Match report by Allan Mitchell
Weymouth can consider themselves slightly unlucky to have left Vauxhall Road with nothing to show for their efforts on the day, conceding two late goals which extended Hemel’s unbeaten run to six.
The home side had the ball in the net after just two minutes but the referee saw a hand ball after it had been bundled home from a corner. The ball looked to have initially crossed the line when it was cleared and it then hit a hand before being forced home on the rebound.
Weymouth took the lead on 24 minute when Tom Blair crossed into Nathum Melvin-Lambert who met it with his head, Hemel keeper Craig King saved superbly but it bounced out and hit the Weymouth striker and ended up in the back of the net.
The second period saw Weymouth control the game the early part of the half but they couldn’t find that all important second goal.
Hemel were finding it difficult to make any inroads at this stage and they were forced to make a change when the unfortunate Luke Holness had to leave the pitch after a collision with the keeper, Charlee Hughes came on and it appeared to liven the front line up and Hemel started to press forward.
Manager Brad Quinton then brought on the influential Josh Castiglione who had been struggling with illness over the previous week and this really saw the Tudors step up through the gears and in the last fifteen minutes they dominated the game, forcing a number of corners and they were rewarded on 81 minutes when George Williams pounced on a poor clearance and drove the ball home superbly from the edge of the box.
The pressure mounted and after another period when the pressure had forced the away side to become increasingly desperate, they took the lead when George Williams curled a corner in under the bar to give Hemel the lead. Weymouth keeper Zaki Oualah seemed to completely miss-judge the flight of the ball as it sailed in.
This was enough to give Hemel the spoils and move them to within seven points of the play off positions, Manager Quinton saying after the game that they are going to give it a real good go.
Hemel: 3-5-2 Craig King Andrew Eleftheriou (Josh Castiglione 74) Josh Williams Kory Roberts Jack Westbrook Kyle O’Connor-Ajayi ; George Williams Dominic Morgan-Griffiths Kaylen Hinds Luke Holness (Charlee Hughes 50) Arnold Matshazi (Bayley Brown 90) Subs not used: Jeramie Mukendi, Kane Lewis.
Referee Tom Ellsmore
Star Man: Jack Westbrook