Tudors sitting pretty as hot streak goes on

Charlie Mpi celebrates one of his three goals against AFC Totton. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly.
Charlie Mpi celebrates one of his three goals against AFC Totton. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly.


Hemel Town are flying high at the top of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division after continuing their 100 per cent start to the season with two wins in the space of three days.

The blistering opening to the campaign is a far cry from last season’s disastrous start, and victories over Bashley and AFC Totton made it four wins from four for Dean Brennan’s impressive Tudors.

First up, Bashley were hit for six in an emphatic away victory on Saturday, before the Tudors thrashed Totton 4-1 at Vauxhall Road on Monday.

Goals from Charlie Mpi, Victor Osubu (2), Dave Pearce and Matt Nolan (2) earned the Tudors their 6-0 win at Bashley, while a hat-trick from Mpi and an Alex Campana strike ensured the Tudors took all three points against Totton.

The Tudors could have been forgiven for making a sluggish start at Bashley on Saturday, having only arrived at the ground 30 minutes prior to kick-off as a result of heavy traffic.

However, they took the lead after just five minutes as Mpi tapped in at the far post.

Osubu fired home into the top corner to double the Hemel advantage after 20 minutes, and Pearce made it 3-0 with 67 minutes on the clock.

Three minutes later it was 4-0 when Osubu slotted home his second, and Nolan helped himself to a brace late on to wrap up the win for the buoyant Tudors.

And there was more joy for Hemel two days later as they saw off Totton to make it four wins on the spin for the first time since March 2009.

Going into the game with nine points in the bag – a total they did not achieve until mid-November last season – the Tudors were confident of continuing their winning run.

However, it was visitors Totton who made the brighter start of the two sides, and they took the lead after 17 minutes as Dave Allen fired home from the edge of the area.

Hemel were looking rattled and it was the visitors who continued to create chances, but just before half-time the Tudors finally had a decent effort on goal through Pearce.

The half time break gave manager Brennan a chance to re-shuffle his side, and the Tudors soon found themselves back on level terms after Mpi seized on an error to level the scores.

Clearly buoyed by the goal, it did not take Hemel long to bag their second of the afternoon as Mpi rose highest to head home from a corner to put his side 2-1 ahead.

From then on there was only going to be one winner, and Pearce fed Campana to make it 3-1 to the Tudors with 65 minutes played.

There was still time for Hemel to add a fourth, and Mpi completed his hat-trick to make sure of the deserved three points.