LAU­RIE IS A TUDOR KING AS RO­MANS ARE DE­NIED

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Mark Still­man

BATH CITY were made to pay the penalty as they shared the spoils against ten-man Hemel Hemp­stead Town.

The vis­i­tors en­joyed most of the first half pos­ses­sion, with Tu­dors cap­tain Jordan Parkes forc­ing Luke South­wood into a fin­ger-tip save.

James Kaloczi then blazed over from close range after good work by Cal­lum Driver against a dis­jointed-look­ing City.

The hosts im­proved after the break and were aided by Hemel be­ing re­duced to ten men on the hour, when the ex­pe­ri­enced former Lu­ton Town mid­fielder Matt Spring blocked Nick McCootie’s goal­bound ef­fort on the line with an out­stretched hand fol­low­ing a goal­mouth scram­ble.

Nat Jarvis stepped up, but Hemel keeper Lau­rie Walker guessed right, fling­ing him­self to his left and keep­ing out his penalty, this be­ing the Ro­mans’ fourth fail­ure from the spot this sea­son.

South­wood had to be at his best at the other end, keep­ing out Alex Os­born’s sting­ing drive.

The on-loan Read­ing stop­per, an Eng­land Un­der-20s World Cup win­ner, also de­nied former Bath for­ward Will Hoskins with his legs, be­fore Walker pro­duced the save of the match, palm­ing away Matt Richards’ free­kick, which looked des­tined for the top cor­ner.

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