Hemel Town picked up their first win in six games this afternoon after Connor Essam’s goal was enough to beat St Albans City in the Hertforshire Derby on New Year’s Day.
The two Vanarama National League South sides met once again following their Boxing Day match, which saw St Albans walk away with a 2-0 victory.
The Tudors’ went closest to taking the lead in the first half when Sam Ashford should have scored from around six yards out, but he couldn’t quite stretch enough to get a good connection with the ball.
St Albans had a chance of their own just moments later through Zane Banton who also should have found the net but could only put it wide.
The second half saw Hemel take the lead after a corner was whipped in invitingly for Essam to score with a powerful header, which went beyond St Albans ‘keeper Snedker.
Joe Iaciofano went close on the 69th minute when Bender’s driven cross found him in the box, but he couldn’t control his shot well enough.
Hemel almost made sure of their victory when they forced Snedker into a wonderful save when Ashford’s far post header came towards him, and he reacted well to deny the goal.
The Tudors held on in the end to claim three vital points, and end a bad run of form as they attempt to kick-on now in their play-off push with an away fixture against Chelmsford City coming up on Saturday.
St Albans are back at home and welcome Hungerford Town to Clarence Park.
Picture courtesy of St Albans City FC