Hemel Hempstead Town 3 Frome Town 1
Hemel Town kept their survival dreams alive as they fought back to record a vital win over Frome Town at Vauxhall Road.
Things looked bleak for the Tudors after Frome took the lead inside a minute, but two goals from Danny May and another from Nabil Shariff turned the game on its head.
The result takes the Tudors to within seven points of safety. They still have plenty to do if they are to avoid the drop, but results like this give the Town fans hope at least.
Things started terribly for Hemel on Saturday, as Matt Smith curled Frome in front from 25 yards with just 57 seconds on the clock.
The Robins looked to increase their lead, but could only create a couple of half-chances for Josh Brigham.
There was not much attacking play at the other end either – until two Hemel goals sparked the hosts into life shortly before half-time.
Full-back May is not known for his goalscoring exploits, but the Tudors man combined well with Nick Beasant before lashing his shot into the roof of the net to restore pairity five minutes before half-time.
And just four minutes later, May doubled his tally to give the home side an unlikely lead.
Keiron Schmidt was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and May fired home past Robins keeper Darren Chitty with the aid of a deflection.
That lifted the tension around Vauxhall Road, and Hemel began to play with more confidence as the second half progressed – dominating large periods of the game.
Chitty had to be at his best to tip over a powerful Matt McEntegart header, however the Tudors did not have to wait long for the third goal.
Dave Pearce’s corner was flicked onto the post by a defender, before falling to Shariff who fired home to give the hosts’ a two-goal cushion.
From then on there was only going to be one winner, and Hemel held out for what could prove to be a vital three points.
Next up for the Tudors is a clash with Chippenham Town tonight, kick-off 7.45pm at Vauxhall Road. For information, please visit www.hemelfc.com
> Picture - Matt McEntegart in action for Hemel Town against Frome. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly.