Hemel Hempstead Town 1
Chesham United 2
Ten man Hemel Town slipped eight points adrift of league leading Leamington as the Tudors’ miserable record against local rivals Chesham continued at Vauxhall Road on Saturday.
Matt Nolan had given Hemel the lead after just one minute, but a harsh sending off for Victor Osubu swung the momentum in Chesham’s favour and they snatched the three points with two late goals.
In what was a poor game overall, Hemel will feel they were unfortunate not to have come away with a point at least – especially after making the best possible start when Nolan curled the ball home just moments after kick-off.
There was little action of note for the remainder of the first half, although Tudors winger Dave Pearce came close to teeing up Nolan for his second goal of the game.
The second half saw Hemel make two changes with Charlie Mpi coming on for Peter Holmes and Dave King replacing Alex Campana.
The Tudors made most of the early running but there was still little in the way of clear goalscoring opportunities, and Hemel boss Dean Brennan introduced Osubu from the bench in place of Nolan to add some impetus to the attack.
However, rather than help his side push on for a second goal, Osubu was soon given his marching orders for an elbow after an innocuous looking challenge.
Form then on, Chesham were in the ascendancy, and the away side levelled things up late on in controversial fashion.
The visitors were awarded a throw-in, despite the ball appearing to have been put out of play by one of their own players, and former Tudor Steve Wales saw his wind-assisted cross fly into the top corner of the net.
Hemel then had a chance to win the game when Pearce saw his deflected shot saved excellently by Chesham keeper Shane Gore, and it was the visitors who snatched the win in the dying seconds through substitute Michael Chennells.
Only three points now separates Hemel and the three teams sitting directly below them in the table.