Hemel Town go top with six of the best

Steve O'Leary scores for Hemel Town against Bedworth United. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly.
Steve O'Leary scores for Hemel Town against Bedworth United. Picture courtesy of Darren Kelly.

Hemel Hempstead Town 6
 Bedworth United 1

Hemel Town climbed back to the top of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division with a crushing win over Bedworth United on Non League Day.

In front of their largest crowd of the season, Hemel produced a clinical show in front of goal to secure the win courtesy of efforts from Matt Nolan (2), Jordan Parkes (2), Victor Osubu and Steve O’Leary.

And Tudors manager Dean Brennan is now urging his team to build on the win and continue their impressive start to the season.

“We had a good attendance and put in a decent display,” said Brennan. “We tried to play football in the right manner and we showed the crowd some good, entertaining football.

“We’ve just got to keep focus now and keep working hard.

“I was happy with the three points and, performance-wise, it was great to see six goals but we let them have some good chances which I was a bit disappointed about.

“We need to be a bit more solid because we could have been punished against a better side.

“There is definitely more to come from us.”

Saturday’s game was preceded with a minute’s silence in memory of director of football John Adams who passed away in September.

And Hemel made a start that Adams would have been proud of as they opened the scoring after just three minutes when Danny May’s cross was headed home by Nolan.

May was then in the thick of the action at the other end when he cleared a shot off the line, before Hemel’s Dave Pearce saw a shot blocked after rounding the keeper.

Hemel finally bagged their second goal with 41 minutes on the clock – Nolan chipping the ball home after a corner was only half-cleared – and a good stop from Tudors keeper Mark Osborn ensured the hosts took their 2-0 lead into half-time.

The second half started quietly but, just after the hour mark, debutante Parkes got the goal his performance deserved when he cut inside from the left and drove home.

Hemel were now really dominating the game and it was no surprise when captain O’Leary got his name on the scoresheet after 70 minutes when he was given too much room inside the box and he was able to pick his spot.

Hemel made two subs, with Nolan and Pearce being replaced by Alex Campana and Osobu, and it was the latter who made an immediate impact when he rounded the keeper before firing into an empty net.

Hemel made it six when Parkes curled home his second of the game and, despite a late consolation from Bedworth, the Tudors went marching to the top of the division.

At the time the Gazette went to press, Hemel were preparing for a Red Insure Cup clash at St Albans.