Hemel Hempstead Town 1 (Parkes 45 mins) Dulwich Hamlet 0
A tight affair in difficult conditions saw Hemel edge themselves into the play off positions thanks to a Jordan Parkes free kick just before the interval, which was enough to separate the two sides.
Both sides has their chances in the first period, though Laurie Walker was the busier keeper saving well on several occasions. One particular stop from Nyren Clunis was top class as the shot from the Dulwich winger dipped and moved in the wind, Walker tipping the ball over the bar.
Scott Shulton had an early shot cleared off the line for The Tudors but Hamlet always looked dangerous on the break and weren’t afraid to get shots in at any opportunity. With the clock ticking down Hemel were awarded a free kick, some 25 yards out and with the wind behind him Jordan Parkes drilled the ball over the wall and into the top corner to give the home side the lead, it was the Tudors Captain 100th goal for the club and what a way to get it !
In the second half and with the wind behind them Dulwich had lots of possession and gave the home fans a few worrying moments, especially down the right where the excellent Clunis caused problems with his pace and delivery. However the visitors couldn’t take advantage of their pressure and too often their final pass let them down, though it has be said Hemel were working very hard to keep them at bay.
The home side had their moments but Dulwich pushed them all the way to the final whistle, with the points ending up at Vauxhall Road, pushing Hemel into 7th place and the play off positions, though it has to be said this league is very tight with only 10 points separating Eastbourne in 14th place and Woking who are second. The Tudors manager, Joe Deeney was pleased with the result and the application shown by his injury hit squad. He hopes to have one or two back for the next fixture at home to National League Premier high flyers Eastleigh in the FA Trophy.
Hemel: Laurie Walker 8 Jacques Kpohomouh 7 Kyle Connolly 7 Jordan Parkes © 7 Darren Ward 9 Ismail Yakubu 7 Kavan Cotter 7 Scott Shulton 7 Steve Cawley 7 Tom Knowles 7 (Ollie Swain 7) Alex Osborn 7 (Jack Snelus 7) Subs not used: Matteo Mendy, Magloire Muyembe, George Waters.
Dulwich : Preston Edwards 7 Taylor Quade 7 Nathan Green 7 Ashley Carew 7 (Nathan Ferguson 7) Cheick Toure 7 Michael Chambers 7 Nyren Clunis 8 Dominic Vose 7 Gavin Tomlin© 7 (Dipo Akinyemi 7) Iffy Allen 7 Sanchez King 7 (Jason Banton 7) Subs not used: Ibrahim Kargbo, Anthony Cook.
Attendance 494 Tudors Man of the Match (Sponsors) : Jordan Parkes