HHTFC v ST ALBANS CITY - 01/01/18
See below match report by Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 2 St Albans City 0
A big crowd turned out on New Years Day to watch Hemel finally end the run of draws in this local derby, the last five having ended up 2-2.
The home side almost went in front after just 3 minutes when Scott Shulton curled a shot in from the edge of the box that City keeper Dean Snedker did well to push away for a corner. There was a goalmouth scramble from the corner with three Tudors players getting a shot in but somehow each one was blocked and Snedker eventually grabbed the loose ball. If Hemel thought they were going to have it all their own way they were given a sharp reminder of City’s capabilities after 8 minutes when the Rhys Murrell-Williamson raced down the right and fired in a shot that crashed against Walker’s post and away, defence soon turned into attack as Osborn latched onto the loose ball, raced up field and brought another fine save out of Snedker in City’s goal. Things settled after this frenetic start and City grabbed a foothold in the game, controlling the possession without really creating too much. On 32 minutes, Hemel took the lead, somewhat against the run of play when they
broke away and forced a corner. The ball wasn’t really cleared and Matt Spring picked out David Moyo at the far post, the angle looked too tight for a shot but he managed to cut it back across the face of the goal and it crept into the net via Snedkers attempted block. Moyo saw another effort from 20 yards just drift wide and that was pretty much it for the first half, Hemel just about deserving their lead at the break.
The second period was still very even with City probing and trying to be patient but Hemel always looking dangerous on the counter attack. David Moyo made two breaks down the left within minutes of each other. Both times he pulled the ball back for December’s “Player of the Month” Scott Shulton who had his first effort blocked and skied the second into the St Albans fans behind the goal. Hemel continued to threaten but City were still very much in the game and, as in previous matches, the Tudors fans started bracing themselves for the inevitable
equaliser. Joe Howe had a good opportunity to ease their fears when he raced onto a pass from Alex Osborn just on the hour mark but he couldn’t keep his effort down. Shortly after this, the visitors had their best chance of the second half when Merson’s shot was well saved by Walker after a corner wasn’t cleared. With just 8 minutes left on the clock a cross from the right hand side was met by the unmarked David Moyo who rose and headed past Snedker into the corner to give the Tudors a two goal cushion, Hemel fans at the bottom end of the ground
thought the ball had looped over but it dropped just under the bar and the celebrations began. After this, the home side saw the game out comfortably and grabbed three deserved points to make it four over the two games.
Hemel: 1 Laurie Walker 2:Lloyd Doyley © (James Kaloczi) 3Joe Howe 4:Matt Spring
(Antonio German) 5:Kyle Connolly 6:Ismail Yakubu 7:Alex Osborn 8:Scott Shulton
9:David Moyo 10:Will Hoskins (Jordan Parkes) 11:Spencer McCall Subs not used
Ebby Nelson-Addy and Danny Boness (GK)
Attendance 1266 Man of the match: David Moyo.