The Academy quickly got over their Youth Cup exit by hitting ten past Oxford City on Friday.
The frustration of missing out on an away trip to play Portsmouth at Fratton Park seemed to inspire Hungerford into a fine performance on Friday. They were on the front foot from the first whistle and were unlucky not to take the lead in the opening 2 minutes when Jake Allan fired over from close range. Allan didn't have to wait too long to get on the scoresheet when he was sent clear by Harry Monger and fired across the keeper into the far corner. Monger continued his fine goal scoring form when he curled an effort into the top corner from just inside the box. Allan who was full of confidence added a third when he drove across the box to hit an unstopable effort in off the post. Unfortunately Allan was then targeted and had to be substituted after a nasty tackle from behind and Conor Lynch was introduced. City rarely threatened Freddie Gee in the Hungerford goal and it was the Crusaders who always looked more likely to add to their lead. It was Alex Fragata who did this when he finished at the second attempt after pressing the full-back into a mistake. The goal of the game came from Monger who was picked out by the outstanding Will Edwards with a beautifully weighted pass and he finished with the confidence of a striker in great form.
A five goal cushion at the break meant Hungerford could rest a number of players but this didn't affect their dominance of the game. Monger completed his hat-trick and scored his 14th of the season from the penalty spot after James Tanner was brought down in the box. Further goals were added by Levi Heholt who got a brace, Harry Way and an own goal to complete the rout.
Next up is Havant at home on Wednesday as the crusaders push for another 3 points in the National League.