Chippenham Town 4 Hemel Town 1
Hemel Town suffered a 4-1 defeat at Chippenham Town in what turned out to be Colin Payne’s last game in charge of the team.
Hosts Chippenham always looked in control, and stormed past Hemel to leave the Tudors languishing at the foot of the table.
The Bluebirds made a bright start to the game, and Hemel keeper Nick Bussey had to be alert to keep out Dave Gilroy.
It was the Tudors who threatened next as Danny May saw his long range free-kick skim the top of the bar.
But after 25 minutes, the home side took the lead as Alan Griffin pounced from close range to turn in Ross Stearn’s drilled effort.
And just four minutes later, things went from bad to worse for Hemel as Chippenham doubled their advantage.
After a swift counter-attack, Charlie Gorman was outpaced by Stearn who laid the ball into the path of Gilroy to sweep home.
And the game could have been put beyond Hemel’s reach shortly after half-time as Bill Morgan was adjudged to have handled in the area – but Griffin’s spot kick cannoned back off the post.
That lifted Hemel, and they halved the deficit shortly after as Gorman’s cross was turned in by Jamie Arlick.
The Tudors then had a great opportunity to draw level, but Gorman and Liam Malone both went for the same ball and could not hit the target.
That proved to be the turning point of the game, as James Guthrie and Jack Pitcher wrapped up the win for Chippenham.