Pepper pot-shot pinches a point as Tudors are hit by late leveller

Lewis Toomey celebrates. Picture (c) Tony Conway
Lewis Toomey celebrates. Picture (c) Tony Conway

Hemel Town FC were forced to settle for a point as Cambridge City struck late to earn a 1-1 draw in a closely fought Calor League Southern Premier Division clash at the Glassworld Stadium.

Lewis Toomey struck to put the Tudors in front shortly after the 15-minute mark, but Tom Pepper pounced with five minutes left to play to earn a point for the home side.

The clash looked destined to be a tight affair, with both teams flying high in the division, and it was second-placed Hemel who opened the scoring after Cambridge had squandered a couple of decent chances of their own.

A cross was delivered from the left, and City keeper Zac Barrett could only manage to deflect the ball into the path of Toomey who converted to give the Tudors the lead.

Having already lost Kelvin Bossman to injury early on, Cambridge suffered a further blow as Will Lawton was forced off with a knock to his ribs, and Hemel should have extended their lead through top scorer Ben Mackey.

The big striker headed wide after 28 minutes, before seeing a goal-bound effort deflected past the post soon afterwards.

The Tudors had bossed proceedings but Cambridge created two good chances either side of half-time as Laurie Walker was forced into a fine stop to deny Robbie Burns before Jackson Ramm was denied by another good save from the Hemel number one.

Adam Marriott saw an equaliser ruled out for offside, and Hemel could have wrapped up the win when Dave Pearce pounced on a defensive error but sent his shot wide of the post.

That miss was to prove costly as, with less than five minutes to go, Pepper unleashed a shot which was deflected in by Tudors midfielder Danny Talbot to the delight of the home fans.