LAURIE IS A TUDOR KING AS ROMANS ARE DENIED
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.