Bedford Town 0 Hemel Hempstead Town 3
A below-par Bedford Town were comprehensively beaten by league leaders Hemel Town at the Eyrie on Saturday, as the Tudors continued their good run of form.
Hemel made a flying start when a long kick from keeper Mark Osborn was uncharacteristically misjudged by Josh Beech, giving Matt Nolan a clear run at goal and time to pick his spot, with Ian Brown powerless to stop the goal.
Midway through the half, Ashley Fuller volleyed a Mark Bell cross, but the ball was blocked yards from the line by the desperate lunge of Danny May.
Bedford had their best chance on the half hour when Bell’s cross found Jamaine Ivy on the edge of the area. With more time than he thought he had, Ivy controlled the ball before firing over the bar.
Two minutes into the second half, Beech fed Paul Cooper and the young defender managed to put a cross in from the byline that was narrowly headed over the bar by Nat Peacock.
The Eagles were given an uphill task on 54 minutes when the referee spotted a push on Victor Osobu in the penalty area and immediately pointed to the spot.
Ian Brown did his best to save the spot kick from Jordan Parkes and managed to get a hand to the ball, but the shot had enough power to bounce over the line.
A couple of minutes later, the lively Osobu got away from the defence but Brown narrowed the angle and the resulting shot was fired across the face of goal.
Ivy made way for new signing Will Green on 64 minutes and the striker was involved in Bedford’s next move, but couldn’t get good purchase on Michael Built’s cross.
That allowed Osborn to launch the ball upfield and Osobu again raced clear of the defence but saw his shot saved by Brown.
Brown had kept Bedford in the game with vital interceptions during the second half, but was unable to deny Osobu in the 90th minute, when the Hemel substitute raced onto a Matt Judge pass and capped an honest performance with a burly shot into the roof of the net.