Chelmsford City are up into fourth in the National League South after they concluded a successful Bank Holiday weekend by defeating Hemel Hempstead Town 5-3 on their travels.

The Clarets took the lead after nine minutes when Tom Wraight stroked home only for former City player Jordan Parkes to level shortly afterwards.

Billy Clifford put the hosts in front only for quickfire strikes from Anthony Church and Rob Swaine to put City back in front.

Parkes’ inch-perfect freekick levelled the scores once again but Rhys Murphy and Chris Whelpdale secured all three points.

Wraight opened the scoring on nine minutes. Full-back Matt Young picked out Taylor Miles inside the area but, while the midfielder had his shot blocked, the deflected effort fell to Wraight who controlled promptly and stabbed past the goalkeeper.

Hemel levelled when Joe Anderson failed to clear the danger, Karl Oliyide sent a low cross into a crowded box where Parkes was able to sweep a low shot past Nathan McDonald.

Clifford put Hemel ahead despite Clarets protestations that Swaine had been fouled but back came Rod Stringer’s side, Church nodding home from close range.

Two minutes later Swaine hit his first goal for the Clarets before Parkes sent a curling freekick past McDonald via the post.

Substitute Jonny Giles fed Murphy who made no mistake in the final 10 minutes before Whelpdale wrapped up the points.

Chelmsford City: McDonald, Young, Omozusi, Swaine, Anderson, Porter (Reason 62’), Miles (Whelpdale 86’), Church, Wraight, Murphy, Fenwick (Giles 79’)