HHTFC v EASTBOURNE BOROUGH - 21/04/18
See below match report by Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 3 Eastbourne Borough 0
Hemel confirmed their place in the Playoffs with a comfortable win in a game that had somewhat of an end of season feel with the home side having come off the back of a very hard game on Thursday and Eastbourne in a safe mid table position.
The Tudors had the perfect start when Stuart McCall superbly volleyed a poor clearance into the bottom corner after just 4 minutes. David Moyo’s first effort was cleared to the edge of the box where McCall was waiting and he took his time to guide the ball past Smith in the Eastbourne goal. They went further ahead when Karl Olyide raced down the left hand side before pulling the ball back to an unmarked Jordan Parkes who had time and space to head home on the half hour mark. McCall had a shot cleared off the line moments later and it looked a case of “how many” but Eastbourne slowly got themselves into the game and just before the break Lloyd Dawes almost reduced the deficit but Laurie Walker pushed his effort out for a corner.
The second period saw Hemel play very much within themselves and Eastbourne saw a lot of the ball without creating too much. Shaun Okojie really should have scored but he put his header wide from just six yards and that was about it from the Borough.Hemel were keen to conserve their energy after two games within as many days and the visitors, with nothing to play for were offering little threat so the game drifted to its conclusion but not before it was finally put to bed by Alex Osborn after good work from Joe Howe down the right, he got to the byline before pulling the ball across the six yard box to Osborn who made no mistake from six yards.
The Tudors faithful were in fine voice as their team confirmed their Play Off place and they will be hoping they can still pinch that all important third place which would mean they’d miss the first set of games and they would get a home tie against one of the winners of those ties.
There is still lots to be resolved and Hemel travel to mid table Weston supermare on Saturday for their last game of the season. A win there give them every chance of that third place spot but whatever happens this will be their highest ever finish, in terms of league position in the clubs history, which is credit to everybody concerned at the club.
Laurie Walker 8
Joe Howe 7
Kyle Connolly 7
Jordan Parkes © 8
Dan Spence 7
Ismail Yakubu 8
Michael Cain 7
Scott Shulton 7 (15. Alex Osborn 8)
David Moyo 7 (12. Herschel Sanchez Watt 7)
Karl Oliyide 8 (16. Darren Ward)
Spencer McCall 9
Subs not used : 14.Will Hoskins 17. Danny Boness.
Attendance 583 Match Rating 3/5 Referee Matty Buonassisi.