Frome Town 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 1
ROSS Lafayette salvaged a point for Hemel in the dying seconds at Frome to ensure Tommy Widdrington’s unbeaten start as Tudors boss goes on.
After a largely uneventful first 90 minutes, the game sprung into life in stoppage time as Frome took the lead and looked certain to secure the three points.
While Ryan Bennett was credited with the goal, it appeared as though it may in fact have been Lafayette who got the final touch – but the Hemel man made up for the error in dramatic fashion.
With just seconds remaining, Hemel’s Lewis Toomey pulled the ball back from the dead ball line, and Lafayette headed home at the near post to rescue a point for his side.
While Hemel still sit at the foot of the league table, they can take encouragement from the gutsy display.
“I was delighted that we showed the character not to let the game go so late on,” said Tudors boss Widdrington.
“Hemel had struggled to stay in games away from home earlier this season so I’m pleased with the response.”
In a game of few chances, Hemel keeper Nick Bussey produced a good save from Kris Miller after 25 minutes, before new Tudors signing Josh Scowan came close with a long range piledriver.
Frome were perhaps lucky not to be reduced to ten men after a high tackle by Tom Evans on Marquin Smith, but with little further goalmouth action, the half ended goalless.
Frome looked to increase the tempo after the interval, and Mike Perrott was only denied by a headed goal-line clearance.
With the clock ticking down, the game looked set to end in a stalemate, but the hosts thought they had found the winner in the 91st minute.
To their credit the Tudors did not give up, and, one minute later, Lafayette pounced to earn a share of the spoils.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult game but I was pleased with the way we played,” said Widdrington. “Frome are very good when the ball is off the pitch at corners and throw-ins and I thought we coped with that very well.
“It is very hard to play against teams who are spoilers.
“I’m pleased with the way the players stuck to the game plan. They are all willing to listen.
“We are heading in the right direction as far as I can tell. I’m not disappointed by what I have seen.”
At the time the Gazette went to press, the Tudors were preparing for a St Marys Cup first round clash with Berkhamsted.
“We hope to make the most of all the cup games we are in,” said Widdrington. “We certainly don’t want to start losing momentum.”