Cambridge City 3-0 Hemel Hempstead Town
Hemel Town remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 3-0 defeat at Cambridge City on Tuesday night.
Despite the scoreline, the managerless Tudors can take heart from a performance which saw them produce some good football and create a number of goalscoring opportunities.
Once again, though, Town’s defensive frailties proved costly, and a lack of confidence in front of goal was clear to see.
Danny Kelly was the match-winner for Cambridge – the striker netting his second hat-trick in as many games to secure the win for the hosts.
It was Hemel who had made the brighter start of the two sides, with Charlie Gorman and Lewis Toomey both coming close to opening the scoring.
But after riding out the Hemel pressure, Cambridge struck first as Kelly drilled home from a corner after 15 minutes.
The Tudors looked for an equaliser as the first half progressed – with Marquin smith forcing host keeper Zac Barrett into a save – but Kelly netted again to put Cambridge firmly in control.
Again Hemel looked to respond, but were lacking quality in the final third. Dave Pearce had their best chance of the game in the second half, but was denied by Barrett when through on goal.
And Hemel were made to pay for their profligacy in emphatic style as Kelly completed his hat-trick five minutes from time to wrap up the win for Cambridge.
The Tudors now sit bottom of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division with just one win from their opening 11 league games and will need to turn their form around quickly if they are to avoid a relegation scrap.
Next up, the side face Chesham United at Vauxhall Road on Saturday.