Hemel Town produced a classy pre-season display as they confidently dispatched Southern Premier Division side Hungerford Town at Bulpit Lane.
Returning to the ground where they clinched the Southern League title last season, Hemel were again the better side in an entertaining game, and secured the win with two goals early in the second half.
Both sides used large squads for the game, and it was a largely even first half, with Tudors keeper Laurie Walker producing the best stop of the opening 45 minutes.
It was Hungerford who should have gone in front shortly after the break, but they squandered a glorious opportunity at the back post and were soon made to pay for the miss.
New signing James Potton, who was a prolific goalscorer at Chesham United last season, headed home from a free-kick to put the Tudors in front, and a second goal arrived just four minutes later.
Again it came from a perfectly flighted free-kick, but this time it was Ollie Thorne who headed the ball hone.
Alan 0’Brien came on for Hungerford and showed his pace with good attacks down the wing, but twice his crosses were too long and the Hemel defence held on fairly comfortably to their two-goal lead.
Charlie M’pi looked lively for Hemel at the other end, in what was a satisfying afternoon’s work for Dean Brennan’s Tudors.
Next up for Hemel is a clash with Reading U21 at Vauxhall Road tomorrow night, 7.30pm kick-off.
They then travel to Royston Town on Wednesday, before hosting AFC Hornchurch the following evening.