In the Calor League Southern Premier Division on Tuesday night, Hemel Hempstead Town went nine points clear at the top….
…..of the table when they completed a 2-0 win over Chippenham Town at the Vauxhall Ground in front of a crowd of just under 500.
It could and should have been a much more comfortable win for the Tudors,who hit the woodwork four times, including a missed penalty from the usually prolific Ben Mackey, who was looking to break the record for an individual scorer in one season.
His chance came midway through the opening period when Jordan Parkes was felled in the box, but his penalty came back off the inside of the post and bounced out of danger.
Two minutes after the break, however, Mackey made up for his penalty miss by volleying home a cross from David King to put Hemel in front.
And the result was put beyond doubt after 77 minutes when Lewis Toomey was bundled over in the area and this time Mackey made no mistake from the spot.
Poole Town revitalised their play-off hopes after a comfortable 4-1 home win against Banbury United.
Richard Gillespie proved to be the Dolphins hero, netting all four goals in the 12th, 35th, 51st from the spot to complete his hat-trick, and 61st minutes – sub Carl Taplin replying with a consolation for the Puritans 4 minutes from time.
Hungerford Town continued their late push up the table with a 2-1 victory at Treyew Road against Truro City.
Shane White gave the Cornish side an early 6th minute lead, but a Grant Fisher own goal just before half-time and then a Stefan Brown winner 12 minutes from time meant a pleasant long midweek trek home for Hungerford.
Biggleswade Town were held to a 1-1 draw at home by third-bottom AFC Totton, whose Zac Mouland gave them a 12th minute lead that Brett Donnelly cancelled out in the 37th minute.
In the battle of the bottom two relegated teams, Bedford Town scored twice in 5 first half minutes through Jamie Nicholls and Kerran Birch to win 2-0 at Bashley and record a second successive win, despite already being doomed.