Tudors earn FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay with Nuneaton

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

Hemel Town FC ensured their name will be in the hat for tomorrow’s FA Cup first round draw after battling to a 0-0 stalemate at Nuneaton Town.

The two clubs will clash again on Tuesday night at Vauxhall Road in the fourth qualifying round replay after a hard-fought tie at Liberty Way.

Nuneaton made a bright start to the game and almost went in front after three minutes when midfielder Jack Dyer crashed a long range effort against the post.

Ben Hutchinson also came close on a couple of occasions for the hosts, but as the half wore on, Hemel started to gain a foothold in the match against their Conference Premier opponents.

Clear goalscoring chances were few and far between in a tight first half, with both sides knowing that a place in the first round proper of the world’s most famous cup competition was up for grabs.

Both sides were battling hard, and a chance fell to Nuneaton in the 68th minute when Craig Curran met Ben Hutchinson’s flick-on, but Tudors keeper Laurie Walker kept the effort out.

Minutes later, James Wren was called into action at the other end, superbly tipping a fierce Luke Allen shot over the bar with one hand – the best chance Hemel had created all game.

The Tudors finished the game strongly and forced a succession of corners late on, but they could not find a way to break the deadlock and the teams will have to do it all over again on Tuesday night.