Three Tudor goals enough for routine win over Crusaders
By Ciaran Morrison
Hemel Hempstead strolled to a comfortable three nil victory over Hungerford Town who as a result fall into the bottom three.
On a cold, wet and windy afternoon the terrible weather summed up the hosts performance. After recent positive performances, especially at home, many were surprised at how poor the hosts were all afternoon. Hemel were in charge from start to finish despite Hungerford’s high press causing problems early on. The visitors Jordan Parkes was instrumental in the win and miscued an early chance before making no mistake from close range minutes later to give Hemel the lead. Rob Sinclair nearly added a quick second but couldn’t get on the end of a low cross. Danilo Orsi-Dadomo side-footed wide from a deep Alfy Whittingham cross. Manager Ian Herring then made a "tactical" switch in order to gain a foothold into the match. The frustrated Richie Whittingham was anchored for James Rusby. However it made little difference when two goals in three minutes were to give the Tudors complete control. Firstly Steve Cawley finished off a fine team move before Herschel Sanchez-Watt tucked home into the corner of the net. Tarik Moore-Azill saved the hosts more embarrassment with a last-ditch challenge on Sinclair when a fourth was looming. Cameron Hargreaves fired over as the Crusaders still searched for a route back into the match. Sanchez-Watt was denied by an excellent Michael Luyambula save before at the other end Orsi-Dadomo had a volley tipped over the bar from Laurie Walker. A goal before the interval could have changed the mood and tide of the match but instead they're was very little to shout about.
After the interval Hemel controlled proceedings looking for a fourth whilst keeping the Crusaders at bay. Sinclair headed over from close range after a through ball from Parkes. A long direct ball found Sanchez-Watt through on goal but Moore-Azill covered well and blocked the shot. Hungerford had some late attempts to salvage a consolation goal. Hargreaves smashed the post, Rusby had a long-range effort tipped round the post by Walker before having a header cleared off the line. Hungerford never looked like clawing back a three goal defecit and must now respond away to Chelmsford next weekend as all the teams around us picked up valuable points.