Hemel Hempstead FC lost at home against Welling United this afternoon (Saturday, January 25), with a 2-0 defeat in the National League South match.
The Tudors failed to equalise after an early 11th-minute goal from Welling’s Dipo Akinyemi, despite having numerous chances, the home team failed to find the back of the net. 1-0.
James Dobson made a skilful debut for The Tudors, taking a free kick in the 14th minute after Issac Galliford was fouled. The powerful shot troubled goalkeeper Wilks but was well saved.
Just a few minutes later Jack Midson nearly put The Tudors level but Welling managed to scramble the ball clear.
Welling was given a free-kick 29 minutes into the game, which keeper Danny Boness put out for a corner.
Luke Howell nearly scored an equaliser in minute 32, with the ball heading towards the net but Tudor’s defender Connor Essam couldn’t get out of the way quick enough and blocked the shot.
Another promising attack from the Tudors in the 34th minute, which started with Howell who switched to Kpohomouh who showed his pace and got an excellent cross into the box. Dobson was unlucky not to find a gap to finish the attack and get his name on the scoresheet for the first time.
Wellings Bradley Rolt, on loan from Peterborough, is shown the red card for a hard tackle on Sterling leaving the away side down to 10 men.
The Tudors got a chance to equalise with a long throw from Dobson, from which Essam managed to flick on at the near post but it was well saved by Wilks.
Deon Moore almost pulled The Tudors level in the 55th minute from just six yards away but put the ball over the bar.
Five minutes later another chance for The Tudors, a free-kick from Dobson into Essam at the far post, but his header just loops over. Another close call.
In the 77th minute, the Tudors got a corner but Boness lost the ball which fell to Wellings Korrey Henry, who made no mistakes and scored from close range. 0-2.
The late second half presented more chances for the Tudors, Dobson crossing the ball into the box in the 83rd minute and a corner in the 86th minute which was cleared by the quick-clearing Welling defence.
Hemel Hempstead FC tweeted: “A disappointing afternoon for The Tudors. A game of a number of chances but we weren’t able to convert our chances and find the back of the net.”
Welling United walked away with a valuable three points away, and Hemel FC dropped down a place in the National League South. The Tudors next match will be on Tuesday, January 28 against Weymouth.