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Hemel Go Fifth

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The only game in the Vanarama National League South on Tuesday night saw Hemel Hempstead Town move up to fifth after a 2-0 win against mid-table East Thurrock United at Vauxhall Road.

It was a solid and professional performance from the Tudors, who took the lead after 33 minutes.

Spencer McCall’s header dropped on the edge of the area for skipper Jordan Parkes to acrobatically finish past Lucas Lidakevicius into the bottom corner.

And 9 minutes later, Hemel doubled their advantage when more good work from McCall saw his cross is missed by a defender, leaving Sanchez Watt to pick up the loose ball and tuck the ball into the net at the near post.

The Tudors almost made it 3-0 shortly before the break when David Moyo got on the end of a Kyle Connolly header 10 yards out, but it bounces off the post.

The second half was all about game management for the home side and East Thurrock were mainly kept at arms` length.

But there was a rather bizarre incident 10 minutes from time when the referee pulled out a red card to Sanchez Watt, presumably for dissent.

However, the colour of the card changed to yellow.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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