Can Hungerford Town avoid relegation from the National League South?

Matt Smith takes a look at the Crusaders league run-in
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Ian Herring. Photo: Phil Cannings.
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Prediction time, tin hat time.

When the fixtures were released for the 2018/19 season many Hungerford Town supporters would have noticed one fixture stand out in particular, the final game of the season vs East Thurrock at home.

Coincidentally the same team they faced at the end of the 2017/18 season, although away, a game which Hungerford HAD to win to survive and that they did in dramatic fashion.

I’ve had a look at all the fixtures remaining for those clubs in and around Hungerford in the league table. Weston-Super-Mare are all but done, Eastbourne Borough and above have enough points on the board in my opinion. That leaves two relegation places and four teams fighting to stay up.

In recent weeks I’ve seen enough fight, belief, togetherness and quality in Ian Herring’s squad to indicate that they have enough to survive, but only just and that final game at Bulpit Lane is looking huge, quite possibly a similar scenario to 12 months previous. 

For what it’s worth here’s how I see the season panning out from here on in:

Truro City (currently on 35pts)

  • Chelmsford City (h): 1pt
  • Dartford (a): 0pts
  • Concord Rangers (h): 1pt
  • Hemel Hempstead (a): 1pt
  • Gloucester City (h): 3pts
  • Hampton and Richmond (a): 3pts
  • Slough town (a): 0pts

Total – 9pts

Gloucester City (currently on 32pts)

  • St Albans (a): 1pt
  • Welling United (h): 0pts
  • Eastbourne Borough (a): 1pt
  • Billericay Town (h): 0pts
  • Truro City (a): 0pts
  • Chippenham Town (h): 3pts
  • Welling United (a): 0pts

Total – 5pts

Hungerford Town (currently on 31pts)

  • Billericay Town (a): 0pts
  • Hampton & Richmond (a): 1pt
  • Slough Town (h): 3pts
  • Dulwich Hamlet (a): 1pt
  • Bath City (h): 1pt
  • Torquay City (a): 0pts
  • East Thurrock (h): 3pts

Total – 9pts

East Thurrock (currently on 30pts) 

  • Hemel Hempstead (a): 1pt
  • Chippenham Town (h): 3pts
  • Wealdstone (a): 0pts
  • W-S-M (h): 3pts
  • St Albans (a): 1pt
  • Welling United (h): 0pts
  • Hungerford Town (a): 0pts 

Total – 8pts

Final Vanarama National League South table

Truro City – 44pts
Hungerford Town – 40pts
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East Thurrock – 38pts (R)
Gloucester City – 37pts (R)
Weston-super-Mare – (R)

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