Brennan hails impressive Tudors after Oxford City triumph

Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan was understandably delighted by his team’s impressive 2-0 victory at high-flying Oxford City on Saturday.

The Tudors welcomed a handful of new signings into the squad for the game, and they got the job done with goals from debutant Graeme Montgomery and centre-forward Oliver Hawkins.

We played the conditions better and there were no individual errors, and that’s what leads to clean sheets and positive results.

Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan

“I thought that the better team won the game to be honest; I thought we defended excellently and created the better of the chances,” said Brennan.

“To win despite having seven players out is a great result and we are delighted with the clean sheet.

“I thought the new lads did really well for us and I was delighted for Monty (Montgomery) to score on his debut.

“Our two centre-backs were excellent on the day, and 21-year-old Kyle Connolly who captained the side playing out of position at right-back did a great job as well.

“Oliver Hawkins was uplayable all day and I thought everyone was at least 7 or 8 out of 10 on the day - that’s what it takes to win football matches in this division. If you’re not on your game, you’re not going to win.”

Brennan had urged his side to bounce back positively following last weekend’s 7-4 defeat to Eastbourne Borough in the FA Trophy, and they did just that.

“I thought we created decent chances all game and Laurie (Walker) made some great saves for them, whereas they only really had one or two chances,” added the Tudors boss.

“We played the conditions better and there were no individual errors, and that’s what leads to clean sheets and positive results.

“We are a good side and when we are on our game we are more than competitive in this division. We just need to get everyone back fit, and the sooner that happens the better the results will be for us.”

Next up for Hemel is a Boxing Day clash with Wealdstone at Vauxhall Road.