Tudors maintain perfect start with victory over Weston-Super-Mare

Hemel Town strike partners Jamie Slabber and Oliver Hawkins. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel Town strike partners Jamie Slabber and Oliver Hawkins. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
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Hemel Town FC continued their 100 per cent start to the National League South campaign with a 4-2 win over Weston-Super-Mare at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday.

Hemel were searching for their third straight win at the start of the new season, and they got off to a flying start with two goals inside the opening five minutes.

James Potton opened the scoring in Hemel Town's win at Weston-Super-Mare. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

James Potton opened the scoring in Hemel Town's win at Weston-Super-Mare. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

The Tudors opened the scoring through skipper James Potton, who lashed a shot into the top corner past Weston keeper Luke Purnell with two minutes played.

It took only a matter of moments for Hemel to double their lead through centre-forward Oliver Hawkins, who tapped in Jamal Lowe’s cross from close range after Ollie Barnes lost possession 20 yards from goal.

The Seagulls almost mustered an immediate response, but Tristan Plummer’s 12-yard effort was well saved by Jamie Butler in the Hemel goal.

After the break, Weston continued to press forward, and missed a clear chance to narrow the margin on 58 minutes when an unmarked Jacob Cane headed wide from Ben Withey’s cross.

James Potton opened the scoring in Hemel Town's win at Weston-Super-Mare. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

James Potton opened the scoring in Hemel Town's win at Weston-Super-Mare. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

And the hosts were immediately punished when Jamie Edge lost out to Matt Spring 40 yards from goal. The former Luton Town midfielder advanced forwards before unleashing a fierce strike that went in off the far post with Purnell helpless once again.

The Seagulls swiftly responded through Clayton Fortune’s deflected long range effort on 64 minutes, but any thoughts of a comeback were quickly quashed when Spring once again fired home from range to make it 4-1 with 20 minutes to play.

There was time for Weston to score again through Ben Withey, while Hemel’s Michael Richens was dismissed harshly for kicking the ball away when already on a booking, but the Tudors held on well to maintain their excellent start to the season.

Next up for Hemel is a home clash with Maidstone United at Vauxhall Road on Tuesday night.