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Harry’s Hemel strike late again

17 March 2016

Harry Hickford’s Hemel Hempstead Town enjoyed more stoppage-time drama, as they struck late to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsmford.

The defender, who scored a last second winner for the Tudors in their 2-1 triumph over Havant & Waterlooville earlier this month, played from the start in Tuesday’s clash at Vauxhall Road and helped the National League South outfit pick up a valuable point.

Hemel conceded half an hour into the first half and they almost fell two goals behind, if not for a goal-saving tackle from Hickford at the start of the second period. The Hertfordshire club then equalised with an injury-time finish from James Potton.

Next up for Hickford and co, who have moved to within five points of the play-off places despite having played two games less, is a trip to league leaders Ebbsfleet United.

Meanwhile, Kabongo Tshimanga came off the bench to aid Chesham United in their Southern League Premier Division clash with Chippenham Town.

The Clarets led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Ryan Blake and Kevin Bossman but the hosts levelled things up after the interval.

Tshimanga was brought on in the final 10 minutes as the Buckinghamshire outfit searched for a late winner and he almost provided it, but an unmarked Sam Youngs shot wide from his cross.

Mid-table Chesham take on Chippenham again on Saturday, this time at the Meadow.

Also in action on Tuesday night was Tom Wyant, who returned to the starting XI for Biggleswade United after exiting their game last weekend at half-time with an injury.

The goalkeeper took his place between the sticks for the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division clash with Welwyn Garden City but couldn’t prevent his side suffering their first defeat in nine games – the only goal of the match came through a 20th minute header.

Tuesday’s loss sees Biggleswade remain ninth in the table heading into their trip to Leverstock Green this weekend.

Others who could be in action this Saturday include Simon Church, Lee Hodson, Tom Hitchcock and Giorgio Rasulo.

Church's Aberdeen visit Motherwell, while the early kick-off in the Scottish Premiership sees Hodson and Kilmarnock host division leaders Celtic.

Hitchcock will be looking to help Crewe Alexandra move closer to safety when they take on Sky Bet League 1 relegation rivals Blackpool and, in the National League, Rasulo visits Altrincham with Aldershot Town.

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