Banbury United 0 Hemel Town 0
HEMEL Town’s five-match losing streak came to an end on Saturday as the Tudors recorded a 0-0 draw at high-flying Banbury United.
The hosts went into the match on a run of four straight victories, while Hemel had picked up just a solitary point at the start of the Evo-Stik League Southern campaign – but it was the Tudors who had the better of the chances to win the game.
Colin Payne’s side hit the woodwork twice on their way to the point, but despite some encouraging signs, the Tudors now find themselves propping up the league table after Swindon Supermarine’s victory over St Albans City.
After the early exchanges, Hemel were making a mockery of their lowly league position, dictating proceedings against their lofty opponentts.
Liam Malone forced Banbury keeper Andy Kemp into action at the start of the half, before Scott Fitzgerald struck the upright with a smart volley from the edge of the box.
Malone was again thwarted by Kemp as the half drew to a close, with Hemel searching desperately for the elusive opining goal.
The hosts found their feet in the contest after the interval, and Will Green flashed a shot past the far post after robbing Hemel’s Bill Morgan.
But it was Hemel, again, who came agonisingly close to scoring as Louis Toomey saw his effort come back off the woodwork.
The Town forward’s shot was tipped onto the upright by Kemp, before ricocheting back off the other goalpost.
There was a growing sense that it was not to be Hemel’s day, and Banbury almost snatched all three points in stoppage time.
Simeon Williams put Green through on goal, but the striker’s first touch was too strong and Town keeper Nick Bussey was quickly out to smother the ball and secure a point for the Tudors.
Town will be hoping to build on the performance by picking up their first win of the season at home to unbeaten Stourbridge on Saturday.
Stourbridge currently sit third in the league, having picked up four wins and three draws from their opening seven fixtures.