Preview: League leaders Hemel gear up for a trip to in-form Stourbridge

Lewis Toomey in action for Hemel Town. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Lewis Toomey in action for Hemel Town. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

There is an exciting Calor League Southern Premier Division game in store tomorrow as Hemel Hempstead Town travel to Stourbridge for a clash of the league’s two in-form teams.

The table-topping Tudors are currently enjoying a three-game winning run, while fourth-placed Stourbridge have gone five games without a loss.

Hemel are now on 99 league goals this season, overtaking the club’s best ever tally of 98 goals scored in the 1999/2000 season during their Isthmian League era.*

Since Hemel suffered two consecutive defeats at the hands of Bideford and Frome, Dean Brennan’s side have gone on to score 18 goals in their last three league games, winning all three.

The stand-out result was a 6-1 win at Truro a fortnight ago, with skipper Jordan Parkes and striker Lewis Toomey scoring a hat-trick apiece.

The Tudors boast a good record against Stourbridge since the two sides first met in 2008 – in 10 league meetings Hemel have only lost once and that was four years ago.

Football statistics and predictions website betstatz.com believes that tomorrow’s match will be a close contest, and suggests that a draw could be on the cards.

“This game has the makings of a classic,” said betstatz Owner Nick Gelis. “On the one hand, Stourbridge have recently hit a run of great form and are currently the most in-form team in the Calor League, based on their last five games.

“Having scored 14 in the last three games it is also no surprise to see they have the seventh best current form across Europe.

“On the other hand, Hemel currently have the best away form in the Calor and still have the best attack rate across Europe, with 99 goals.

“Therefore the stats for both teams suggest it could be a tight game, with plenty of goals. This weekend’s prediction is; Draw, over 3.5 goals and a correct score of 1-1 at H/T.”

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*Stats courtesy of Marc Willmore. For more Hemel stats visit the Tudors archive at www.hhtfc.co.uk and follow @thearchivehhtfc on Twitter.