HHTFC v BATH CITY - 09/03/19
By Marc Keinch
See below match report by Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Bath City 3
Bath kept themselves in touch with the promotion chasing pack with a clinical win against a Hemel side who have lost their way in recent weeks.
The first half was forgettable in terms of entertainment but Bath had the better of the chances. James Moreton took advantage of a poor clearance and forced Laurie Walker into a smart save after just three minutes. Sean Rigg then went close with a shot that Walker did well to push away for a corner. Not long after this Rigg had to be replaced after pulling up with an injury and had to be replaced by Ross Stearn.
What a replacement he proved to be, scoring with his first touch when a cross was only half cleared and he fired home via a slight deflection from the edge of the box after 39 minutes.
In the second half Bath controlled the game for the best part and it was only the Tudors skipper Jordan Parkes who looked like he might unlock a well marshalled defence. He tried a speculative effort from 30 yards that almost caught Ryan Clarke off his line but the City keeper just managed to get back to tip the ball over the bar.
Hemel made a couple of substitutions bringing on Arthur Read and Matteo Mendy for Lobjoit and Snelus but it made little impact and a break down the right saw Stearn grab his second of the game when he arrived unmarked to slot home after 67 minutes and he completed his “Super Sub” hat trick two minutes later tapping home after Laurie Walker failed to hold onto a cross.
Jordan Parkes then tried another speculative effort, this time from just inside the Bath half and it was a relieved City keeper who saw the ball clear the bar with him back peddling in desperation but it was all too little too late and Bath saw the game out comfortably.
A special mention must go to the Tudors fans who kept singing throughout and they sang Spencer McCall’s name out loud and proud after it was revealed that the popular young midfielder had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after suffering what appeared to be a shin fracture earlier in the season. The club have announced several fund raising plans, including a sponsored walk from Watford’s Vicarage Road Stadium to Hemel’s Vauxhall Road ground. All details can be found on the official Hemel Website, on their Twitter Account and the Facebook page.
Hemel Laurie Walker 8 Jacques Kpohomouh 6 Kyle Connolly 7 Jordan Parkes © 8 Darren Ward 6 Tom Hamblin 7 ( Oliver Swain 6) Kavan Cotter 6 Scott Shulton 6 Leon Lobjoit 6 ( Matteo Mendy 6) Kieran Monlouis 6 Jack Snellus 6 (Arthur Read 6 ) Subs not used: Arel Amu, Danny Boness.
Match Rating 2/5 Attendance 413 Referee Tom Bishop