LEWES FC 2 HEMEL TOWN 2
Both sides are in Monday's draw for the 1st Round of the FA Trophy as Hemel failed to capitalise on a 2-0 lead. On a dreary day in Sussex it was pretty much end to end stuff from the off, and Lewes fired a warning shot in the first minute as their strike just cleared Walkers' bar. The Tudors, being a League above, had plenty of possession but the home side looked very dangerous on the break with some very slick passing.
Hemel's first real chance came as Parkes and Sinclair combined well, but Cawley couldn't get enough on Sinclair's cross to cause their keeper any trouble. After half an hour it was clear that this tie could go either way, but it was Hemel who struck first as a perfect cross by Connolly was headed home by Cawley for 1-0. The second half couldn't have started better for the Tudors as Shulton picked up the ball from a throw-in and shot from a tight angle, only for Cawley's touch to direct it into the bottom corner for 2-0.
Lewes continued to try to find a way back into the game but, Hemel looked comfortable as the home side lacked any end product despite some good build up play. Then, on 74 minutes the Rooks pulled one back and all of a sudden the last 20 odd minutes looked somewhat precarious. Following that goal Hemel seemed to sit too deep, inviting Lewes to come at them, instead of pressing further up the pitch. Three minutes of injury-time was announced and Tudors fans found themselves breathing a huge sigh when the Lewes relief keeper who was up for the corner, came very close with an unchallenged header that just went wide of the post.
With less than a minute left it looked like the visitors had weathered the storm but then they gave away possession instead of just keeping the ball and it proved costly as the resulting low cross was buried by Lewes Bermudian International Jonte Smith, with literally seconds to go to earn his side a deserved replay. There was just time to re-start before the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the game.
So we have to do it all again at Vauxhall Road on Tuesday night in the replay. Just to rub salt into the wounds a group of Hemel's most loyal fans broke down on the M25 on the way home and had to endure a three hour wait before finally arriving home very late on Saturday night, oh the joys of following The Tudors !
Hemel 1: Laurie Walker 2:SCott Shulton 3:Kyle connolly 4:Jordan Parkes (c) 5:Darren Ward 6:Ismail Yakubu 7:Alex Osborn 8:James Kaloczi 9:Steve Cawley 10:Rob Sinclair 11:Jack Snelus
Subs George Nolan, Sydney bie, Karl Oliyide,George Paulin (GK)