CAWLEY’S CRACKER IS DIFFERENCE FOR HEMEL
BATH CITY 0 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD 1
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD picked up their first win over City since 2006, and their first victory against the high-flying Romans at Twerton Park.
Steve Cawley’s 74thminute strike separated the sides to get boss Joe Deeney off to the perfect start, in a match where Bath paid the price for missed chances.
In a quiet opening, Frankie Artus attempted to catch out the out-of-position Laurie Walker after the keeper’s attempted headed clearance but the back-tracking stopper got back in time.
Tom Smith flashed a header wide from Anthony Straker’s cross, and again nodded off target just before the break. Smith was denied again just after the interval by Walker’s fine save to his right.
Steve Cawley and Jordan Parkes’s low strikes were too close to Ryan Clarke to cause him discomfort as Town showed more ambition after the interval.
Mann’s spectacular overhead kick was denied by an equally acrobatic Walker save.
The Hemel stopper came to the rescue again when Straker’s sprayed ball found the forward, who tried to dink it over him, but he smothered it to safety.
Hemel took the lead when Cawley superbly took a clearance out of the air and poked it past Clarke from ten yards.