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Church’s Aberdeen close the gap on Celtic

10 March 2016

Simon Church helped Aberdeen move to within a point of the Scottish Premiership summit on Tuesday evening.

The Dons beat Partick Thistle 2-1 at Firhill and Church grabbed the decisive finish with a header from Barry Robson’s cross – his fourth goal in six games since moving to Scotland on loan.

Aberdeen trailed to Steven Lawless’ 60th minute strike but goals from Andrew Considine and Church secured a valuable victory for the Pittodrie Stadium to keep their title aspirations alive.

Church and co host Kilmarnock this weekend.

Elsewhere, Giorgio Rasulo made his first appearance for Aldershot Town since returning to the Shots on loan.

Rasulo went straight into the starting XI for the National League clash with Chester but it proved to be a night to forget for the Hampshire club, who were beaten 8-2 at the Deva Stadium.

Barry Smith’s side will look to respond on Saturday when they take on relegation-threatened Torquay United.

While there was disappointed for Rasulo, Harry Hickford enjoyed a much better evening for Hemel Hempstead Town, as they beat Eastbourne 1-0 on Wednesday.

The Tudors scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time courtesy of Sean Shields.

Hickford, who was being supported in the stands by former Dons teammate and England international Dele Alli, came off the bench in the second half to help the Berkshire club see out the victory, which moves them to within seven points of the National League South play-off places ahead of Saturday’s trip to Truro City who occupy that final top six spot.

Another Don on a winning side in midweek was Dom Palmiero, who came off the bench for Hitchin Town in their 4-2 triumph over Cambridge City.

The second-year scholar, on work experience with the Canaries, replaced Alasan Ann late on to help see out the victory which came courtesy of goals from Callum Donnelly, Lucas Kirkpatrick and Jonny McNamara.

Hitchin are now just four points off top spot in the Southern League Premier Divsion and they travel to second-placed Chippenham Town on Saturday.

Tom Wyant’s Biggleswade United saw their fixture with Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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