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Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Brackley Town 0

Pre-season friendly Saturday 30th July 2022 The final warm up game for the Tudors ended up in a stalemate but it was a much improved performance from Mark Jones new look side against last season’s National League North runners up. The first half was pretty non-descript with both sides cancelling each other out but Hemel showed much more intent after a couple of poor showings away at Bromsgrove and Chesham. The second period saw the game open up somewhat and it was the visitors who created the first real chance from a corner. The ball was met by an unmarked player but his header was superbly saved by David Saunders, who had replaced first choice keeper Craig King at half time. He pushed the header onto the bar and then reacted superbly to block the follow up. Saunders had to be on his toes minutes later when Brackley’s No 2 fired in a powerful drive from the edge of the box, the young Hemel keeper doing well to push it out for a corner. Charlee Hughes had a chance in the 57th minute when a freekick from the left caused a few problems for the Brackley back line, the ball was only half cleared and it looped up into the air where Hughes met it with his head but the ball flew just wide. More pressure from the Tudors resulted in the keeper having to parry a long range effort and the follow up shot was blocked. Saunders was called upon again as the clock ticked down, saving well from a long range effort and he parried the rebound but it fell into the path of Brackley’s No 9 who tucked the ball home only to be flagged offside. That was pretty much it as far as goalmouth action went and in the end a 0-0 scoreline was a fair reflection on the game.

Match report by Allan Mitchell

Next up is the first league game of the season at home to newly promoted Farnborough Town next Saturday 6th August- kick off is at 3 pm. Attendance 181

Tudors Man of the Match – Alfie Williams.

Photos by Stephen Fletcher.


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