FA Cup exit for the Tudors

Action from Hemel Hempstead Town's FA Cup second qualifying round exit at Lowestoft Town. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly
Action from Hemel Hempstead Town's FA Cup second qualifying round exit at Lowestoft Town. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly

Lowestoft Town 3 Hemel Hempstead Town 0

HEMEL Hempstead Town’s recent troubles continued as they were comfortably beaten by Lowestoft Town to end their involvement in this year’s FA Cup.

The Tudors – who are on the hunt for a new manager following Colin Payne’s departure from Vauxhall Road – never looked like causing an upset against Rymans League high-flyers Lowestoft and slipped to a 3-0 defeat under the guidance of coaches Craig Rydeheard and Warren Goodhind.

With the blazing sun making life difficult for the players, it was hosts Lowestoft who made the brighter start of the two sides and took a deserved lead after 10 minutes.

Scott Fitzgerald was the guilty party for the Tudors as he needlessly felled Matt Nolan in the penalty area to allow Joe Francis to net from the spot.

The Tudors continued to commit fouls in dangerous positions and were soon punished again as Lowestoft struck from another set-piece.

With 16 minutes on the clock, Adam Smith floated in a free-kick from the left and Matt Nolan was left unmarked to send his header past Hemel’s helpless keeper Nick Bussey.

The Tudors were struggling against Lowestoft’s incisive attacking play and could have fallen further behind, but Francis sent his effort just wide of the post.

The hosts continued to press and were rewarded with a third goal in the 38th minute.

Michael Frew played in Nolan, and his powerfully-struck effort flew into the top corner to effectively end the game as a contest.

To their credit, the Tudors came out after half-time with more purpose and managed to produce a couple of good efforts.

Ryan Blake sent a header looping onto the roof of the net before Dave Pearce saw his volley well-saved by Lowestoft keeper Andy Reynolds.

With the damage already done, though, the Tudors could not find a way back into the game and will have to wait until next year for another shot at a prolonged FA Cup adventure.