KINGS LANGLEY v HHTFC
By Dean Chance
Match Report by Joe Findlay-Bada
Kings Langley 1-3 Hemel Hempstead Town
The Tudors continued preparations for the 2018/19 season with a comfortable win over neighbours Kings Langley at Sun Sports FC.
Goals from Charlie Sheringham, Jordan Parkes and an own goal put Hemel three goals up in a matter of minutes at the end of the first half.
Langley managed a late consolation goal after changing their whole XI at half time.
The game started at a relatively slow pace, with few clear-cut opportunities for either side in the opening 15 minutes. Tudors skipper Jordan Parkes created the first real chance, sliding a ball through to Karl Oliyide, whose one-on-one shot was well stopped by the goalkeeper. Oliyide was in again on the left shortly after but his strike was tame and well-held by the keeper. Hemel were keeping the pressure on the Langley goal as Parkes fired a shot from 25 yards which was easily stopped. Kings managed to stem the tide yet were limited to long range shots at Laurie Walker’s goal which were unable to find the target.
With 10 minutes left of the half, Hemel finally found the breakthrough after a low cross from the left was turned into his own net by a Langley defender. Moments later, Charlie Sheringham beat the offside trap after a long ball forward and finished emphatically into the bottom left corner to double their lead. The Tudors were not letting up, and on the stroke of half time it was 3-0. A short corner on the right was crossed in by Parkes, evading everyone as it found the bottom corner.
After the break, Kings Langley fielded a completely new XI whereas Dean Brennan opted to keep his team unchanged. Hemel continued to dominate possession in the second half without creating any real openings. Langley were limiting them to shots from range and were defending well with former Tudor Jorell Johnson marshalling their backline. Sheringham had a sight of goal on the hour mark but skewed his shot wide from 12 yards.
With the game seemingly petering out, Kings Langley notched a goal for their efforts. The Hemel defence were unable to get a tackle in and Walker could do nothing to stop a curled effort into the far corner.
1. laurie Walker 2. Roddy Collins. Joe Howe 4. Jordan Parkes 5. Lloyd Doyley 6. Ismail Yakubu 7. Alex Osborn 8. Matt Saunders 9. Charlie Sheringham 10. Karl Oliyide 11. Sydney Irie