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Herbert hits Ledbury hat-trick
9:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
DAN Herbert struck a hattrick as Ledbury Town downed early West Midlands League Division One basement boys Hanwood United 5-2.
Ledbury’s third consecutive league game at New Street saw the Shrewsbury visitors dominate much of the first-half.
Phil Preedy’s men struggled to keep up, suffering defensive problems and squandering golden opportunities at the other end before mounting a superb secondhalf recovery.
Missing new signings Scott Claridge and Dean Corbett, Ledbury were grateful to two early saves from keeper Lewis Skyers.
Jamie Welch was denied by the Hanwood number one and then skimmed the bar in a series of close calls late in the first period. However, Hanwood went ahead five minutes after half-time through Matt Jones which encouraged Ledbury to take over the encounter.
Herbert smashed home the equaliser after a corner only for Connor Courtney to regain the initiative on the hour.
Less than two minutes later, Welch levelled again and then his effort was deflected for Herbert to fire the hosts ahead for the first time.
Martin Loveridge and Herbert’s hat-trick goal on 77 and 84 minutes extended the lead.
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