Hemel Hempstead Town continued their recent turnaround in form this afternoon (March 7) after an 88th minute winner from James Dobson means they are just six points behind the play-off spots.
The Tudors welcomed Dorking Wanderers to Vauxhall Road after they also booked their place in the Hertfordshire Senior Challenge Cup final during the week.
The home side started well after Connor Essam found Sam Ashford in the box, but he was unable to get his shot away after good goalkeeping from Sam Howes.
Matt Briggs forced Hemel’s Player of the Month for February, Dan Grimshaw, into action after his powerful effort had to be dealt with.
On the 37th minute, both Jack Midson and Dobson went close to giving Hemel the lead, but a fantastic double save from Howes meant both sides would go into the break on level terms.
Hemel continued to look threatening in the second half, with Midson finding acres of space in the box to head at goal, but it was too close to the goalkeeper, who easily denied him.
A worrying moment came just after the hour mark for the home side after Ashford went down injured and had to be brought off for Steve Cawley.
On the 88th minute, the breakthrough finally came, and it was Dobson the man who put The Tudors ahead.
Hemel almost put all their hard work to waste in the dying moments of the game, but Danny Prior’s header was terrifically saved by Grimshaw.
The Tudors held on for all three points in the end and are now just six points behind today’s opponents, who are currently sitting in that last play-off position, with a game in hand over them.
Some may think it’s a little too late to be thinking about getting into the play-offs, but it’s now two wins in a row for Hemel, whose attentions now turn to next weekend as they travel to struggling Dulwich Hamlet.
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