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Hemel 1-0 Taunton

Match report by Allan Mitchell

This game was a reflection of where both these teams were sitting in the table as they cancelled each other out for long periods. There were just a handful of chances at both ends, in the first half Whittaker just failed to get on the end of a driven cross from Powell just before the half hour mark.

Kyle Ajayi hit a rasping drive from 30 yards that Lavercombe superbly tipped over and at the other end Linton almost pounced on a mistake at the back from Hemel but King closed him down quickly and saved his effort.

Taunton’s best opportunity of the first period came the last seconds when Foulston arrived in the six yard box after a good ball in from the right but he skied his header from six yards out.

Daniel Powell saw his header well saved by Lavercombe at the start of the second half.

Evans fired in a shot for Taunton that flew over the bar as both sides struggled to gain any dominance.

A Hemel corner was met by Ajayi who misdirected his header across the box but it fell kindly for Hill but his shot cleared the stand behind the goal.

Taunton best chance of the game came in the 81st minute when sub Nat Jarvis found himself in space just 8 yards out, he drove his shot in but King saved superbly with his outstretched foot.

As the clock ticked down a stalemate looked to be odds on but Hemel set up one last attack, forcing Taunton back into their own area and finally, Montel McKenzie broke the deadlock when he pounced on a loose ball and lashed it into the roof of the net to win the game for the Tudors.

This result moves Hemel into 12th place just two points off the play off positions, showing just how tight this division is and that a run of results can move you up the table very quickly.

Next up are a couple of cup games, on Tuesday the Tudors are in Herts Senior Cup action away at Ware and they are back at Vauxhall Road on Saturday to welcome Walsall Wood FC who ply their trade in the Northern Premier League One (Midlands) division. This is the first ever meeting between the two clubs and will be a good opportunity for us to progress further on the road to Wembley in the FA Trophy.


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