Jenkins tucks in to a double as Harpenden Town stay top
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Harpenden Town won a tense battle with Bedford at Rothamsted Park 2-1 to stay top of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One and maintain their five-point advantage.
With several senior players unavailable or injured the Harps’s makeshift side struggled for supremacy.
But two Sam Jenkins goals, both headers from Harry Hunt set-pieces, were decisive and manager Danny Plumb said: “The result was more important than the performance.
“We had a few players missing but still got three points. Some games you play poorly but still win.”
Town went ahead after 15 minutes when Jenkins made a perfectly-timed run to head home from a Hunt corner but six minutes later Bedford equalised.
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The winner came on the hour after Charlie Gould was brought down on the edge of the box.
Hunt took the free kick and Jenkins again slotted away the header.
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Harpenden survived a tense final 30 minutes to bring home three points.
The goals took defender Jenkins to six for the season.
Tom Warren, returning from a long term injury, had a solid game at left back cutting off many speculative long balls upfield confidently.
Town now face two crucial matches against top sides in the next few days.
Sixth-placed Kensington Borough visit Rothamsted Park on Saturday at 3pm before third-placed Biggleswade arrive on Tuesday, December 6, for a 7.45pm kick-off.
Chairman Roman Motyczak said: “I hope loads of supporters can turn out to back our team because these two games could really cement our top-of-the-table run.”