Hemel Hempstead Town FC returned to form in emphatic style as they thrashed AFC Totton 8-1 at Vauxhaull Road to close the gap on Calor League Southern Premier Division leaders Chesham United.
Tuesday night’s impressive win made it eight out of eight in the league for the Tudors at home so far this season, and means second-placed Hemel are now just three points off top spot with two games in hand on their title rivals.
The victory was a much needed one for the Tudors, who had gone into the game on the back of three matches without a win.
They always looked in control of the contest against a Totton side who have been on a dismal run of form themselves, and the hosts opened the scoring after 13 minutes when livewire winger Dave Pearce fired home.
Leading scorer Ben Mackey made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after 24 minutes, and the big striker added his second goal just five minutes later.
Lewis Toomey, Danny Talbot and man of the match Jordan Parkes all struck in a devastating eight-minute spell to put the Tudors 6-0 up, before Totton pulled a goal back shortly before half-time.
The second half was a less frenetic affair, but the Tudors wrapped up the win with a well-taken brace from Charlie Mpi to send out a warning sign to table topping Chesham who lost 2-0 at home to Poole Town on the same night.
Next up for Hemel is a trip to third-placed Cambridge City on Saturday afternoon.