Chelmsford City edged Hemel Hempstead in a Vanarama National League South midtable tie this afternoon (Saturday, January 4) that probably could have gone either way.
The Tudors lost 2-1 at Chelmsford’s Melbourne Park after battling it out evenly for most of the game.
Having said that, Hemel will have been the happier of the two sides when it was a stalemate at half time, as the home side failed to capitalise on a number of inviting first half chances.
It took Chelmsford just nine second half minutes to break through the Hemel defence though, as Chris Whelpdale ventured from midfield and got his shot away and past the ‘keeper. 1-0.
The Tudors threatened to equalise a few minutes later as Galliford attacked with pace down the right and sent a searching ball across to Sam Ashford, but he couldn’t beat ‘keeper Jessuop to it.
But in-form striker Sam Ashford made it even in the 72nd minute after some lovely build-up play. Galliford played a beautiful ball through to Midson, who showed great composure to play in Ashford who smashed the ball home. 1-1.
The equaliser was incredibly short lived though as Higgins stabbed the ball home at the far post from three yards out to put the home side ahead again just two minutes after they conceded.
The Tudors did very nearly equalise yet again, this time in the 90th minute, when Galliford’s shot was fumbled, but Muir couldn’t pounce on the loose ball.
While the result means Hemel Hempstead sit in 10th place, one point behind Chelmsford in ninth, the Tudors still have three games in hand.
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