Eight straight league wins for rampant Harpenden Town

PUBLISHED: 06:25 01 November 2016

Charley Humberstone scores Harpenden's second goal against Chesham United Reserves. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Charley Humberstone scores Harpenden's second goal against Chesham United Reserves. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Harpenden Town made it eight straight Spartan South Midlands League Division One successes with a comprehensive 6-2 rout of Chesham United Reserves.

Six different players scored for Harpenden; Sam James, Charlie Humberstone, Harry Hunt, Ben Warren, Matt Sutton and Jimmy Warner.

Callum Woodcock and Charlie Brooks replied for Chesham.

The win moves Harps into second position and they could go top if they beat Winslow United at Rothamsted Park tonight (Tuesday).

They took the lead after just seven minutes, James latching on to a Humberstone knock-down.

But from the restart the visitors levelled, Woodcock’s long-range effort taking a deflection on its way in.

But four minutes later they were back in front and destined not to lose it again.

Humberstone, one of several from Stephen Hartnup’s development squad making an impact, got it with his first for the senior team.

Hunt’s penalty made it three and a fourth before half-time came courtesy of Warren.

Chesham’s hopes had been dealt a further blow when Michal Gorniak was sent-off for two bookable offences.

Hunt nearly took advantage of the now-exposed Chesham defence, hitting the post from a narrow angle.

But it was only a temporary reprieve and number five soon arrived through Sutton.

Harps lost concentration late on and Chesham picked up on a wayward back pass giving Brooks a goal.

But the hosts had the last word when Warner coolly rounded the keeper for 6-2.

Manager Danny Plumb 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.”

Kick-off against Winslow is at 7.45pm.

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