Hemel Town lit up a miserable night at Vauxhall Road with a 3-0 win over Biggleswade Town to maintain their lead at the top of the Calor League Southern Premier Division.
Swirling wind and driving rain made sure that the match was never going to be a classic, but Dean Brennan’s side were always in control.
Leading scorer Ben Mackey and strike partner Lewis Toomey put the Tudors 2-0 up inside the first 12 minutes, before captain marvel Jordan Parkes made sure of the win with a third goal 15 minutes from time.
Hemel were quickly into their stride despite the awful conditions, and it came as no surprise when hit-man Mackey opened the scoring after just three minutes.
A crisp passing move from the hosts set Mackey free, and the big striker had the time to take two touches before firing the ball past Biggleswade keeper Ian Brown from eight yards out.
Mackey had the chance to double his tally soon afterwards when he blazed over, but it did not take Hemel long to make amends.
Mackey latched on to a pass from Parkes, before laying the ball back for King who crossed for Toomey to drive home for 2-0.
The Tudors continued to press forward but were frustrated by some strange refereeing decisions and a knee injury to Mackey.
Toomey had a goal disallowed and saw an effort come back off the bar, but Parkes secured the win with a sweeping shot from the edge of the box.