On a dull, rainy day the Tudors travelled to south-east London to play the former National League side at Park View Road, where they welcomed back goal-keeper Jamie Butler after his relatively short stay at National League side Braintree Town. Despite Jamie’s return to between the sticks the Tudors once again made it hard for themselves by going a goal down in the first ten minutes when home forward Adam Coombes drilled his shot past the Hemel defence.
This was followed by a harsh yellow card for Sam Corcoran for an alleged elbow into home side’s midfielder shoulder, after which Adam Coombes doubled his tally and Welling’s with a wonderful cross shot on the Hemel right flank. hitting his effort into the bottom right hand of the Hemel net.
Joint managers Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard gave a short sharp talk at half-time, as the players emerged from their dressing room well before the home side came out for the second half.
With the Tudors needing a hero up stepped Jack Kelly, who scored his first Tudors goal some ten minutes after the restart, running through on the left wing to cut inside the defence before powering in his left foot drive past the home keeper. Just two more minutes elapsed when the home keeper flapped at a high ball to leave Jake Robinson the simplest of tasks to level the scores.
The winner duly arrived with just three minutes remaining of normal time after Jake Robinson expertly put James Potton through on goal on the inside right channel. James, with a defender just behind him, saw the keeper coming off his goal-line and deftly chipped him to claim three points for the Tudors. Former Tudor Jamie Slabber then made the briefest of appearances following Dan Walker’s earlier entrance in this game.
Joint manager Stuart Maynard heaped praise for this win to the Tudors courage and determination from being two goals down at the half-way point.
The Tudors now travel the shortest of distances to face local rivals St. Albans City in the evening of Tuesday 12th September, with kick-off at Clarence Park at 19:45pm.