from Ben Harris. The winning goal coming very late in minute 90+1.
March was a good month for both teams, each going undefeated in the league gaining 11 points from a maximum fifteen. This good form has seen Hungerford Town move out of the relegation zone. They now lie in 18th place with 37 points, two points clear of Gloucester City who currently occupy the final relegation position. Their full league record is:
P 37: Home W6 D4 L8 GF22 GA28 : Away W4 D3 L12 GF19 GA038
Home: D 1 - 1 Wealdstone; L 0 - 6 Chelmsford City; W 1 - 0 Dartford; L 1 - 2 Gloucester City; L 0 - 2 Torquay United; L 1 - 2 Dulwich Hamlet; W 2 - 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough; L 0 - 1 Weston-s-Mare; D 2 - 2 Billericay Town; W 2 - 1 Chippenham Town; D 1 - 1 Oxford City; L 1 - 4 Truro City; W 2 - 1 Concord Rangers; L 0-3 Hemel Hempstead; W 5 - 0 St. Albans City; L 0 - 1 Welling United; D 1 - 1 Woking; W 2 - 0 Eastbourne Borough
Away: L 3 - 2 St. Albans City; D 0 - 0 Hemel Hempstead; L 4 - 0 Concord Rangers; W 2 - 3 Truro City; L 4 - 1 Bath City; L 2 - 0 Slough Town; L 2 - 1 East Thurrock United; L 3 - 0 Woking; L 3 - 1 Eastbourne Borough; L 3 - 1 Welling United; L 2 - 1 Dartford; W 1 - 2 Oxford City; D 0 - 0 Gloucester City; L 1 - 0 Wealdstone; L 4 - 1 Chelmsford City; L 3 - 1 Chippenham Town; D 0 - 0 Weston-s-Mare; W 1 - 2 Billericay Town; W 0 - 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Latest match highlights;
Hampton & Richmond Borough (A): 3m07s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3615144 courtesy HRBFC
Billericay Town (A): 3m16s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3615126 courtesy Match Day Media
Eastbourne Borough (H): 2m45s highlights link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3615122 courtesy Ralston Humble
Crusaders top league goal-scorers are Danilo Orsi-Dadomo (8 goals) and Darren Foxley (6 goals). The average home attendance at Bulpit Lane is 296, largely thanks to a high of 620 (v Torquay United). The lowest gate being 170 (v Concord Rangers).
In the F. A. Cup Hungerford Town reached the 3rd Qualifying Round, losing 1 - 2 (H) against fellow National South rivals Wealdstone. In the previous round they knocked out Wantage Town (level 9) 4 - 1 in a penalty shoot-out after drawing 2 - 2 away in the replay, following a 1 - 1 home draw.
In the F.A. Trophy they succumbed at the first hurdle, 3rd round Qualifying, losing 1 - 0 away to Dorchester Town (level 7).
Prior to this season Rebels last played Hungerford Town in the Southern Premier 2015/16 season. Crusaders winning both matches - 0 -2 in Slough and 1 - 0 in Hungerford. Hungerford going on to win the play-off final against Leamington to gain promotion to National South together with the divisional champions Poole Town.
Bookies Odds: Hungerford Town Win 20/11; Draw 11/4; Slough Town Win 25/19
Prediction: Honours even in this Berkshire derby
Hungerford Town 1 - 1 Slough Town