Tudors see off Truro to go through in the FA Trophy

Rob Farkins gets in a vital block to prevent Zane Banton putting Hemel Hempstead 2-0 up at Treyew Road. Picture (c) Sam Barnes, Cartel Photos
Rob Farkins gets in a vital block to prevent Zane Banton putting Hemel Hempstead 2-0 up at Treyew Road. Picture (c) Sam Barnes, Cartel Photos

Hemel Hempstead Town booked their place in the first round proper of the FA Trophy after battling to a 2-1 victory over Truro City at Treyew Road.

Goals from Jordan Parkes and Zane Banton did the damage for Hemel, in a fiery clash which saw both teams end the game with 10 men.

Hemel defender Arthur Lee was given his marching orders after 67 minutes as he picked up a second yellow card, before City’s Ed Palmer followed him six minutes later for a challenge on Oliver Hawkins who was unable to continue.

All of the goals arrived in the first half of the clash, with skipper Jordan Parkes putting Hemel ahead after only four minutes with a superb 25-yard strike to continue his rich vein of goalscoring form.

Truro were back on level terms just before the half hour when Matt Wright forced the ball past Hemel keeper Laurie Walker as they challenged for a high ball.

However, the Tudors regained the lead in first half stoppage time when Zane Banton finished off a fine counter-attack as City appealed for an offside flag that never came.

In the second half, the hosts pressed forward in search of an equaliser and went close on several occasions.

Midway through the half, Lee saw red following a challenge on Cody Cooke which earned him his second yellow card and gave Truro the numerical advantage.

But Palmer soon followed him for his tackle on Hawkins, and Hemel held firm to secure their place in the next round of the competition.

Truro City: Burns; James (Afful 81), Tully, Pugh, Farkins, White, Green, Palmer, Duff, Hayles (Cooke 58), Wright (Vassell 75). Subs (not used): Moore (GK)

Goal: Wright (29)

Yellow cards: Wright, Farkins, Hayles

Red card: Palmer (73)

Hemel Hempstead Town: Walker; King, Lee, Parkes, Asafu-Adjaye, Diarra, Sanders, Daly, Hawkins (Connolly 76), Banton (Reynolds 54), Potton

Goals: Parkes (4), Banton (45+1)

Yellow cards: Walker, Parkes, Hawkins, Asafu-Adjaye

Red card: Lee (67)

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