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TERRAS: High-flying Hemel outclass the Terras
4:54pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN 3 (Toomey 8, 54, Thorne 45)
HEMEL Hempstead underlined their tag as title favourites by completely outclassing the Terras at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday.
Not even Jason Matthews’ heroics in the home goal could halt the table-topping Tudors who could have easily won by a lot more such was their dominance throughout the afternoon.
The Terras made just one change to the starting XI that began the victory over AFC Totton in their previous game with Luke Winsper replacing Danny Clay in the centre of midfield.
Clay, who was not 100 per cent fit, dropped to the bench where Matt Groves also returned, following Ben Wood’s release and Aidan Chainey’s loan move to Gillingham Town.
Simon Evans and Kyle Critchell remain long-term absentees while Michael Walker is still a week or two away after undergoing a hernia operation.
As for Hemel, they arrived in Dorset bidding for a ninth straight victory in all competitions. Their main threats were clearly Ben Mackey and Lewis Toomey, who began the afternoon joint top scorers for the club in the league with four goals apiece.
The opening exchanges were frantic but it was the visitors that created the first opening on four minutes when Toomey cut into the box with ease, only to see his goal-bound shot headed away by the alert Nathan Walker.
Hemel were certainly looking the livelier side and on eight minutes they took the lead after the Terras switched off at a short corner.
Dave Pearce knocked the ball to David Hutton and when he finally delivered it into the box from the left, there was Toomey to volley home from eight yards, completely unchallenged.
The latter was certainly causing huge problems and moments later he went close again with a curler, which Matthews did well to push wide.
The Weymouth keeper then did the same to deny Mackey on 22 minutes before Stewart Yetton wasted the home side’s first chance after a fine break from Luke Burbidge.
Scott Walker and Winsper then tried their luck for the Terras but Hemel continued to threaten and went agonisingly close again on 29 minutes.
Toomey was once again the architect with a great run and shot, and after Matthews turned the ball away with his legs, Nathan Walker somehow blocked Mackey’s rebound on the goal-line.
The Terras were clearly living a charmed life, and after being forced into switching Jamie Symes with Ashley Wells on the half-hour, they came under even more pressure as Hemel continued the barrage.
This time, a low cross from the right caused havoc in the box but Matthews was once again alive to the threat and bravely flung himself at the feet of Mackey and Hutton to see out the danger.
Mackey then tested the home stopper again before Oliver Thorne finally grabbed the hosts a deserved second right on the stroke of half-time.
Winsper gave away a free-kick and when the ball was swung into the box, there was the Hemel centre-half to head home under very little pressure, giving the overworked Matthews no chance.
The next goal was clearly going to be crucial and, at the start of the second half, the Terras went in search of it with Winsper seeing an effort deflected just inches wide.
Scott Walker then curled a shot over the top from 25 yards before Nathan Walker sent a glancing header just past the far post from a corner.
However, just when the Terras looked like they were beginning to pose a real threat they conceded that killer third goal at the other end on 54 minutes.
It was another soft one too with Talbot cruising into the box from the left and testing Matthews, who could only parry the ball up into the air for Toomey to nod home his second.
To their credit Weymouth continued to pour forward nonetheless and they should have cut the deficit just moments later.
Burbidge broke the offside trap and raced down the right but when his low cross found Yetton, he somehow side-footed over from six yards with the goal at his mercy.
That miss just summed up the Terras’ afternoon and it even led to Hemel withdrawing Mackey and Toomey to give them a well-earned rest.
Hemel were now in cruise control but the hosts did have another great chance to grab a consolation on 76 minutes when Nathan Walker ghosted in at the far post and got on the end of a free-kick, only to balloon his shot high and wide.
The visitors also had chances to extend their winning margin, the best of which fell to substitute Charles Mpi, who would have scored had it not been for a fantastic intervention from Sam Poole.
Mark Ford also put the ball in the net for the Terras in the closing stages but the effort was ruled out for offside.
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