Didcot Town 3 Hemel Town 2
HEMEL Town’s four-match winning run came to an end as the Tudors were edged out in an enthralling pre-season friendly at Didcot Town.
In a highly-competitive encounter, the hosts created the first chance of the game, but Lance Williams could only volley his effort over the bar.
Didcot keeper Marco Belloli was then forced into action to deny Alex Campana with a fine save, but it was the Railwaymen who opened the scoring on the half hour mark.
Lance Williams and Morgan Williams combined to set up James Clarke, and he netted from close range.
It did not take long for the hosts to extend their lead, with Elliot Osbourne-Ricketts converting a twice-taken penalty after he had been brought down in the box.
That seemed to spark Hemel into life, however, and Dean Brennan’s side reduced the lead almost immediately through in-form Dave Pearce.
And it was not long before the Tudors drew level as Charles Mpi blasted home moments after half-time.
Didcot were not to be denied the win, though, and Clarke netted the winner after the hosts were awarded a soft penalty following a challenge on Morgan Williams.
The Tudors have the chance to bounce back quickly from the loss, however, as they face an MK Dons XI at Vauxhall Road tomorrow night, 7.30pm k/o.
They then host a Reading XI on Tuesday, 7.45pm start.