Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Woking 2
Hemel's unbeaten start to the season came to an end as a good Woking side just edged this tight affair, and it all down to them taking their chances. The visitors had the better of the first half hour. Greg Luer fired in a shot from close range that Laurie Walker did well to save and this was replicated when Kane Ferdinand tried his luck from the edge of the box, the ‘in form’ Hemel custodian just getting a hand to his effort. From the resulting corner Max Kretzschmar was given a free header but he could only put it into the arms of the relieved keeper. Hemel mustered their first shot on target after 25 minutes when Billy Clifford fired in from the edge of the box but it was straight at Schotteri who gathered it easily.
After this the Tudors came more into the game. A Jordan Parkes free kick was blocked with ball rebounding back to him, he hit it first time but as it flew goalwards, a defender managed to get a foot to it and it went wide. Just after the half hour mark, Joe Howe got clear on the right after some good build up play and drove the ball across the face of the goal but there just wasn’t a Hemel forward close enough to get the all important touch that it needed to divert it home and it flew wide. Right on half time another Parkes free kick was met by the unmarked Sanchez Watt who not only drilled the ball past Schotteri but also the far post so the sides went in level at the break. A goal then would have almost certainly pushed the Tudors on to get the three points as it was becoming increasingly obvious that the first goal was going to be pivotal in this game
The second period saw Woking sit back more and rely on the counter whilst Hemel huffed and puffed to try and break a well organised defence down. The two defining moments in this period were when Steve Cawley raced clear for Hemel just before the hour mark, he lined his shot up only to see it fly agonisingly past the post with the keeper well beaten. Minutes later Kretzschmar made them pay when he put Woking in front. From our position in line with the player he looked a yard offside when he received the ball but with the linesman some five yards back it wasn’t spotted, Kretzshmar wasn’t going to waste time worrying about a whistle and he slammed it past Walker to make it 1 – 0
It was a bit harsh on Hemel but it turned out to be turning point in the game. As the home side pushed forward the inevitable happened, a long punt down the middle seemed to have been dealt with by Yakubu at the back, but he allowed the ball to run past him and Duanne Ofori-Acheampong took his chance, fending off the defender to race clear and fire it into the roof of the net past a stranded Laurie Walker and it was game over.
1 Laurie walker 8
2 Joe howe 8
3 Kyle Connolly 7
4 Jordan Parkes © 8
5 Tom Hamblin 7
6 Ismail Yakubu 7
8 Billy Clifford 7
9 Karl Oliyide 7 (16 Charlie Sheringham 6)
10 Steve Cawley 8 (12 Phil Roberts 7)
11 Reece Prestidge 7 (14 Alex Osborn 7)
Subs not used 15 James Kaloczi 17 Spencer McCall.
Attendance 613 Match Rating 3/5 Tudors Man of the Match Jordan Parkes