Oxford City 5 Hemel Hempstead Town 0
The Tudors unbeaten run came to an end with a bang as Oxford City finally found out how to score goals. In the previous two games they gave Hemel problems but had no end product, this time however it was a different story and they deserved to progress on to Round One of The FA Cup with the reward of an attractive tie away at League Two side Tranmere Rovers.
The first 20 minutes were somewhat cagey but City looked to have a bit more pace and urgency about them in the early moments of the game.
They had a decent chance on 15 minutes when Hemel failed to clear their lines and Josh Ashby was allowed a free shot on goal but he failed to keep the ball down and it flew high and wide.
Oxford went in front after 20 minutes when Godwin-Malife found himself in space from a corner, he headed the ball downwards and Laurie Walker managed to parry the effort but it was scrambled over the line by the same player, there was a suspicion of handball but the referee saw nothing and awarded the goal.
The goal seemed to wake Hemel from their slumbers and they pushed forward with more purpose.
Steve Cawley got on the end of an excellent Kavan Cotter cross and was clearly impeded as he got in front of his man. The City defender appeared to pull Cawley back as he shot, causing the ball to fly over the bar with the goal begging. Once again the officials gave nothing, though the referee did look to his linesman for help but he kept his flag down much to the anger of the Tudor faithful.
Another good move down the right saw the ball fly across the face of the goal, Jordan Parkes missed his kick but it ended up with Kyle Connolly who hit it first time but once again, it went over the bar.
A Jordan Parkes free kick was met in the six yard area by Tom Hamblin but he headed wide and it looked like it could be one of those days for the visitors. City were happy to hear the half time whistle at the point and were grateful that their lead remained intact.
Hemel lost Kyle Connolly at half time to injury and he was replaced by Joe Howe and Hemel took up where they left off, by taking the game to Oxford. A defining moment came after 51 minutes when Billy Clifford was brought down on the edge of the area. It looked all set for a Parkes special and he curled his free kick over the wall, it looked to be heading into the top corner but Craig King just got a hand to it and pushed it over the bar.
Joe Howe then had a decent effort saved by King and from his throw City broke with pace, Zac McEachran played a quick one/two before rounding Walker to put his side two up. It was harsh on The Tudors and very much against the run of play. They huffed and puffed but failed to trouble King after this and things got a lot worse when a misplaced clearance by Walker was pounced on by Fasenmade who raced in on goal and planted the ball into the corner to put the tie to bed at 3 – 0.
City where now playing with a swagger and their pace was starting to cause problems for Hemel’s deflated defence. Kyran Wiltshire made it 4 – 0 on 79 minutes when he arrived unmarked at the back post and deep into injury time Rob Sinclair added insult to injury by scoring a fifth, after he ran almost unchallenged into the box before clipping the ball past Walker.
A sad end to what had promised so much, the final score was very harsh on The Tudors but it just wasn’t to be and with Tom Hamblin and Kyle Connolly joining a growing injury list the Tudor Army will be hoping that some reinforcements can be brought in as the squad is very stretched, with once again, three academy lads on the bench.
1: Walker 2: Cotter 3: Connolly (Howe) 4: Parkes 5: Hamblin (Yakubu)) 6: Ward © 7: Kaloczi 8: Clifford (Mendy) 9:Oliyide 10:Roberts 11:Cawley