HHTFC v WESTON SUPER-MARE - 22/04/19
By Dean Chance
See below match report by Allan Mitchell
Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Weston super Mare 2
Hemel once again under performed in front of their own fans at a sunny Vauxhall Road.
The plus points taken from the day came from the 150 Tudors supporters who walked the eight or so miles from Watford FC back to Hemel in aid of Spencer McCall, the popular midfielder who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Over £400 was raised with more money to come from some of today’s gate receipts. Chairman Dave Boggins pledged that anyone who took part in the walk would only have to pay £5 at the gate and all of that money would go into Spencer’s Fund.
Spencer himself was at the game and he received lots of well wishes from supporters who have taken his cause to their hearts.
If only the players had shown the same enthusiasm that the supporters had done by putting in a performance that would have given everyone a lift after recent poor results.
The home side were slightly the better team in the first half and had several decent chances to take the lead with Parkes, Amu, Howe, Hamblin and Monlouis all going close. Weston looked every bit the team that were officially relegated last week, creating nothing of note in the first 45 minutes. However, as has been the case all too often lately, Hemel switched off as the half time whistle approached and some sloppy defending saw the visitors make inroads down the right, the ball was laid back to Jacob Cane who clipped the ball past Walker via a slight deflection to give them an unlikely lead.
As the players came off even Weston’s keeper Luke Parnell was heard to say “how the hell did that happen” ?
If the Tudor's faithful thought it couldn’t get any worse it did. With many supporters still making their way back out of the bar after a much needed drink, a long ball down field was crossed into the box and an unmarked Alex Bray arrived at the back post to tap home.
Weston were now two up having only mustered two shots in anger. If the home fans were looking for a response it never came, in fact Weston could have added to their tally as their confidence grew, sensing that the Tudors weren’t really up for a fight, Marlon Jackson, Cane and Gethyn Hall all coming close with Laurie Walker doing his best to keep them at bay with some decent saves.
Joe Deeney introduced Sydney Ibie and the much missed Rob Sinclair who was returning from a long term injury and whilst they made something of a difference, Weston saw the game out comfortably. Hemel supporters were left to reflect on a disappointing end to a season that had promised much after the Play Off reaching achievement of the previous campaign.
There is one game left for the Tudors faithful and it’s a local derby away at Wealdstone next Saturday, 27th April.
They will be hoping their side can give it one last go against a side that still has an outside chance of making the play offs themselves.
Hemel : Laurie Walker, Jacques Kpohomouh, Kyle Connolly, Jordan Parkes © Tom Hamblin, Oliver Swain, Keiran Monlouis, Kavan Cotter, Arel Amu, Sanchez Watt (Rob Sinclair) Joe Howe (Sydney Ibie)
Subs not used: Magloire Muyembe, Jake Baker, Danny Boness.
Tudors Man of the Match : Kyle Connolly. Attendance 503