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Jack Hughes: Chalford’s answer to Manchester City’s Erling Haaland

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Manchester City goal machine Erling Haaland has been breaking records for fun this season, but Gloucestershire Northern Senior League title-chasers Chalford boast their own ace marksman in 42-goal striker Jack Hughes.

His latest goal came in the 2-0 victory at rivals Dursley Town, pouncing in the dying embers of the match after Natty Buckland had given Chalford the lead in the first-half with a header from Jamie Lock’s corner.

 Hughes has now found the back of the net in each of his last nine appearances.  

Chalford boss Ben Powell was delighted to see his side come away with the points: “It was a pleasing win for us.

Powell said: “We settled into the game really well and created the better changes in the earlier exchanges with Keylock, Buckland and Hughes all coming close but couldn’t make the breakthrough.

“We said at half-time that Dursley would come out quick and they did exactly that, the dominated they early exchanges of the second-half without really testing Billy Thomas in goal.

“For us it was an important win at a place we’ve always found tough to visit.

“I thought our back four were superb on the night and set the base for us to get a victory.”

Meanwhile, Dursley boss Karl Nash felt Chalford deserved the victory: “Arguably the better team won on the night. It was a fairly contested match I thought, they started the brighter, caused us early issues, created some half chances, but nothing my lads couldn’t deal with, but we had a glorious chance on the stroke of the half-time with a header from Jack Bartman.

“My boys was a credit though in front of another good crowd and didn’t give up.”

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