Tudors back to winning ways thanks to hat-trick from goal machine Mackey

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Hemel Hempstead put their recent hiccups in league form behind them as they returned to winning ways on the road at AFC Totton on Saturday.

Goal machine Ben Mackey put the Stags to the sword with a perfect hat trick in the 4-1 win.

League strugglers Totton were always up against it but held out for most of the first half.

Then on 38 minutes Mackey claimed the first of his three goals, slipping past Nathan Hurst to rifle in the opener.

He then notched up two more in four minutes after half time, with a simple headed tap-in and a composed right foot strike.

Dave Pearce put the visitors four up with another slotted finish before Luke Roberts scored with a wind- assisted cross that had a big slice of luck about it to give Totton a consolation goal two minutes from time.

After a brace of away defeats to lowly Frome Town and play off contenders Bideford in recent weeks, the Tudors came out of the blocks determined to rediscover the rich vein of form that has put them well clear at the top of the Calor League Premier table.

Plucky Totton never threw in the towel even though they had to contend with gale force winds and sideways rain as well as the superior Hemel side.

Hemel will probably face a tougher test on Saturday when they welcome third-placed Cambridge City to Vauxhall Road, as they eye a 100-up goals scored target after already hitting 90 in the league this term.