It was a disappointing few days for Hungerford Town in the National League South as they lost 2-0 in successive games to Hemel Hempstead and Oxford City.
Things began badly for the Crusaders before Saturday’s home match against Hemel had even kicked off, as skipper Matt Day was injured during the warm-up and was forced to sit out the game.
Once the match did start Hungerford had a few early chances, one of the most notable being Louie Soares’ cross flying over the bar.
However Hemel’s defence was standing firm and were testing Hungerford keeper Lewis Ward at the other end, but the two sides were goalless at half-time.
The first goal came on the hour mark as Jordan Parkes picked up a cleared ball and beat Ward from close range, and it only took another five minutes for Charlie Sheringham to get his side’s second after heading in a free kick.
And despite forcing two great saves from Hemel’s keeper Laurie Walker in the closing stages, Hungerford couldn’t prevent their first league defeat of the season.
Things didn’t get much better for the Crusaders in their trip to Oxford yesterday evening.
Hungerford started well but were unable to convert any of their early chances, and Oxford eventually took the lead shortly after half-time through Zac McEachran’s finish from the edge of the area.
Matt Paterson grabbed the second after collecting Ezra Forde’s blocked shot and firing the ball home.
Hungerford have slipped to 16th in the table as a result, and travel to Welling United for their next game on Saturday.