On a night when Germany hit Brazil for seven, Hemel Hempstead Town matched their score and made it two wins in two games after another entertaining friendly at Southern League title favourites St Neots Town.
The home side paraded a couple of new signings and ex-Tudors in Drew Roberts and Chris Dillon but soon found themselves a goal down, conceding an early penalty which was dispatched by last season’s top scorer Ben Mackey.
The Saints equalised through Martell Powell and, with both sides evenly matched, the first period ended all square at 1-1.
The game was played over three sets of 45 minutes and the second period proved to be the quietest, with just one goal being scored through the impressive Manny Fiadzomer who has made a good impression on his return to the Tudors.
The third period saw Hemel old boy Roberts get his customary goal against them to make it 2-2, but it wasn’t long before the visitors took the lead again with another penalty – taken this time by Dave Pearce.
A quick throw-in caught Saints out at the back and Lewis Toomey scored to make it 4-2.
Toomey then added a fifth before Powell reduced the deficit with his second of the evening, but Tudors skipper Jordan Parkes restored the three-goal margin and, with the last kick of the game, Kieran Murphy completed the scoring.
Both sides tried different players throughout the game and Hemel manager Dean Brennan was very pleased with his team’s efforts, with a couple of the younger players again showing great promise.
Next up for the Tudors is a clash with Kings Langley at Gaywood Park in the Tudor Kings Cup on Saturday.
It promises to be a great day, with a DJ and other family entertainment at the ground, all in aid of the fundraising initiative for ground improvements at Kings Langley FC. Entry is £5 for adults and £1 for Children. Kick-off is at 3pm.