Hemel Hempstead Town 0 MK Dons 1
Pre-season friendly at Vauxhall Road
The Tudors suffered their first defeat under new Manager Sammy Moore but it came against a very strong MK Dons side who were also unbeaten pre-season.
Hemel looked a bit nervous to start with and the Dons had lots of early possession but didn’t really create too many clear cut chances, which was largely down to the hard work and covering by the Tudors back four who are already showing signs of being a very tight outfit. As the half wore on the home side grew in confidence and they started creating some decent opportunities themselves.
Tyrone Sterling tried a speculative overhead kick that flew just wide and Alex Wall brought the first save of note out of Stuart Moore who saved well at his near post. Hemel then had a chance just before the break after a Dons defender blocked a shot with his hand, just outside the box but Walls free kick smashed into the wall and was cleared.
The second half started slowly but was brought to life by a superb individual goal by Dons sub Dylan Asonganyi, he picked the ball up just inside the Hemel half and drove towards goal, with the Tudors backline retreating he tricked his way to the edge of the box before unleashing a drive into the corner, leaving Beasant no chance.
This didn’t open up the floodgates despite a short period of MK pressure and once again, Hemel started to trouble their back four. Liam Nash had a shot deflected just wide before the impressive Wall brought a great save out of Dons keeper Moore, forcing him to tip the ball over the bar. In the end both sides made several changes and the game lost its momentum, with the League One outfit comfortably seeing out the remaining minutes.
All in all, another impressive display by The Tudors in front of a healthy crowd. Manager Sammy Moore will be hoping for more of the same against near neighbours Berkhamsted on Saturday for the final friendly before the big kick off.
Hemel : 1: Sam Beasant 2: Tosan Popo 3: Craig Braham-Barrett (12: Jack Midson) 4: Luke Howell 5: Connor Essam © 6: Tyrone Sterling (15: Mitch Dickenson) 7: Isaac Galliford 8: Jake Howells (16: Jacques Kpohomouh) 9: Alex Wall (18: Munashe Sundrie) 10: Liam Nash 11: Sam Ashford (14: Lucas Perry) Sub not used 17: Danny Boness.
Attendance 506 Tudors Man of the Match : Alex Wall