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Hampton & Richmond Borough
Hemel Hempstead Town
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Full time Attendance 619

HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH v HHTFC - 06/01/18

Please see match report from Allan Mitchell

Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 v HHTFC 0

Both these teams came into this game on a good run of form, with Hampton unbeaten in 17 games and Hemel not having lost in the league since the end of September.

The Beavers started with their hatrick hero from the previous game, Elliott Charles up front but there was little sign of any threat from either side until the 23rd minute. Antonio German breached Hampton’s well organised defence before getting tugged back by Charlie Wassmer, German managed to regain his footing and was still clear on goal but the referee didn’t allow an advantage and pulled the play back for a free kick on the edge of the area, booking Wassmer in the process. Wassmer was somewhat lucky not to be receiving his second yellow as minutes
earlier he clattered into Alex Osborn on the halfway line, a tackle that left Osborn limping and eventually leave the field but was not deemed worthy of any punishment other than a free kick. Hemel’s first real effort on goal came from the unfortunate Osborn after 25 minutes when he shot from the edge but couldn’t get any power behind it and it was easily saved. He limped off shortly after and was replaced by Ebby Nelson
Addy. Hemel had another chance before the break when a corner caused problems in H&R’s six yard box, Manny Agboola missed his punch and ball pinged around before getting half cleared to Spencer McCall who drove his shot inches wide.

The second half saw Hemel start brightly but create little and on the hour the game changed. Charles suddenly burst into life down the Hemel right, having been relatively quiet up to this point. He just beat Kyle Connolly to a through ball and raced away towards the Hemel goal, as Walker closed the angle Charles fired the ball across the face and it smashed against the inside of the post, along the line before getting cleared. The visitors were hit by yet another injury problem when the excellent Ismail Yakubu had to leave the field, meaning a re-shuffle. Jordan Parkes had to go to left back, Joe Howe swapped to the right and James Kaloczi took his place at centre half. With both of Hemel’s playmakers, Osborn and Parkes now out of the midfield Hampton started to push them back and it became a real test of character for
Dean Brennan’s now makeshift side. Beavers skipper Josh Casey saw his freekick bounce off the top of the bar and Brendan Kiernan had a decent chance in space but he shot over. The Tudors were still trying to create chances themselves and Parkes and Hoskins combined well to set up German but he blasted his shot into the Tudors fans behind the goal. There was time for the home side to waste another free kick opportunity on the left when the ball was met by Wassmer but he headed over and with the minutes ticking away, a good run by Joe Howe set up German who’s shot was blocked. The resulting corner caused a few problems, ending up with Moyo’s shot being saved. One thing Hemel fans cannot complain about is the character of the squad and this has, once again proved invaluable in difficult circumstances against a very
good side. Still everything to play for and Dean Brennan will be hoping to get some of his injured players back on the field as soon as possible.

Next up, Hungerford Town at Vauxhall Road on 13th January 2018.

Hemel 1 Walker 2 James Kaloczi 3 Joe Howe 4 Jordan Parkes © 5 Kyle Connolly 6:
Ismail Yakubu (David Moyo) 7 Alex Osborn (Ebby Nelson-Addy) 8 Scott Shulton
9:Antonio German (Tyler Campbell) 10:Will Hoskins 11:Spencer McCall. Subs not
used Matt Saunders and Danny Boness (gk)
Attendance 619

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