Comrades hit for six as the Tudors run riot

Action from Hemel Hempstead Town's clash with Berkhamsted in the St Marys Cup. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly.
Action from Hemel Hempstead Town's clash with Berkhamsted in the St Marys Cup. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly.

Hemel Hempstead Town 6 Berkhamsted 0

HEMEL Town booked their place in the semi-final of the St Marys Cup with a crushing 6-0 victory over Dacorum rivals Berkhamsted.

Tommy Widdrington put out a strong Tudors line-up, and the home side outclassed the Comrades to set up a clash with Levy Green in the semis.

Braces from Ross Lafayette and Ryan O’Hara, as well as singles from Lewis Toomey and Marvin Williams, did the damage in a result which maintains Widdrington’s unbeaten start to life in the Vauxhall Road hot-seat.

The Tudors were on top from the off, and after Michael Alexis and Toomey went close, Lafayette broke the deadlock from an O’Hara corner after 13 minutes.

And the lead was doubled less than a minute later as Toomey robbed Berko keeper Ed Farmer before slotting into an empty net.

The Comrades were struggling to deal with Hemel’s fluency, and Tyler Hatherley’s long range effort was all they could muster going forward.

The Tudors were looking confident and classy in possession, and O’Hara put the result beyond doubt 10 minutes before the interval as he beat Farmer at his near post with a deflected drive.

There was no let-up for Berko after the break, and Lafayette doubled his personal tally to make it 4-0 with a crisp 50th minute strike.

And a fifth goal came shortly after as O’Hara netted from Lafayette’s cut-back

Toomey then saw an effort blocked on the line by Lewis Rodrigoe, before Hemel keeper Mike McEntegart kept out a rare Berko effort from Ashley Harewood-Williams.

Hemel continued to pour forward in search of a sixth goal, and it duly came after 76 minutes as Ryan Blake set up Williams to complete the rout and send the Tudors flying through to the next round of the competition.