HHTFC v HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE - 24/02/18
See below match report by Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Havant and Waterlooville 0
The Tudors winless streak stretched to four games as these two promotion contenders cancelled each other out, with few chances at either end during the whole 90 minutes. Hemel’s new signing, Karl Oliyide had the first effort on target after 15 minutes when he shot from the edge of the box but it lacked power and was easily dealt with by Hawks goalminder Ryan Young. Havant had their first chance when a Theo Lewis header was well saved by Laurie Walker. Tudor’s skipper for the game Darren Ward managed to get his head onto a cross from the right but it lacked direction and drifted wide. There were a couple of half chances at both ends around the half hour mark, Lewis forced another easy save out of Walker and Scott Shulton tried his luck from outside the area but once again it failed to trouble Young. The best opportunity of the half came just before the break when Havant’s No 9 Jason Prior arrived unmarked at the back post but he couldn’t keep his header down and it clipped the top of the bar when it looked easier to score.
There was little to talk about in the second period, with The Hawks having more of the possession but failing to create anything of note. Both keepers had some tidying up to do but were barely troubled as the game drifted towards its climax. Hemel welcomed back James Kaloczi after a recent toe injury, the tall midfielder coming on as a sub and he added some quality to their build up play. With time running out the home side started to look more dangerous and they almost nicked the points with minutes left. A flowing move involving Kaloczi and Hoskins opened up Havant’s well organised back line but Hoskins attempted effort from close range was blocked on the line by Young. The final piece of action saw Jordan Parkes try his luck from distance but his well struck shot was deflected wide.
In the end a draw was a fair reflection of the game and it leaves Hemel in seventh place and still just in play off contention.
Hemel 1:Laurie Walker 2:Dan Spence 3:Joe Howe (15:James Kaloczi) 4:Kyle Connolly 5:Darren ward © 6:Matt Saunders 7:Hershall Sanchez-Watt 8:Scott Shulton 9:David Moyo 10:Karl Oliyide (14:Will Hoskins) 11:Spencer McCall (12:Jordan Parkes) Subs not used 16:Matt Spring 17:Michael Cain.
Man of the Match Kyle Connolly Attendance 508