Preview: High-flying Hemel wait for outcome of Truro pitch inspection

Lewis Toomey in action for Hemel Town. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Lewis Toomey in action for Hemel Town. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Hemel Hempstead Town face an anxious wait to see whether or not their Calor League Southern Premier Division fixture at Truro City will go ahead tomorrow afternoon.

The Tudors will be keen to play the fixture and maintain their impressive lead at the top of the table, but Truro has been battered by storms this week and the club’s Treyew Road ground has been damaged as a result.

A message posted yesterday on the Truro City FC website, www.trurocityfc.net read:

At this point in time the match against Hemel Hempstead is on and scheduled to play at Treyew Road, kick-off 3pm.

Since the storm damage both Tracey and I have been working tirelessly to get the game on this weekend.

To this end we have been in communication with our friends at Plymouth Argyle in respect of possibly using Home Park this Saturday.

James told me that “they would love to help on this but the very strong advice was that the combination of a number of home games and the inclement weather left the pitch in significant need of a break.”

I fully support his position and would like to thank both chairman James Brentand secretary Jason Turner for their ongoing support.

Tomorrow, subject to the weather conditions, contractors will be removing the damaged areas of the Council End stand together with the cracked concrete walls to make the ground safe and useable. If all goes to plan the pitch will be marked out and made ready to play on Saturday.

Hemel have informed us that they will be leaving for Treyew Road at 6am on the day of the match.

We have agreed a referee pitch inspection (subject to League approval) at 10am on the same day to confirm whether the game is on or off. In addition to this to avoid any unnecessary travel expenses by Hemel a pre-inspection of the pitch will take place (again by a referee) tomorrow evening.

I have spoken to Steve Massey this morning in Berlin and brought him completely up to date. Please be warned that there are a lot of things that could be impossible to achieve within the timescale, however as a club I feel that we must do all we can to get this game on. Further update will be issued as things develop.

Should the game go ahead, Hemel will fancy their chances of taking all three points against their 18th-placed hosts.

And football statistics and predictions website betstatz.com suggests that the Tudors have good reason to feel quietly confident.

“The statistics suggest this game will be tight,” said betstatz owner Nick Gelis. “Truro have conceded just four goals in their last six league game and they haven’t conceded a first half goal in their last four league games.

“However, Hemel currently have the best away form in Calor Premier – based over the last five away games – and still boast the best attack across Europe, so the stats suggest they will break down Truro’s tight defence.

“This week the betstatz prediction is a Hemel win, over 2.5 goals and draw at HT/Hemel FT.”

You can make your own predictions on the game online using the betstatz simulator.