Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Brentwood Town 0
HEMEL Town were held to a 0-0 draw in a cagey FA Cup first qualifying round tie with Brentwood at Vauxhall Road.
With neither side creating many clear-cut chances, a draw was a fair result – although Charlie Gorman was unlucky not to win the game for the Tudors in stoppage time as his effort cannoned back off the post.
The two sides are now ready to do battle in the replay at Brentwood tonight.
Saturday’s match was played in memory of two Tudors stalwarts – former vice chairman Chris Brooks and former vice president Laurie McParland who both sadly passed away this year.
After a cautious opening, the first real chance of the game fell to Brentwood’s Emmanuel Osei who shot straight at Hemel keeper Nick Bussey.
Hemel then began to press, with Lewis Toomey and the impressive Gorman both threatening the visiting defence.
Brentwood’s best chance of the game came shortly after half-time as Osei latched on to a mis-placed back pass from Danny May, but the forward sliced his effort horribly wide.
Hemel, relieved to have been let off the hook, pressed for the winner , with livewire Dave Pearce denied by a fine save.
Bussey then produced a magnificent stop at the other end to keep out Dean Green, before Gorman looked to have won the game for the Tudors.
The former Levy Green man surged into the area and hit a crisp drive which pinged back off the upright moments before the full-time whistle.
“It wasn’t a fantastic spectacle, we didn’t play that well but we put them under good pressure at the end,” said Hemel boss Colin Payne.
“It was a fair result to be honest – we cancelled each other out in the first half.
“They set their stall out by putting 10 men behind the ball. I thought they might have been a bit more adventurous.
“I think they will come at us a bit more in the replay.”