Hat-trick hero Hunt fires Harpenden to the top

Steve Gledhill, a Harpenden volunteer for Prostate Cancer UK, being presented with the proceeds from

Steve Gledhill, a Harpenden volunteer for Prostate Cancer UK, being presented with the proceeds from Harpenden Town's charity day by vice-chairman Roman Motyczak - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town striker Harry Hunt scored his second hat-trick in five days to send the team back to the top of their league.

They beat Wodson Park 4-0 to entertain their biggest crowd of the season - 122 fans turned up to enjoy the sunshine on Saturday for the SSML Division One clash.

Manager Danny Plumb said: “I was really pleased that we got a good start because we have fallen behind far too often.

“But we had a very patchy game with spells where we lacked direction. We need to be committed for the full 90 minutes.

“It was good to keep a clean sheet and 4-0 will improve our goal difference in a tight competitive league.”

Harpenden took the lead after 10 minutes when Hunt got on the end of a James Ewington cross and side footed the ball into the corner.

Seven minutes later Hunt again met a cross from the right and beat the keeper with a controlled header.

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Town were now two goals up after 17 minutes nailing their recent jinx of starting slowly and being forced to come from behind.

In the second half Harpenden were sharp from the whistle and after 55 minutes Ewington met a cross from James Yates on the left to head into the corner and score on his season debut.

Only two minutes later Hunt got his hat-trick punching a volley into the side netting to make it 4-0.

On Saturday Harpenden play away to Hatfield Town, who they beat 4-0 in the League Cup at the Gosling Stadium in Welwyn. Then on Tuesday, September 16, they play Stony Stratford Town at 7.45pm at home in Rothamsted Park.


The game coincided with Non-League Day and the club raised nearly £400 for charity.

Town grabbed the chance to offer free-entry to their home match in Rothamsted Park in return for a donation to Prostate Cancer UK.

And generous fans repaid the compliment by donating £380.

Vice-chairman Roman Motyczak said: “We had a very successful day on Saturday. The team played some really good football and we won 4-0, over 100 people attended and we raised £380 for a really important charity which is educating men about this potential killer.

“We hope our new fans will come back to support the club which is on a resurgence this year.”