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Keeper Catlow stars in Hemel defeat
Hemel Hemstead Town 4, Redditch United 0
League leaders Hemel put four goals past the Reds for the second time this season to maintain their title push.
And it would have been worse for the visitors had it not been for second choice keeper Bradley Catlow who made a string of good saves to keep the tally down.
There were just seven minutes on the clock when the Tudors opened their tally. A mistake by Josh Quaynor allowed Alex Campana to cross low to the near post where striker Dave Pearce slotted home the first of his hat-trick.
Stuart Hendrie had an effort on target for the Reds midway through the half but it hardly tested Sam Beagle in the home goal.
Pearce scored his second on 25 minutes. It was a similar goal to his opener apart from the supplier this time was Ryan O'Toole with Pearce scoring at the back post.
The Hemel dangerman could have completed his treble before the break but for Catlow who tipped another effort over the bar while another shot was deflected onto the post.
The introduction of Liam McDonald on the half-hour kept the home side at bay for much of the second period and the Reds almost reduced the arrears when Beagle was forced into a smart save by Jake Reid.
But with 13 minutes to go, Hemel put the game out of Redditch’s reach when Pearce forced home a Campana cross for his hat-trick.
Pearce was involved in Hemel’s fourth just two minutes later, heading down to Steve O'Leary who picked his spot with a calm finish.
Reid put a late header over the target to round off a dismal day for the visitors.
Reds: CATLOW 8, Moran 5, Quaynor 4, Flanagan 5, Hickman 5, Hands 5 (Hylton 70, 5), Hendrie 5 (Deards 57, 5), Richards 5, Cresswell 7, Reid 6, Oshingbure 6 (McDonald 29, 5). Subs not used: Bridgwater.