HHTFC v POOLE TOWN - 27/01/18
Please see below match report from Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Poole Town 1
A 30th minute goal by Marvin Brooks was enough to give Poole a shock but deserved victory at a wet and windy Vauxhall Road. It was an opposite ends of the table clash with Hemel in third place at the top and Poole sitting third from bottom but there are no easy games in this division and so it was proved. All in all it was a frustrating afternoon for the Tudors faithful who saw their side struggle to create any real opportunities against The Dolphins well organised back line. Hemel’s dreadful injury list hasn’t helped selection in recent weeks and it
finally took its toll as they took the field with 11 barely fit players and included two academy lads on the bench. Manager Dean Brennan will be grateful for a two week break to get some of his walking wounded fit for the next game away at Oxford City.
Two Tudor’s players only lasted 25 minutes with Matt Spring and Will Hoskins having to be replaced and Poole took full advantage, they created most of the goalscoring opportunities and should have been in front before they finally broke the deadlock, Brooks heading home after his first effort had been blocked by debutant keeper Dillion Barnes. Indeed, if Warren Bentley hadn’t headed over from six yards right on half time, they would have had a more comfortable lead going into the break.
The second period saw the home side push forward with the wind behind them but they only mustered two shots on target and were further hit by another injury when James Kaloczi went off with a foot injury. His replacement, Tyler Campbell caused a few problems down the right hand side, managing to get away from his marker before putting in good crosses but Hemel’s front line were not aggressive enough to get on the end of them and Poole were able to clear their lines. Campbell also brought a decent save out of the Poole keeper who up to this point had been barely tested. The visitors could have added to their tally when sub Ollie Balder broke clear with ten minutes left but Dillon Barnes just got a hand to his shot and it went narrowly wide. In the end Poole held on for a comfortable win as Hemel just ran out of ideas much to the disappointment of another 500+ crowd.
Hopefully the long break due to FA Trophy action will help the cause and the likes of keeper Laurie Walker who missed this game due to a nasty gash on his arm, Lloyd Doyley, Alex Osborn, Matt Saunders, Will Hoskins, Matt Spring, Tom Hamblin and James Kaloczi will all be available for selection against another team who are desperate for points at the lower end of the table.
Hemel 1: Dillon Barnes 7 2:Matt Spring 6(15:Antonio German 6) 3:Joe Howe 6
4:Jordan Parkes © 6 5:Kyle Connolly7 6:Ismail Yakubu 6 7:Ebby Nelson-Addy 5
8:Scott Shulton 6 9:Will Hoskins 5 (12 David Moyo 5) 10:James Kaloczi 7
(14:Tyler Campbell 7) 11:Spencer McCall 8 Subs not used 16 Zac Jose 17: George
Crowd 560 Tudors Man of the Match : Spencer McCall