Hemel Town’s home form continues to baffle their supporters as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Margate on Saturday.
The Tudors are unbeaten away in the league so far this campaign, but on home turf it’s a different story, with only two wins and now five defeats at Vauxhall Road.
After early Hemel pressure it was Margate who took the lead through Freddie Ladapo on 16 minutes when he fired home from 25 yards. He seemed to have lost control of the ball, but fortunately it sat up invitingly and he drove it past the despairing dive of Jamie Butler.
Hemel didn’t really create much after this but they were given something of a lifeline when Charlie Wassmer was adjudged to have handled in the box and Olliver Hawkins duly stepped up and scored from the spot.
The second half saw the home have more possession, without really creating any clear chances and it was Margate who looked dangerous on the counter with Danny Green and Lapado giving the Hemel back-line problems with their pace and willingness to run at defenders.
As the match neared its climax, it looked like the next goal would win the game and it was the visitors who got it when Hemel lost possession on the halfway line, leaving Luke Moore a clear run down the right. He crossed to the far post, where Kane Wills was waiting to fire home from a tight angle.
Hemel assistant Manager Stuart Maynard conceded that the better team won and, with Oliver Hawkins and James Potton limping off, the injuries are starting to mount up for the Tudors.
Next up for Hemel is an FA Vase clash with Weymouth on Saturday. 3pm kick-off at Vauxhall Road.
Hemel Town: 1: Jamie Butler 2: Ben Herd 3: Kyle Connolly 4: Zak Jules 5: Josh Hill 6: Matt Spring 7: James Potton © (15 Jack Smith) 8: Deniis Oil (14: Wilfred Gnahore) 9: Oliver Hawkins 10: Jamie Slabber 11 Noor Husin ( 16: Michael Richens). Subs not used: 12: Terrell Forbes.
Margate: 1: Nikki Bull 2: Glenn Wilson 3: Nathan Green 4: David Hunt 5: Jake Goodman 6: Charlie Wassmer 7: Kane Wills 8: Lewis Taylor 9: Freddie Lapado 10: Danny Green 11: Luke Moore.
Subs: 12: Sam White 14 Solomon Taiwo 15: Jamie Taylor 16 Christian Jolley 17 Jamie Stuart.