Hunt and Hill fire Harpenden Town to victory

Jimmy Hill pokes a shot just the wrong side of the post. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Jimmy Hill pokes a shot just the wrong side of the post. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town fought back from 2-1 down to pick up a 4-2 win at home to Arlesey Town Reserves – in their first game for five weeks.

Town had last played on December 19, with bad weather forcing postponement after postponement.

And they left it late before grabbing the win, their third and fourth goals coming in the last minutes of the game.

Both Harry Hunt and Jimmy Hill scored twice and the strike pair had plenty to be happy about.

Hill was playing his first game after four months out with injury while Hunt was celebrating the birth of his son, Leo.

Manager Danny Plumb said: “We made it hard work after 35 days without a game and had difficult conditions to contend with but our perseverance paid off in the end.

“I thought Charlie Gould in midfield played well and Jimmy and Harry combined well up front so I am very pleased.”

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It took 35 minutes, and a number of squandered chances, before Town took the lead.

Hunt got it, finishing off after Hill had laid it off to him.

The lead didn’t last long, just two minutes in fact, with a well-placed free-kick from the edge of the area levelling things up.

Ben Warren hit the bar soon after for Town but it was the visitors who struck next from the penalty spot.

However, the lead lasted only minutes as Hill converted a penalty of his own after Hunt had been upended.

And Harpenden finally broke the deadlock on 87 minutes when a Hunt cross was flicked on by Gould and Hill got on the end with a thumping header.

The clincher came deep into injury time.

Hunt started the move, passing out to Alex Yearwood, before racing forward to meet the return.