Arlesey Town 3 Hemel Town 0
HEMEL Town’s chances of survival were dealt a massive blow on Tuesday night as they were beaten by 10-man Arlesey Town.
Going into the match, Tudors boss Mark Eaton had claimed that the club had ‘10 cup finals’ remaining this season, but Hemel certainly finished the game as runners-up against Arlesey.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the first half, but even the numerical advantage could not stop Hemel from slipping to the heavy defeat against one of their relegation rivals.
The win takes Arlesey out of the relegation zone on goal difference, while Hemel remain in 21st place – eight points adrift of safety.
Hemel would have fancied themselves to take something from the game – and in truth it is games against the likes of Arlesey that they need to be winning if they are to stand any chance of beating the drop.
They were given a boost early on in the game against their Bedfordshire hosts as Jordan Patrick was sent off in the first half for violent conduct in an off the ball incident with Hemel’s Matt McEntegart.
But as has been the case too frequently for the Tudors this season, a poor second half display saw them come away from the game empty-handed.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, Hemel were undone by a 52nd minute set-piece as Nathan Frater headed home a corner at the back post to put Arlesey in front.
And the hosts doubled their advantage 15 minutes later.
Anton Goss picked up a wayward pass before jinking past a defender and firing home at the near post.
Hemel knew they faced an uphill struggle from there, and things went from bad to worse for the visitors just three minutes later.
Arlesey skipper Derek Brown collected the ball from a corner and fed Chris Marsh who lashed home from 25 yards to put the result beyond doubt.
The Tudors must now regroup quickly as they welcome Frome Town to Vauxhall Road on Saturday.
Frome currently sit in 13th place in the league table, 11 points above Hemel.