Goals from Charlie Sheringham and Spencer McCall saw Hemel take the 3 points in difficult conditions at Vauxhall Road. The Tudors welcomed back former favourite Dave Pearce for the first time since leaving the club but he was unable to influence his current side who stay in the relegation zone after this defeat. It was clear was the start that it wasn’t going to be easy playing any football with “Storm Brian” lashing across the pitch. Hemel took the lead after 22 minutes when Kaloczi and Parkes combined to set up Charlie Sheringham who turned his marker and fired home from the edge of the area. Sheringham, who was working the channels well, almost set up Tom Day with a cross from the right but Day put his header inches wide. Tudors skipper Parkes did well to steal the ball on the left hand side and with City keeper Jack Stevens off his line he lobbed the ball goalwards but the wind just took it wide of the mark.
The Tudors doubled their lead early in the second half with a well taken goal by home debutant Spencer McCall who cut inside and fired the ball past Stevens, the ball just squeezing in between the post and the City keepers out stretched hand. Minutes later Parkes crashed the ball against the bar before Oxford were given a lifeline, the referee awarding a penalty just after the hour mark, when Walker was somewhat harshly adjudged to have fouled Horatio Hurst. Reece Fleet stepped up but Walker saved superbly. After this, Hemel saw the game out after this to move up to sixth place and in among the play off spots, leaving City in the bottom three.
Hemel : Walker (8) Joe Howe (8) Tom Day (8) (Matt Spring 7) Jordan Parkes © (8)
(Alex Osborn 7) Lloyd Doyley (8) Ismail Yakubu (8) James Kaloczi (8) (David Moyo
7) Scott Shulton (9) Kyle Connolly (8) Charlie Sheringham (8) Spencer McCall (8)
Subs not used Callum Driver, Danny Boness.
Oxford City : Jack Stevens (7) Eddie Jones (7) Christian Navarro(7) Godfrey Poku
(7) (Miles Welch-Hayes 7) Lee Henderson © (8) Joe Oastler (7) Reece Fleet (8)
Matt Paterson (6) (Zac McEachran (7) Ezra Forde (6) (Horatio Hurst 7) Dave
Subs not used Freddie Grant, Jack Hutton.
Referee Jacob Miles
Match rating 4/5 Man of the match Scott Shulton (Hemel)