Whitehawk down the Tudors as defensive errors prove costly

James Potton couldn't find a way through for Hemel. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
James Potton couldn't find a way through for Hemel. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Hemel Town slipped to their second home defeat in the space of a week as Whitehawk struck late to secure a 2-0 win at Vauxhall Road.

In a largely uneventful affair, the game looked set to be heading for a 0-0 stalemate, but it was Whitehawk who emerged victorious.

It was a welcome three points for the visitors, who went into the game on the back of two straight defeats, while Hemel will have plenty to think about having conceded eight and scored none in their last two fixtures.

There were further injury problems for the Tudors as Dennis Oli had to be replaced at half-time, suffering a back injury to add to Dean Brennan’s selection issues.

It was Hemel who edged the first period with John Sullivan saving an early effort from Luke Allen and superbly tipping a Daniel Talbot free-kick over the a bar. Ben Mackey then set up Oli who fired over from close range, while Ollie Thorne headed wide just before the break.

The second half saw Whitehawk take advantage of the slope and, with the wind behind them, they created more chances.

Sam Deering forced a good save from Hemel keeper Laurie Walker and, soon after, the same man saw another effort blocked.

Hemel created a chance a decent chance of their own when a good turn by Mackey saw him get clear on the left and his driven cross was just missed by Allen at the far post.

The game looked as though it was heading for a draw, but again it was a defensive error which proved costly for the Tudors.

A hopeful ball down the middle wasn’t dealt with by the Hemel defence, and Walker missed his attempted punch, leaving Danny Mills a simple header to give the visitors the lead after 82 minutes.

As Hemel pushed forward, Whitehawk looked dangerous on the break and Thorne was left exposed on the right.

His attempted clearance hit Ahmed Abdollah and Thorne seemed to panic, bringing down the Whitehawk winger for a penalty with a wild swipe.

Deering stepped up and duly dispatched the spot-kick to wrap up the points for the visitors.

There was no way back for the Tudors who are finding the Conference South a different proposition after their record breaking efforts last season.