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Bluebirds can't stop leaders

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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HEMEL HEMPSTEAD 2 CHIPPENHAM TN 0

Chippenham's dismal away record continued at league leaders Hemel Hempstead. The Bluebirds have recorded just a single victory in their last 15 away matches, and with AFC Totton gaining another point Chippenham are slowly being dragged back into a relegation fight.

The Tudors called all the shots throughout, hitting the woodwork four times in the first half before finding the net twice after the break, whilst restricting Chippenham to a couple of off target efforts.

Livewire striker Ben Mackey was a constant thorn in the visitors' defence. An early Jordan Parkes' free kick skimmed the crossbar, whilst Lewis Toomey then hit the bar with Parkes' follow-up effort being saved.

Mackey should have opened the scoring on the half hour mark but his penalty, awarded when Parkes was fouled in the area, came back off the inside of a post.

Shortly before the break Luke Allen fired over the bar, whilst his ferocious drive from distance cannoned back off a post.

A minute into the second period Mackey made amends for his penalty miss when he volleyed home a cross from Dave King.

Mackey wrapped the game up for Hemel 20 minutes from time when another penalty award, after Toomey had been fouled in the area, saw him make no mistake the second time round.

Lewis Haldane scored twice as Yate triumphed 2-0 at Bishop's Cleeve, while George Lloyd also struck a double as Cinderford beat Bridgwater 2-0 in Division One South & West.

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