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Tudors denied in Boxing Day cracker

Former Hemel man Lewis Toomey, in yellow, was denied by a string of fine saves from Tudors keeper Sam Beagle. Picture courtesy of Robert Walkley

Former Hemel man Lewis Toomey, in yellow, was denied by a string of fine saves from Tudors keeper Sam Beagle. Picture courtesy of Robert Walkley

Hemel Town were denied all three points by a dramatic late equaliser in a frenetic Boxing Day clash with local rivals St Albans.

Teenage substitute Tremayne Charles pounced in the 94th minute to snatch a point for St Albans after Jordan Parkes had given Hemel the lead just before the hour mark.

Neither team could be too disappointed with the result, however, with St Albans dominating the first half and Hemel bossing things after the break in a rain-drenched encounter.

Tudors keeper Sam Beagle was in imperious form between the sticks, keeping out a succession of attempts from former Hemel man Lewis Toomey.

It was Hemel who had the first chance of the game, with Jordan Parkes striking the Saints’ crossbar inside four minutes, before Chris Henry fired wide at the other end.

The lively Toomey was denied by two excellent saves from Beagle, who added three more stops to his collection before St Albans saw a goal correctly disallowed for offside.

City were looking dangerous up front, but Hemel created chances of their own and Ryan O’Toole came agonizingly close to getting a finishing touch to a cross from Victor Osobu.

The rain continued to pour as the sides came out for the second half, and it was Hemel who made the breakthrough after 58 minutes.

Osubu did well to twist free from his marker inside the penalty area, before feeding Parkes to clip the ball home in style.

City almost forced an immediate response as a shot from Curtis Ujah crashed back off the crossbar, but Hemel started to take control of the game as they looked for their second win on the spin.

Steve O’Leary and Alex Campana were both denied by fine saves, and Dave Pearce saw a late effort cleared off the line.

That was not the end of the action, though, and City snatched a share of the festive spoils as Charles latched on to a hopeful punt upfield to slot home past Beagle.

 

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