Mackey on target again as Tudors move nine points clear at the top

Ben Mackey opened the scoring for Hemel Town. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Ben Mackey opened the scoring for Hemel Town. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Hemel Town striker Ben Mackey equalled the club record for most goals in a season as the Tudors edged a 4-3 thriller against Stourbridge to move nine points clear at the top of the Calor League Southern Premier Division.

The Tudors took the lead at 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1, but were pegged back on each occasion, and it wasn’t until Lewis Toomey struck 13 minutes from time that Hemel had finally netted what proved to be the winning goal.

Mackey opened the scoring after just two minutes to bag his 41st goal of the season and match Anthony Thomas’ record tally, and the prolific marksman saw two further efforts come back off the woodwork.

But Stourbridge fought back and levelled through Luke Benbow’s low angled shot, following a neat interchange with Kayleden Brown after 38 minutes.

Hemel rallied again, though, and took a 2-1 lead in at the break as Ollie Thorne headed home after the ball had pinged around the box from a corner.

The Glassboys were back on level terms 10 minutes after half-time when Ben Billingham’s free-quick crept under Tudors keeper Laurie Walker, but Hemel regained the lead through Toomey.

Billingham struck again just four minutes later to make it 3-3 with a low cross that found the net, but Hemel had the final word when Toomey burst through to fire high past Dean Coleman after 77 minutes.