Deadly Roberts hits late Hemel win­ner


The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Alex Crowther

WE­STON got off to a poor start when Cal­lum Martin robbed Ben Swal­low of pos­ses­sion and it set the tone for the game.

The ball ended up with Phil Roberts, who calmly slid the ball be­yond Luke Pur­nell.

Ja­son Pope was sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card, Roberts get­ting the bet­ter of the cen­tre­back, and was brought down by the 22 year-old.

We­ston got the equaliser on the stroke of half-time when a Jar­rad Welch free-kick beat the Hemel de­fence, al­low­ing skip­per Ja­cob Cane to bring the ball down and stab in from a few yards out.

In the sec­ond half, Welch’s free kick from 25 yards was par­ried away by Lau­rie Walker, be­fore Pur­nell stopped Roberts from close range, James Kaloczi strik­ing the post from the re­bound.

We­ston sub Jamie Lu­cas mus­cled his way past Billy Clifford, see­ing his left-footed 25-yard drive tipped round the post.

Hemel’s win­ner came though when a kick from Walker was in­ad­ver­tently nod­ded down by Matt Bower as he at­tempted to clear, straight to Roberts who cut onto his right and curled in from 25 yards.

STAR MAN: Phil Roberts (Hemel H’stead) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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