It’s a perfect ten as Hemel Town stay in pole position

Hemel Hempstead Town made it 10 league wins on the spin with a convincing 3-0 victory over Arlesey to maintain their five-point cushion at the top of the Calor League Southern Premier Division.

Man of the match Ben Mackey bagged a brace for The Tudors and substitute Charlie Mpi added a third to hand Hemel all three points in front of a vociferous 450-strong crowd at Vauxhall Road.

Hemel Hempstead Town FC club crest

Hemel Hempstead Town FC club crest

The win was no more than the Tudors deserved on a night when they could have scored more had it not been for an impressive display from Arlesey keeper Nathan Abbey.

Hemel were on top throughout and peppered Abbey in the early stages with strikes from Mackey, Lewis Toomey, Dave Pearce and David King.

It seemed to be just a matter of time until the Tudors broke the deadlock, and the opening goal of the game duly arrived after 32 minutes when Mackey powered home to the delight of the Tudor faithful.

Toomey forced a super stop from Abbey as the first half came to an end, and it was more of the same in the second period as Hemel continued to dominate proceedings.

Tudors keeper Laurie Walker produced a couple of saves at the other end, but Hemel scored a deserved second goal after 66 minutes when Pearce fed Mackey to fire home from seven yards.

The goal effectively ended the game as a contest, but Hemel continued to press forward and midweek goal machine Mpi added a third with a diving header.

Next up for the high-flying Tudors is an FA Cup third qualifying round clash with Dulwich Hamlet at Vauxhall Road on Saturday, 3pm k/o.