Hemel Town 1 Cambridge City 2
HEMEL Town suffered their first loss in five games as high-flying Cambridge City bagged a late win at Vauxhall Road.
Craig Hammond struck in the 79th minute to hand City all three points after Tudors winger Dave Pearce had cancelled out Lee Clift’s opener.
Hemel can feel aggrieved to have taken nothing from the game, and manager Tommy Widdrington admitted he was frustrated to come away empty-handed.
“The lads put in a good shift,” he said. “I was just frustrated because sometimes you don’t get out of the game what you put into it.
“I felt we did enough to win the game.”
Both sides went into the game in high spirits on the back of impressive runs of form, but it was Cambridge who struck first.
A stray Hemel pass was intercepted and Adrian Cambridge found Clift who rounded Tudors keeper Ross Kitteridge before slotting home.
The goal seemed to snap Hemel into life, and the hosts pressed forward in search of an equaliser.
Ellis Remy headed over after good work from the impressive Marquin Smith, as the Tudors created a number of decent chances.
Although they were getting into good positions, Hemel could not manage to put the ball in the net – until Pearce struck just before half-time.
Pearce was adjudged to have been pulled back in the area by City’s Robbie Nightingale, and the Tudors winger had no problem in slotting home the resulting penalty to restore parity.
The Tudors continued to press after the break as they searched for a second goal, with Pearce at the hub of most of their attacking play.
Pearce fed Remy, but his effort was comfortably saved, before Danny May unleashed a fierce effort which produced a fine stop.
Despite all their attacking intent, Hemel could not find the elusive second goal and they were eventually made to pay for their profligacy.
With 11 minutes left to play, Cambridge’s corner found its way to Craig Hammond, who somehow managed to volley home through a crowd of bodies and into the net to hand his side the win.
The defeat leaves Hemel in 20th place in the table, five points from safety.
“The majority of games are won in both 18-yard-boxes and that’s where we need to improve,” said Widdrington.
“I’d like to see us turn more of the chances we create into goals. This is the area which really is the holy grail for all managers.
“And that isn’t just looking at the strikers – we have a lot of set pieces and our defenders and midfielders need to chip in a bit more.
“We are in this together and we have got to stick together.”