The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH -

BOTH sides had to set­tle for a point apiece in this event­ful en­counter at Bul­pit Lane.

The Cru­saders twice led but were pegged back on both oc­ca­sions with three of the four goals scored in con­tro­ver­sial fash­ion.

Hunger­ford took the lead when a mis­take from a de­fender let in HUNGER­FORD TOWN 2 EAST THUR­ROCK UNITED 2 By Mike Hall Ste­fan Brown to square to Ni­cholas Big­nall, who tucked the ball away at the sec­ond at­tempt.

James Rusby then brought a great save from Lukas Li­dake­vi­cius in the East Thur­rock goal as Town pressed be­fore the vis­i­tors lev­elled with a penalty.

Gareth Thomas seemed to make a great tackle on Sam Hig­gins but the ref­eree dis­agreed and Hig­gins got up to beat Lewis Ward.

Hunger­ford re­gained the lead on 49 min­utes when a cross-shot from Ian Her­ring was held by Li­dake­vi­cius only to step back over the goal-line ac­cord­ing to the as­sis­tant ref­eree.

The next con­tro­versy came when Town tried to make a change only for the of­fi­cials to al­low a restart and Max Corn­hill bun­dled the ball home to level for East Thur­rock. STAR MAN: Ste­fan Brown (Hunger­ford Town) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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