‘We will be fine,’ insists Town boss

27/8/2011'Hemel Hempstead Town FC, in red, versus Barwell.'Liam Malone arm wrestling.
27/8/2011'Hemel Hempstead Town FC, in red, versus Barwell.'Liam Malone arm wrestling.

HEMEL Town manager Colin Payne has vowed to turn things around after the team’s nightmare start to the new season.

The Tudors have picked up just one point from their opening six league games this season, having been beaten by Barwell and St Albans City over the bank holiday weekend.

“We just need to get a result, and when we get one, we will be fine,” said Payne.

“At the moment we aren’t taking our chances and if the boys keep defending the way they are than it is going to cause us a problem.

“I think that if we weren’t creating chances I would be more worried, but we need to get a result against Banbury (United) on Saturday.”

Payne says he is aware of the frustrations of some of the Tudors faithful, but insists he and the players are working hard to combat these.

“One point from six games is not where we want to be and not where the supporters want to be so I understand their frustrations.”

“The supporters think we aren’t playing enough football so we are going to change it – if we get beaten, we are going to get beaten playing football.

“We are working hard. There’s a few cheap shots flying around at the moment, but that just makes us more determined to put things right.”

Hemel’s disappointing weekend started at home to Barwell on Saturday, as they threw away a two-goal lead, to slip to a 3-2 defeat.

With the game seemingly set to end in a 2-2 draw, Barwell’s James Reading pounced in stoppage time to snatch all three points for the visitors.

Hemel had started the game well and went 2-0 up courtesy of a Dave Pearce penalty and an effort from Louis Toomey.

Barwell, though, pulled a goal back before half-time and were back on level terms after 76 minutes, before Reading struck to steal the win.

And the Tudors’ misery continued on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 by 10-man St Albans.

Toomey put the Tudors ahead early on, but the Saints struck back with goals from Danny Hart and Jerome Walker.

Ryan Moran was then dismissed for the home side for bringing down Toomey, but Hemel could not make the numerical advantage count despite a second half onslaught on the St Albans goal.