Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Truro City 1
Truro City earned themselves a massive point and one they just about deserved in a forgettable game that meant far more to the visitors, who were languishing in the bottom three before kick-off, than it did to the Tudors who were tucked safely in 14th place.
The first half saw city start well and create some decent chances, Niall Thompson blazed the ball over the bar as early as the first minute after being put in behind Hemel’s back line and that was pretty much the story of the half, with Truro playing neat and tidy football with little or no cutting edge. They were made to pay for this when Hemel took the lead somewhat against the run of play when Tom Hamblin guided a header home from a Jordan Parkes corner after 23 minutes.
That was just about it as far as chances went in the first period and the second followed in much the same way. Truro huffed and puffed but created nothing whilst Hemel relied on the rare counter attack. They probably should have extended their lead when Danny Rowe raced clear on the hour mark but his first touch let him down and Alexis Junior closed him down.
As the clock ticked down, most Hemel fans were looking at their watches, knowing that, despite defending against a toothless attack, their side were more than capable of presenting them with an opportunity to equalise.
Just when it looked as though they would hang on to the points and with only a minute remaining the inevitable happened. Hemel conceded a sloppy free kick. It was some distance out, on the right hand touch line so it shouldn’t have really caused a problem but as the ball was fired into the box, it evaded everyone except an unmarked Jared Lewington, who rose and joyfully headed the ball past Laurie walker to give City a share of the spoils, much to the delight of a decent band of Cornishmen behind Laurie Walkers goal.
There were one or two worries but the Tudors held on and in the end it petered out and the spoils were shared. Truro moving themselves out of the bottom three and Hemel remaining fixed in 14th place.
Hemel : Laurie Walker 7 Joe Howe 6 (Darren Ward 6) Kyle Connolly 6 Jordan Parkes © 6 Jacques Kpohomouh 7 Tom Hamblin 8 Keiran Monlouis (Randall 6) 6 Kavan Cotter 6 Arel Amu 6 Sanchez Watt 6 (Jason Williams 6) Daniel Rowe 6 Subs not used : Jack Snelus, Danny Boness.
Truro : Alexis Junior 7 Billy Palfrey (Brandon Diau 6) 6 Connor Riley-Lowe 6 Nick Grimes 6 Jamie Richards © 6 Niall Thompson 6 Jason Banton 6 (Austin Booth 6) River Allen 6 Dan Rooney 6 Tyler Harvey 6 Jared Lewington 7 Subs not used : Harvey Rivers, Harry Warwick, Ben Rowthorn.
Match Rasting 2/5 Referee : Richard Gardner. Crowd 436 Man of the Match : Tom Hamblin (Hemel)