HHTFC v CONCORD RANGERS - 23/02/19
By Marc Keinch
See below match report by Allan Mitchell & Steve Rundle
HEMEL TOWN 2 CONCORD RANGERS 2
The Tudors very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but, despite under-performing in the second period, they saw it out for a share of the spoils. Today was the second consecutive weekend where they have squandered a two goal lead and even though they fielded an injury-ravaged side, hopes were high especially, in a reverse of the previous game against Woking, they came racing out of the blocks, starting superbly.
They went in front after only 5 minutes when a good move on the edge of the box left new signing Amu with an easy tap-in after the 'keeper had blocked his first effort. On 12 minutes it was 2-0 as another great move was finished well when Frankie Musonda fired into the bottom corner from just outside the area. This was followed by some Concord pressure as the play-off chasing Canvey Islanders looked to get into the game. There were a couple of periods where the Tudors couldn’t clear their lines and the ball was bouncing in and around the area like a game of ping pong. Hemel also had chances to extend their lead - most notably when a pinpoint cross from Musonda was met powerfully by Amu , but Sam Beasant, the Concord stopper reacted brilliantly at close range to block the header. This was the last of the clear cut chances in the first half and the sides went in at the break with a two goal advantage to the Tudors.
The second half was a bit scrappy, and the Hemel side that created openings in the first period had yet to turn up for the second. Concord were also looking more dangerous and they knew that one goal would rattle Hemel's cage. It came in the 57th minute as a header from an unmarked Aron Pollock made it 2-1. Keeping it tight for a while would have been the best option but the Tudors had completely switched off, allowing a low cross to be turned by Juan Luque in for an equaliser just two minutes later. Rangers were certainly a stronger prospect this half and the Tudors faithful began to fear the worst, as the visitors forced a flurry of corners.
Hemel's best chance of the second half came late on as Amu found himself in the clear with just the keeper to beat but he dragged his shot wide, and there were a few moments when Concord came close but in the end the game petered out and both sides settled for a point. It was a somewhat disappointing result having been two goals up but Concord are a very good side who have been in and around the play off positions all season so it’s a decent point especially with the injury problems that have hit the squad recently.
Hemel welcomed two new faces on the day, starting was Kieran Monlouis, who is a permanent signing and is described by Deeney as a real box to box midfielder, very powerful and extremely athletic and is the sort of player he has been looking for since he arrived at the club. They had a lot of competition for his signature and he is delighted to have signed him. The second new face is Arthur Read who is a very highly rated prospect. He was given a three year professional contract at the age of 17 and he is very highly thought of at Luton Town. He has signed on a month’s loan and Deeney is hoping that the clubs can agree to extend that deal.
Leaving the club are Ismail Yakubu and James Kaloczi who have joined former manager Dean Brennan at Kingstonian. Joe said that the club was approached with a view to signing the players and he didn’t want to stand in their way as both players expressed a desire to leave to get regular football, which Deeney couldn’t guarantee them at Hemel. He wished them both all the best for the future and thanked them for their efforts at the club.
Hemel 1: Laurie Walker 2: Jacques Kpohomouh 3: Joe Howe 4: Jordan Parkes © 5: Darren Ward 6: Tom Hamblin 7: Kieran Monlouis (16: Arthur Read) 8: Frankie Musonda 9: Arel Amu 10: Leon Lobjoit (14: Scott Shulton) 11: Kavan Cotter. Subs not used: 12: Oliver Swain 15: Jack Snelus 17: George Paulin.
Attendance 505 Tudors Man of the Match : Frankie Musonda.