Diarra delivers to rescue a point for Hemel at Frome

Moussa Diarra in action. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Moussa Diarra in action. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Hemel Town FC showed signs of a return to form as Moussa Diarra pounced in injury time to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw at Frome Town.

After two defeats on the spin, the Tudors looked set to return from Frome with a third straight loss, until Diarra pounced in the 92nd minute to hand Dean Brennan’s side a valuable point.

The draw keeps second-placed Hemel within reach of Calor League Southern Premier Division leaders Chesham United.

Brennan felt his side should have won the game, but said there were plenty of positives to take from the display.

“I was disappointed we didn’t win the game because we dominated and our keeper only had to make one or two saves. We missed some guilt-edged chances,” he said.

“But we’ve had a bit of a nightmare few weeks so the positives to take from Saturday are that we played well and the lads coming back from injury got minutes under their belts.

“It was also pleasing to see that we kept going because from the sideline it looked like it wasn’t going to be our day.

“A few lads have had an opportunity to come into the side over the last few weeks and some have taken the chance, but some haven’t.”

The Tudors started brightly on Saturday and came close to breaking the deadlock through Charlie Mpi, before Jordan Parkes saw a rasping shot kept out by a super stop.

The second half started evenly, but it was Frome who broke the deadlock in the 58th minute when Rhys Baggridge converted from close range.

To their credit, the Tudors responded well and Mpi was somehow denied by an excellent triple save.

It looked as though the Tudors were set for a third consecutive loss, but Diarra was the hero for the visitors as he popped up in the second minute of stoppage time to bundle home Wilson Carvalho’s cross and rescue a point.