A Hemel Town team made up mostly of trialists went down 3-2 to Dunstable Town in an entertaining pre-season clash at Creasey Park.
Jamal McKenzie-Lowe was the star man for Dunstable as he put the hosts 2-0 up inside 15 minutes – with the first goal arriving with just over 60 seconds on the clock.
The opener was an instinctive tap-in, but the second was a beautifully placed strike into the top corner.
Dunstable were bossing proceedings in the first 20 minutes, but the Tudors gradually began to get a foothold in the game and started to play some decent football.
The hosts looked especially useful on the right flank and skipper Ben Herd was leading by example with an all-action display.
But the Tudors eventually reduced the deficit with a stylish and well-taken goal by Dave Hutton after 25 minutes following a patient period of build-up play.
Both sides continued to probe as the half went on, but it was Dunstable who struck next to regain their two-goal cushion.
Adam Watkins picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, and he unleashed a powerful drive which flew into the net.
The two sets of managers made plenty of changes at Half-time, but it was Hemel who emerged the stronger of the two sides after the break.
The Tudors created a number of chances, and they eventually pulled a goal back as Dunstable keeper Ben Barnes parried a shot and Connor Clarke was on hand to slot the ball home.