Hampton and Richmond 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
There are games throughout the season that have to be “won ugly” where the team doesn’t quite fire on all cylinders but still manage to grind out a result, this was one of those games and also one that The Tudors probably would have lost last season so full credit has to be given to Sammy Moore’s new look squad. He was still without his preferred front two of Alex Wall and Ricardo German who both had to sit this game out through injury and was also missing expectant father Jake Howells so it was another re-jigged side that took to the field on a blustery day in Hampton.
Hemel made a slow start to proceedings and after a very quiet opening 25 minutes they found themselves a goal down when Tyrone Lewthwaite superbly controlled a cross from Tom Jelly before driving it past Sam Beasant in the Tudors goal.
This seemed to lift the visitors and they were soon back in the game just ten minutes later when Skipper Connor Essam was quickest to react to a loose ball before firing a low drive past former Hemel favourite Laurie Walker. Hemel took the lead early on in the second period when a through ball put Sam Ashford clear and he made no mistake, tucking the ball calmly past the advancing Walker.
They could have put the game to bed on the hour mark when Isaac Galliford tested Walker, who made a superb save, pushing the ball away which was then cleared.
The Tudors like to make things difficult for themselves though and they were reduced to ten men for the second game running when debutant Josh Wallen was shown a second yellow card for handball. There was just time for Hampton to launch another attack and Dean Inman almost rescued a point for the Beavers but his powerful header glanced off the top of the bar and away for a goal kick.
In the end Hemel will be happy with the three points and will be hoping for some positive injury news before Tuesday tough game against Dulwich Hamlet at Vauxhall Road on Tuesday evening. Hamlet have recruited well in the summer and are currently joint top with three wins out of three.
SQUAD: 1. Sam Beasant 2. Jacques Kpohomouh 3. Craig Braham-Barrett 4. Luke Howell 5. Connor Essam 16. Tyrone Sterling 7. liam Nash 8. Tosan Popo (Josh Wallen) 9. Sam Ashford 10. Jack Midson 11. Isaac Galliford (Munashe Sundire)
Subs Not Used: 14 Sydney Ibie 17. Danny Boness
Also, on another positive note baby Ronnie Cruz Howells was delivered on Saturday and everyone at Hemel Hempstead Town FC would like to wish Jake and his wife all our congratulations !