Hemel Town smash the Bash to move second

Hemel Hempstead Town climbed to second place in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division with a crucial 4-2 win over Bashley at Vauxhall Road.

The Tudors have been hit by a string of postponements in recent weeks, but Dean Brennan’s side showed no signs of rustiness as they raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time through Dave Pearce, Danny May and Charlie Mpi.

Hemel Hempstead Town FC winger Dave Pearce. Picture (c) Darren Kelly www.hemelfc.com

Hemel Hempstead Town FC winger Dave Pearce. Picture (c) Darren Kelly www.hemelfc.com

Striker Mpi added a fourth after the interval, and despite Bashley pulling two goals back, Hemel held on for the important three points.

The win sees the Tudors go back above Stourbridge in the table and gives them a seven-point cushion in the play-off places ahead of games against Barwell and St Albans City over the Easter weekend.

After an entertaining start to Tuesday night’s game, Hemel went in front against Bashley when Pearce slotted home off the post after 23 minutes.

The lead was doubled three minutes later when full-back May fired home a 30-yard piledriver, and Mpi finished from close range soon afterwards to put the Tudors firmly in control.

Two minutes after the break the game seemed to be over when Mpi added his second from close range after good work from Matt Nolan.

To their credit, Bashley did not let their heads drop and pulled a couple of goals back through Charlie Knight and a Mark Gamble penalty.

The Tudors were not to be denied the win, though, and saw the game out to maintain their promotion push.