Hemel Hempstead Town 2 Hitchin Town 0
Hemel moved themselves off the foot of the table with a fine display against Hitchin Town at Vauxhall Road.
The home side started well with Lewis Toomey having an early effort just wide of the target. Visiting keeper Martin Bennett was kept busy in the first half as he denied Dave Pearce and Charlie Gorman with decent saves.
Hitchin had chances of their own with an Inih Iffiong strike tipped over by Ross Kitteridge. The chance of the half fell for Canaries midfielder Calum Donnelly as he somehow missed an open goal after Kitteridge had parried Iffiong’s effort.
The pivotal moment in the encounter came not long into the second half.
Ross Lafayette was pushed by Tom Pepper in the area and a penalty was awarded. Dave Pearce slotted home the ball to give Hemel a well deserved lead.
As the clocked ticked down, the Tudors looked to hold on to what would be a vital victory in their quest for survival. Hemel substitute Alieu Jallow nearly forced a second goal, but Bennett was on hand to block the effort.
With only seconds remaining, all three points were sealed as Lafayette found the net. After the ball was cleared to him down the wing, he managed to find the space to unleash a powerful effort that Bennett couldn’t quite stop as the ball trickled between the posts.
There was still time for more bad news for Hitchin as Louis Lee received a second yellow card for a lunge on Gorman.