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Hickford nets late winner for Hemel

7 March 2016

Harry Hickford scored a last second winner for Hemel Hempstead Town as they beat Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.

The Tudors led for the majority of the National League North contest courtesy of a 15th minute goal from James Potton and they looked to be heading for a comfortable victory when Havant had a man sent off.

However, in a dramatic end to the contest at Westleigh Park, Josh Hill equalised for the hosts in the fourth minute, only for Hickford to find the net right at the death to earn the points for his side.

Hemel moved seven points clear of the relegation places courtesy of Saturday’s win. They entertain Eastbourne Borough at Vauxhall Road on Tuesday evening.

Elsewhere, Tom Hitchcock helped Crewe Alexandra hold Sky Bet League 1 leaders Burton Albion to a 1-1 at the Alexandra Stadium.

The striker played just under an hour for the Railwaymen, who picked up an important point thanks to Marcus Haber’s 14th minute header – Burton equalised with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Hitchcock went close to restoring Crewe’s lead just before the interval but after setting himself up with an excellent first touch from James Jones’ pass, he couldn’t find the net with his finish.

Crewe are now seven points adrift of safety in League 1 and the games don’t get any easier as they travel to third-placed Gillingham this weekend.

In the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Divsion, Tom Wyant returned to the Biggleswade United starting XI for their trip to London Colney.

Goalkeeper Wyant, who was rested for the recent 2-1 triumph over Sun Sports, kept his first clean sheet for United, as they played out a goalless draw which stretches their unbeaten run in the league to seven games.

Next up for Wyant and Biggleswade, who are seventh in the table, is a trip to Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday evening.

Also in action on Saturday was KabongoTshimanga, who came off the bench for Chesham United in their 4-2 success over Bedworth United.

Chesham, who are now 15th in the Southern League Premier Division table, were the victors in Saturday’s six-goal thriller thanks to goals from Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake and Dave Pearce’s brace.

Tshimanga and co visit Biggleswade Town this weekend.

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