Hemel Hempstead Town 2 Stourbridge 0
HEMEL Hempstead Town breathed a collective sigh of relief on Saturday as the Tudors finally picked up their first league win of the season.
Town went into the game against unbeaten high-flyers Stourbridge rooted to the foot of the table, having picked up just two points from their opening seven games.
However, Colin Payne’s Hemel side were in no mood to dwell on their poor form and swept to an impressive victory.
Danny May and Matt McEntegart struck either side of half-time to ensure Hemel bagged all three points and sent the Glassboys home empty-handed.
“We are absolutely delighted to pick up our first win,” said Hemel boss Payne. “Sometimes winning becomes a habit but so does losing.
“We went into the game looking to improve our home record and we did just that with a win and some good performances.
“We’re getting there – we have picked up two clean sheets in a row and are looking a lot more comfortable at the back.”
With pressure mounting on Payne and his team, the Tudors knew they needed a result, and came out of the blocks showing real intent with some fluent football.
New signing Scott Fitzgerald came close to opening the scoring for the hosts, thwarted only by a fine save from Stourbridge keeper Lewis Solly.
But the Tudors did not have to wait long for the opener as May put them in front after 18 minutes.
The right-back pounced on a loose pass and this time there was nothing Solly could do as May’s fierce shot flew past him and into the net.
Clearly buoyed by the goal, Hemel went in search of the second and were denied by the post after top play between Fitzgerald and Liam Malone.
Stourbridge came out after the interval in search of an equaliser, however it was the Tudors who struck the killer blow courtesy of McEntegart.
David Pearce produced a pin-point delivery from the left and McEntegart was on hand to head home and secure the win to the delight of the Vauxhall Road faithful.