Concord Rangers 2-1 Hemel Hempstead Town Vanarama National League South Match report by Allan Mitchell
Hemel fell to another disappointing defeat down Canvey Island way as their recent run of poor results continues. Concord made the better start to the game, forcing some early corners and with their tall line up, this was always going to be a problem for the visitors and so it proved when Rangers took the lead after just ten minutes when Mo Battemer met one of these corners at the back post, he headed it goalwards and it was deflected into the net via a Hemel player for an own goal. Hemel rarely threatened in the opening period but despite Concord’s dominance they went in at the break just the one goal behind. The Tudors improved somewhat in the second half but chances were few and far between, Josh Castiglione having the best opportunity but Mitch Beeney made a fine reaction save to deny him. Hemel deservedly equalised in the 75th minute when new loanee Elliott Romain headed home a Castiglione cross at the back post and most Tudors fans would have taken a hard earned point at this stage but it wasn’t to be as Rangers restored their lead a couple of minutes later when an unmarked Nana Kyei had time and space to pick his spot, firing home from the angle into the far corner. There was a very late chance for Ogo Obi who poked the ball in from close range but once again Beeney made a fine save and that was enough to see The Beachboys home for their first win in three games and leaves the Tudors hovering around the lower reaches of the table.
Hemel: David Saunders; Harris O’Connor, Jernade Meade, Kyle Ajayi, Josh Lelan; Godfrey Poku (Bayley Brown) Gianni Chrichlow (Ogo Obi) Dom Morgan-Griffiths, Brooklyn Ilunga; Josh Castiglione, Elliott Romain. Subs not used: Westbrook, Bojaj, Dada