Stourbridge 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 3
Hemel Town made a real statement of intent as they recorded their third away win on the bounce with victory at promotion rivals Stourbridge.
Knowing a win could move them six points clear of their opponents, the Tudors produced an excellent display to bag the vital win and consolidate second place in the table.
And Tudors boss Dean Brennan was understandably pleased by his side’s display.
“I thought we were the better side over the course of the 90 minutes and we were excellent in every department,” he said.
With a third of the season left to play, the Tudors have hit form just at the right time and Brennan insists it is vital that his side maintains their level of performance.
“We have to keep up the momentum that we have built,” he said.
“We are still taking it game by game but it is very hard to go away from home and win three games away at any level.
“I’m really proud of what the lads have done so far.”
Stourbridge had the first chance of the game on Saturday, when Sean Geddes saw his speculative long range effort crash back off the bar, but it was Hemel who opened the scoring in clinical fashion.
A flowing move found Alex Campana and he pulled the ball back to Dave Pearce (pictured), who finished first time with aplomb.
Stourbridge looked rattled at the back, and it did not take Hemel long to add a second goal.
David Hutton saw his shot parried by Glassboys keeper Dean Coleman, and Moussa Diarra was on hand to sweep home his first goal for the club.
The Tudors were bossing proceedings, and they added a third goal after half-time when Campana supplied the ammunition for Charles to fire home.
That looked to have put the game to bed, but hopes of a Stourbridge fightback were stirred in the 81st minute when Drew Canavan made it 3-1.
Ben Billingham then added a second for the hosts to set up a grandstand finish, but Hemel held firm and saw out the remaining minutes to ensure they brought home the well-deserved three points.
> Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly