CAW­LEY’S CRACKER IS DIF­FER­ENCE FOR HEMEL

BATH CITY 0 HEMEL HEMP­STEAD 1

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

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.

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