An 83rd minute Jordan Parkes penalty condemned the Hawks to another frustrating draw at Westleigh Park following a bright performance. The game started with a 2 minutes silence and a bugler playing the Last Post before manager Lee Bradbury presented Ryan Woodford his 200-appearance shirt after reaching the feet in last week’s 1-0 win. The big team news saw Matt Tubbs getting his first full start since his Weymouth loan along with Theo Widdrington coming into the starting lineup.
The Hawks would have the first opportunity of the game after 2 minutes as a corner into the penalty are finds Widdrington who’s stretched flick forced a fine save out of Hemel goalkeeper Laurie Walker tipping the ball over the bar. And 12 minutes later it would be Widdrington again who would come close for the Hawks as his free kick from 25 yards following a foul on Matt Tubbs. From the responding set piece his curling effort went just over.
With the half hour mark approaching the Hawks had another effort as Widdrington, the instigator for the major opportunities breaks before crossing the ball into Prior, his shot deflected before Tarbuck had a go which went over the crossbar. And with half time approaching, the Hawks looked like the side on top with first a Wes Fogden curling effort on the edge of the penalty forcing a good save again out of Laurie Walker.
6 minutes before half time the Hawks found their break through as a corner finds Woodford at the back post whose header is cleared off the line only as far as Strugnell who sees his effort cleared only as far as Woodford again who slots home from close range, not being asked twice to cap of a memorable week with a goal.
And just before the break the Hawks tried to double their advantage as Fogden played in Jason Prior whose shot is deflected going out for a corner. The Hawks would go into Half time in front.
HALF TIME: Hawks 1-0 Hemel Hempstead
In the same vain as the first period, the Hawks would have the first chance of the second half as from a corner Ed Harris came rising for a header which would be an easy take for Walker in the Hemel goal. 10 minutes later a Williams corner is meet by Dan Strugnell whose pin point header went just wide of the target.
The next 20 minutes the game took a state of stagnation with chances being few and far between many being of any note. But during that period a concern drew for the Hawks as Bradley Tarbuck limped off the field of play after twice needing medical attention, he would be replaced by Theo Lewis.
12 minutes from time and Hemel Hempstead had their first key chance of the second half as Yakubu’s headed effort from a corner went just over much to the Hawks’ relief.
But that relief would not last long as the Hawks conceded a penalty in the 82nd Minute with goalkeeper Ryan Young going in the book. Up stepped Parkes who slotted the ball into the bottom left to draw the Tudors level.
FULL TIME: Hawks 1-1 Hemel Hempstead
And that would be the way it finished with the Hawks disappointed that they didn’t take all 3 points from the encounter with Lee Bradbury’s side looking to make their fine away form count as they face East Thurrock away next Saturday.