Battered Bury are overwhelmed by Tudors tide as Hemel Hempstead march on in FA Cup


FA Cup opponents St Margaretsbury were quick out of the blocks against Hemel Hempstead, but after some early scares the Tudors clicked into freescoring mode and ran out comfortable 7-0 victors.

Tudors hit the woodwork in the opening minutes but soon after the home side would have taken the lead but for some smart work by Laurie Walker who was quick off his line to keep them at bay.

Ollie Thorne had time and space to pick his spot with a low drive when an 18th minute corner was poorly cleared to open the scoring, but not long after he was given his marching orders along with Bury’s Charlie Edwards after a confrontation on the edge of the box.

Just before half-time, a Hemel free kick was met by David King who rose and headed goalwards, only to see Alex Smits in the home goal, who had already pulled of a string of good saves, push his effort on to the post.

The unlucky keeper couldn’t prevent the ball rolling across the goal to the waiting Ben Mackey who slotted it into an empty net, and moments later his defence pressed the self destruct button as Dave Hutton robbed Steve Barker on the edge of the box and fired home.

With the Tudors 3-0 up at the break the second period was pretty much one way traffic as a demoralised Bury side tired and struggled with the pace and movement of the visitors.

They were soon four goals down as Lewis Toomey got onto the end of another save by Smits to slot home.

Toomey then found himself unmarked at the far post to score the fifth with a well placed header before turning provider for Mackey who made no mistake from close range. Substitute Jordan Parkes rifled home the seventh in the dying seconds of the game.