Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Weymouth 2
HEMEL Town battled hard but were ultimately left empty-handed as an early red card cost them dearly at Vauxhall Road.
With just 11 minutes on the clock and the game balanced at 0-0, Tudors midfielder Charlie Gorman was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge, and from then on it was always going to be a tough ask for Town to rescue anything from the game.
Weymouth took advantage of their extra man to move 2-0 ahead, and despite Josh Scowan’s goal giving Hemel hope of a revival, the brave fightback counted for nothing.
Tudors boss Tommy Widdrington was please with the way his side stuck to their task, but felt the sending-off was a poor decision.
“Unfortunately it was a result that I don’t think the performance merited,” he said. “I think the red card was harsh at best. Charlie went for the ball and got it. It was a very reactive decision by the referee and I felt for Charlie. He felt responsible for the way the game turned out.”
“But even after the red card, we put them under some sustained pressure and, but for two poor decisions by a defender and goalkeeper, we would have won the game.”
After a good run of form in the cup competitions, Hemel went into the match with renewed optimism – but Gorman’s red card quickly put them on the back foot.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, though, the Tudors looked the more threatening of the two sides and Lewis Toomey and Ross Lafayette both had chances to put the hosts in front.
Early in the second half, however, Wemouth were gifted the chance to take the lead as Matt McEntegart handled the ball in the area, and skipper Warren Byerley had no trouble in despatching the resulting spot-kick.
And the Terras doubled their advantage soon afterwards as Matt Groves poked home the rebound after Nick Bussey had saved Byerley’s initial effort.
Hemel, though, were not about to go down without a fight and were back in the game just one minute later.
Jack Eades found Marvin Williams, and the latter sent in a cross which Scowen slotted home with aplomb.
The ten-man Tudors continued to battle hard in search of an equaliser, but it was not to be for Widdrington’s men and Weymouth went away with the three points.
Despite the defeat, however, the Hemel boss is still bullish about his side’s chances of moving clear of the relegation zone.
“I didn’t have anything to do with how things went at the start of the season but I can guarantee that we won’t be at the bottom of the league by the end of it,” he said.