football returns

Dean Brennan
Dean Brennan

Hemel Town opened their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw at Bedford Town on Tuesday night.

Hemel fielded two entirely different teams in each half in front of a crowd of 120 at the Eyrie.

Starting with a strong line up, Hemel dominated proceedings but after a series of missed chances, they only went in to the break with one goal to show for their efforts.

It was Sam Corcoran who gave the Tudors the lead with a smart shot from the edge of the box after 35 minutes.

James Potton was unlucky when he turned sharply in the box and got his shot away but a defender just managed to clear the ball off the line.

The second half saw a less experienced side take the field, whilst Bedford did the opposite with a strong line up.

The visitors should have had a penalty when a defender appeared to ‘take out’ Morgan Ferrier when he was clear on goal but the referee waved away the appeals. The Eagles controlled long periods of the second period and finally got their reward with 10 minutes left with a scruffy equaliser after a mistake at the back.

Hemel almost pinched a win right at the death when a Matt Spring corner was headed back across the goal by Jorrell Johnson. This caused panic and the ball was deflected onto the bar, as the ball flew out it was met by an oncoming forward who also hit the bar with his header when it looked easier to score.

Kings Langley host Hemel on Saturday, kick off 3pm.