There’s certainly an element of ‘what might have been’ for Hungerford Town following the cancellation of the 2020/21 Vanarama National League South season that saw the Crusaders flying high under the leadership of Danny Robinson.
And while the club was seventh on 29 points when the season ended, that feeling is tempered by the knowledge that, as chairman Pat Chambers said on the Football in Berkshire podcast, the cancellation of the previous season saved the club.
The curtailed 2019/20 season came with the West Berkshire club rooted to the foot of the table so if any club in the country has a level perspective on what’s happened in pure footballing terms over the last two seasons, it’s Hungerford Town!
That hasn’t stopped Robinson, who moved to the club after a successful spell with Thatcham Town last summer, from planning to pick up where they left off.
Speaking to the Vanarama National League website, Robinson said: “We want to crack on with the season because we had a great year last time – we want to replicate that the best we can.
“The summer has gone really well – we have managed to keep the majority of the players we wanted to keep, so that’s the most pleasing thing.”
The Crusaders boss revealed he’d learned some valuable lessons in 2020/21, his first at step 2: “It’s quite simple – if you don’t play well, you get beat. You can get beat quite badly sometimes!”
Hungerford are a part-time side mixing it with a number of full-time, or almost full-time sides and Robinson knows his team punched above their weight last season: “By rights, the part-time teams shouldn’t get anywhere near them truthfully – so we have to train as much as we can.
“Hopefully one day Hungerford can aspire to be one of those full-time clubs in the future but at the minute it’s all about working hard during the time we’ve got.”
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