Evesham United 2 Hemel Town 2
HEMEL Town registered their first point under new manager Mark Eaton, but they could and perhaps should have had more against fellow strugglers Evesham United.
New signing Keiron Schmidt gave Hemel an early lead, but once again it was a case of missed chances and defensive errors which prevented the Tudors from picking up all three points.
Hemel dominated the opening half an hour and could have added to their tally, but Evesham struck back two minutes before half-time through Ben Pugh.
And things looked bleak for the Tudors as the hosts took the lead with less than 15 minutes left when Henry Eze fired home.
To Hemel’s credit, though, they did not let their heads drop and forced an equaliser just three minutes later through Ross Lafayette.
Both sides knew how important three points would be in the fight to avoid relegation, but with no further goals, the game ended all square.
Hemel boss Eaton says he was encouraged by his side’s performance, but viewed the result as two points dropped.
“Overall I was relatively pleased but we should have won,” he said.
“It is disappointing that we didn’t get all three points because we deserved it in terms of the balance of the game and the chances which we had.
“The point isn’t good enough but the performance level was an improvement. We showed good character when we went 2-1 down.
“I sensed a real shift in the belief of the players and they all put in a relatively decent performance.
“Evesham isn’t the easiest place to go, but having said that, we’ve told the players that we’ve got to start getting points on the board.”
Eaton has been busy shaping his squad in the short time he has been at Vauxhall Road, and a number of new acquisitions arrived over the course of the last week.
Following the signings of Nick Beasant and Rob Haworth, Schmidt joined from Aylesbury FC while Brad Harrison has signed from Potters Bar Town.
Former Tudors favourite Dennis Fenemore is also back at the club following his departure last season.
Going the other way are Ellis Remi and Marvin Hamilton Omole who have both followed Tommy Widdrington to Eastbourne Borough. Ryan O’Hara has also departed, while Ryan Blake heads to Aylesbury FC on a month’s loan.
And Eaton knows what he needs to focus on with his new look side.
“We aren’t scoring enough goals, and we have a liability to concede when we are on top of the game,” he said. “There’s always going to be mistakes at this level but we’ve got to try and eradicate them.”