Tudors make a flying start as captain marvel Parkes sinks Basingstoke

Skipper Jordan Parkes was on target for Hemel. Picture (c) Guy Wills
Skipper Jordan Parkes was on target for Hemel. Picture (c) Guy Wills

A first half Jordan Parkes free-kick was enough to give Hemel town all three points at Basingstoke Town in their first ever Conference South fixture.

The opening exchanges were largely even, with neither side settling immediately into their stride at the Soccer AM Stadium.

The first chance of the game fell to Liam Enver-Marum after 11 minutes, but the Basingstoke man could only fire into the side netting.

That seemed to spark Hemel into life and Ed Asafu-Adjaye came close to giving the Tudors the lead but his effort was saved by Basingstoke keeper Jonathan Henly, on loan from Reading.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the dying minutes of the first half when Hemel skipper Parkes curled home a sublime free-kick past Henly from just outside the area.

Hemel continued to look the more dangerous of the two sides after the break and almost extended their advantage when Asafu-Adjaye’s deep cross to Dennis Oli was headed just past the back post.

Henly was again forced into action when David Hutton tried his luck as Hemel looked to put the game to bed.

Basingstoke had their first effort on target from Manny Williams in the 77th minute, but Hemel held firm for a superb three points to get the season off to a flying start.