Tudors stay top with their third 3-0 win in just seven days

Hemel Hempstead Town FC striker Ben Mackey. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Hemel Hempstead Town FC striker Ben Mackey. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
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Hemel Town showed no signs of relinquishing their place at the top of the Calor League Southern Premier Division after cruising to a 3-0 victory over Chippenham Town at Hardenhuish Park.

Hemel went into the game on the back of 3-0 wins against Truro City and Bedford Town, and they completed the hat-trick with another three-goal win courtesy of efforts from Ben Mackey, Jordan Parkes and substitute Lewis Toomey.

It was a confident display from Dean Brennan’s side, and the Hemel manager said he was pleased by the manner of the victory.

“I was impressed by our control of the game,” he said. “Our individual decisions in the game were really good and I wouldn’t have been surprised if we had scored 10.

“The players followed the gameplan and stuck to their instructions. It was up to us to get the three points.”

Hemel started the game brightly in difficult playing conditions, and they took the lead shortly before half-time when leading scorer Mackey chipped the ball into the corner of the net.

Chippenham responded well at the start of the second period but it was the Tudors who took advantage of some slack defending to double their lead after 53 minutes when man of the match Parkes slotted in from close range.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men when captain Alan Griffin received a second yellow card for a foul on Dave King, and Hemel wrapped up the win after 79 minutes when Mackey set up Toomey for the third goal.

Hemel now face a busy spell of six games in 19 days over the festive period, and Brennan is confident his side can cope with the schedule.

“I look at the bench and we’ve got so many options,” he said. “We didn’t have that in the middle of November so we brought in the players we needed.”