Fightback leaves Tudors stunned

Dennis Fenemore in action against Evesham United. Picture by Darren Kelly
Dennis Fenemore in action against Evesham United. Picture by Darren Kelly

Hemel Town 2 Evesham United 3

Hemel Town were left shell-shocked by a second half Evesham fightback as the Tudors lost out at home to their relegation rivals.

Leading 2-0 at half-time through a Dave Pearce double, it looked as though Hemel were on course for a vital three points, but three Evesham goals in 23 second half minutes turned the match on its head.

The result leaves the Tudors languishing in 21st place in the league table, six points adrift of safety with time running out to avoid the dreaded drop.

Hemel had started brightly against an Evesham side also struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Keiron Schmidt came close to opening the scoring with a deflected volley, before the hosts took a deserved lead in the 14th minute through Pearce.

Dennis Fenemore cut the ball back to the tricky Hemel winger after good work on the by-line, and Pearce had no trouble in firing home.

Things got even better for Hemel eight minutes later as Pearce added his second goal of the game to double the hosts’ advantage.

However, rather than going on to put the result beyond doubt, Hemel let Evesham back into the game.

The hosts kept their lead in tact until half-time, but Evesham came out fighting after the break and halved the deficit after 54 minutes as Wayne Daniel headed home.

Evesham were now dominating proceedings and Marcus Palmer made it 2-2 after 66 minutes. Farai Hallam missed the ball, allowing Palmer to latch onto the mistake and race clear before slotting home.

And it didn’t take the visitors long to complete the turnaround as Craig Wilding headed home at the back post two minutes later.

With no further goals the game ended in defeat for Hemel, who must pick themselves up quickly if they are to stand any chance of survival.