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Hemel 0-0 Dover

Match report by Allan Mitchell

It was honours even at Vauxhall Road in a dour game that Dover probably just edged with Tudors keeper Craig King being the busier of the two keepers. Athletics’ debutee striker Joshua Ajayi could have blagged himself a hatrick as the majority of chances fell to him in the game. In a poor first half with few efforts on goal at either end, he had a great opportunity just before the break when he broke clear down the Hemel right, he drove into the box but was forced wide by Craig King and his shot ended up in the side netting. He had a better chance just two minutes into the second half when he evaded the offside trap and raced in on goal, with just King to beat he scuffed his effort straight at the Hemel keeper who saved comfortably.

Dover dominated most of the possession in the second half but all too often they were let down by a poor final ball. Noah Carney had a great chance to open the scoring on 54 minutes when he slipped through the middle and rounded King as he came out of his box, but he took the ball too wide, he squared it back to Ajayi who saw his shot superbly saved by the Hemel keeper who had raced back to his line. Hemel’s best chance came in the 81st minute when Luke Holness struck a shot from the edge of the box but Stuart Nelson saved well on the stretch and up the other end Lee Martin brought another good save out of King before the referee brought an end to proceedings.

Manager Brad Quinton said after the game that he felt his side just didn’t get their passing game together but at the end of the day, it was a point and a clean sheet so he was pleased not to have lost the game. Hemel Hempstead Town (5-3-2: King Elftheriou Williams Westbrook O’Connor-Ajayi Hill Poku (Brown 69 ) Young (Mukendi 59) Castiglione Hughes (Holness 6) Hinds 6. Subs not used: Roberts, Lewis.

Tudors Man of the Match: Craig King

Attendance: 515

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