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8 Straight Wins for Town

Harpenden Town scored six to trounce Chesham United Reserves at home on Saturday and moved to second in their league.

That’s their astonishing eighth straight win in the Spartan South Midlands League Div. 1.

They will go top on Tuesday night if they extend their winning streak and beat Winslow United at home in Rothamsted Park.

Harpenden went ahead after just seven minutes when Sam James was fouled just outside their opponents box. Charlie Humberstone headed the free kick to the feet of James who placed his shot into the corner for 1-0.

Disaster struck straight from the restart when Chesham’s Callum Woodcock’s long range shot took a cruel deflection into the net for them to draw level.

Four minutes later Humberstone, having a great start, picked up a pass on the right and placed the ball into the corner for 2-1. It was Charlie’s debut goal for the first team and he is one of several players making an impact from Stephen Hartnup’s development squad.

On 32 minutes Harry Hunt scored a penalty after a Chesham hand ball for his tenth goal of the season.  Then on 40 minutes Ben Warren controlled a cross with one touch and blasted the ball into corner of the net for 4-1 at half-time.

Hunt exposed the Chesham defence, now down to ten men after two yellow’s for their No9, running in from the left corner flag and hitting the post trying to curl the ball into the net from the by-line.

Then two minutes later Hunt’s short corner came straight to the feet of Matt Sutton who fired past the keeper for 5-1.

Harps lost concentration late on and Chesham picked up a wayward back pass to Town’s keeper who parried a shot for Charlie Brooks to slot away the rebound.

The match was rounded off at 90 + 4 when Jimmy Warner picked up a long ball from the defence and cooly rounded the keeper to finish the game with a 6-2 Harpenden win.

Manager Danny Plumb in a realistic frame of mind said:” It was a great win to extend our streak but I am disappointed to give away two silly goals.

“We now have a good strong squad and it is lovely to see new players like Jim Baker and Charlie Humberstone, who scored his first for us, doing really well.

“We have a tough match against Winslow coming up on Tuesday night.”

Harpenden play Winslow with both teams with eight wins so far in Rothamsted Park at 7.45pm on Tuesday.