HHTFC v HUNGERFORD TOWN - 13/01/18
See below match report from Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Hungerford Town 2
A frustrating day for the Hemel faithful as they wasted a chance to push further up the table, losing to a Hungerford outfit who looked as though they'd have been content to go back down the M4 with a point from the start. Missed opportunities were the main reason the away side ended up with all three points, as Hemel wasted chances they took theirs and were well organised at the back even though they rode their luck at times. It has to be said, with better finishing Hemel should have wrapped the game up before half time.
The home side had the majority of chances in the first half and could have gone in front as early as the third minute when David Moyo and Scott Shulton had shots blocked. The same two players had further chances in the 25th minute with Shultons' shot getting saved, the ball ran loose to Alex Osborn who saw his effort deflected away for a corner. From that corner Moyo arrived unmarked at the back post but saw his header cleared off the line.
Hungerford could have taken the lead on the half hour mark, somewhat against the run of play, when a loose pass was intercepted and Nicholas Bignall raced clear but Tudors stand in keeper Danny Boness did well to close him down and saved well. Hemel really should have scored when Spencer McCall set up Alex Osborn but his shot was blocked, the ball rebounded to Joe Howe but he couldn’t keep his effort down and it fired over the bar from close range. Will Hoskins missed another chance just before the break but he chipped over Marcos Beauchamp and the crossbar. Hemel scored early in the second half when a Jordan Parkes corner went straight in, Beauchamp completely missing his attempted punch, the ball just curling into the net at the far post. It was a lead they deserved but was only short lived as
another goalkeeping error let Hungerford back into the game. Boness decided to come for a ball that wasn’t really his and Nicholas Bignall got there first to head into an empty net, their first real chance of the game. Not long after it was 2-1 when Diak John arrived unmarked at the far post to set up Luke Hopper who made no mistake from close range to stun the Home fans. Hemel had their chances to get back into the game, Hoskins combined well with Kyle Connolly, playing a neat one/two but the rampaging Tudors full back hit his shot straight at Beauchamp and he parried it away. With Hemel pushing forward Boness had to come to the rescue on a couple of occasions when Hungerford took advantage of the space they were given by the advancing defence, saving well from Luke Hopper on both occasions. James Kaloczi saw his late header saved and that was the last real chance for The Tudors. The end the visitors held on comfortably for a surprise win and a well earned one that their team effort deserved.
Hemel 1 : Danny Boness 6 2:James Kaloczi 8 3: Joe Howe 6 4: Jordan Parkes © 6
(16:Tyler Campbell) 7:Alex Osborn 7 8:Scott Shulton 7 9:David Moyo 5 (15: Matt
Saunders) 10:Will Hoskins 5 11:Spencer McCall 8 (12:Anonio German) Subs not used
14:Ebby Nelson-Addy 17:Laurie walker.
Tudors man of the match James Kaloczi