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Full strength Blueharts put eight past Bourne to maintain sixth position in the league and ensure relegation for their opponents. The game started well for Harts and it took just 10 minutes for Matt Gardner to open the scoring, slotting the ball low past

Full strength Blueharts put eight past Bourne to maintain sixth position in the league and ensure relegation for their opponents.

The game started well for Harts and it took just 10 minutes for Matt Gardner to open the scoring, slotting the ball low past the keeper.

Ashley Hammond scored his first five minutes later, deflecting the ball through his legs and catching the keeper flat footed.

Bourne scored from a well-worked short corner but Gardner replied with his second of the day to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half saw Blueharts step up another gear.

It did not take long for Ashley Hammond to get his second following up well from a loose cross. Oliver Hammond then scored after some neat interchange play with John Barrett.

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Bourne then hit back catching Harts on the break to score their second.

Oliver Hammond converted the next short corner before a moment of madness saw skipper Tom Morey sent to the sin bin. This unsettled the team and allowed Bourne in for their third.

Back to a full complement, Harts began to dominate once again. Great team play gave Jimmy Lewis the chance to score from close range.

It was then left for man of the match Ashley Hammond to pounce on a rebound to complete his hat-trick and the 8-3 scoreline.

The seconds are still in the hunt for promotion after beating Vauxhall's first team 2-1 with Tim Price netting both goals.

Letchworth's poor run of results continued as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Bedford 2nds. They now only have a slender chance of promotion from Division Two South.

Other scores: Chelmsford III 4 Letchworth II 0; Letchworth III 7 (Ashley Brown five, Matt Wade and James Badcock) Cheshunt II 0; Hertford III 2 Letchworth IV 3 (Ben Abbott, Kevin Smith and Tom McIntyre-Brown); Blueharts V 4 Letchworth V 0; Stevenage VI 0 Letchworth VI 3.

Stevenage went down to an unflattering 4-1 defeat by Bishop's Stortford 2nds.

Two early goals put Stevenage on the back foot before Michael Oliver pulled one back.

Stortford scored twice after the break to take the points.

Other scores: Steve II 1 Bishop's Stortford III 4; Luton Vagrants 2 Stev III 1; Stev IV 1 (Ian Brown) Shefford and Sandy III 2; Berkhamsted IV 4 Stevenage V 0; Letchworth VI 3 Stevenage VI 0.

MBDA played possibly their best game of the season as they came from behind to defeat Welwyn GC 3rds 2-1.

After winning a number of short corners, one of these was expertly guided past the keeper by Ben Bollig for an equaliser.

Playing the second half with just 10 players (due to an injury and no subs) and in a snowstorm, MBDA upset the odds by netting the winner with Nigel Bollig striking the ball into the corner.