High-flying Hemel blitz Redditch make it nine on the spin

Hemel Hempstead Town cruised past Redditch. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Hemel Hempstead Town cruised past Redditch. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

It was high fives all round for Hemel Hempstead Town as they thrashed Redditch United 5-0 to stay five points clear at the top of the Calor Southern League Premier Division.

The Tudors have now won nine league games on the spin and Saturday’s performance was another example of why Dean Brennan’s side are considered the clear title favourites.

Hemel were far too good for Redditch and went in front inside two minutes as Lewis Toomey created space for himself and curled the ball into the corner of the net to give his side the lead.

Danny Talbot doubled Hemel’s advantage with a superbly-executed free-kick into the top corner after 25 minutes, and the goal of the game arrived after 35 minutes when a devastating passing move put Dave Pearce through on goal and he fired past Redditch keeper Bradley Catlow to make it 3-0.

Hemel slowed things down in the second half, but they showed their class to wrap the game up with two late goals.

First, David Hutton curled home a free-kick, before substitute Charlie Mpi made it five in injury time when he robbed Calum Flanagan on the left, cut inside and drove home from close range.

The final score was perhaps slightly harsh on Redditch, who did manage a couple of decent chances of their own, but Hemel thoroughly deserved the win and continue to fly high at the top of the league.