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Bognor Regis Town
Hemel Hempstead Town
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Full time Attendance 403

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN v HHTFC - 14/04/18

Se below match report from Allan Mitchell

Bognor Regis Town 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 3

A far more comprehensive victory than the scoreline suggests Hemel took home all three points from their visit to the South Coast and relegated Bognor in the process.

The Tudors were actually cruising at 3-0 until the 82nd minute when a lapse at the back allowed substitute Ollie Pearce to reduce the deficit and with the clock ticking down, ex Tudor Justin Amaluzor stabbed the ball home to give The Rocks a chance of a real upset. There were one or two close calls but in the end the visitors came away with a priceless victory which pushes them into fifth place and leaves them with the play offs very much in their own hands.

Hemel got off to the best of starts just two minutes when Herschel Sanchez Watt was quick to close down Sami El-Abd on the edge of his own area. Watt took the ball away from Bognor’s Skipper and drove into the area, rounding keeper Dan Lincoln before calmly slotting the ball home. Hemel continued to push forward and went further in front after 14 minutes when some good work down the right by Joe Howe set up a scramble in the six yard box, the ball was only half cleared to Watt, who wasted no time in drilling it past Lincoln and two defenders on the line. Hemel fans sat back and waited for the onslaught, as Bognor looked completely out of sorts and short on confidence after these early setbacks, but it never came and too often, good build up play was wasted by the visitors. The home side started to get a foothold in the game as the half time whistle approached but they rarely threatened Laurie Walker’s goal and they went in at the break still trailing by Watt’s two goals.

The second half saw Hemel control the game for long periods but, as in the first half they failed to capitalise on good approach play. Finally a third goal came when Watt cleverly set up David Moyo who raced clear of the Rocks defence and tucked the ball away to put The Tudors in the ascendancy. They seemed quite content to settle for this and Bognor saw a lot of the ball for the remaining minutes but even the home fans couldn’t have predicted how close the final score would end up as their side still looked short on ideas. All in all an excellent result and this comes off the back of another decent performance at fellow promotion rivals Welling United on Tuesday evening were both sides cancelled each other out for a share of the spoils.

Manager Dean Brennan will be pleased to have welcomed back the experience of both Tom Hamblin and Lloyd Doyley for the run in after both had been out with long term injuries.

Wealdstone are next up at Vauxhall Road next Thursday evening and despite invariably dominating games against their local rivals, Hemel haven’t had the best of luck against The Stones over the last few years so they will be hoping that this changes and they grab the three points, which would almost certainly cement their place in the Play offs.

Hemel 1: Laurie Walker 2: Joe Howe 3: Kyle Connolly 4: Jordan Parkes © 5: Darren Ward 6: Tom Hamblin (16: Lloyd Doyley) 7: James Kaloczi (12: Scott Shulton) 8: Michael Cain 9: David Moyo 10: Hershel Sanchez Watt (15: Spencer McCall) Subs not used 14: Will Hoskins 17: Danny Boness.

Tudors Man of the Match : Sanchez Watt

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