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Hemel Hempstead Town v Weston super Mare

Hemel Hempstead Town 0 - 2 Weston super Mare
22 Apr 2019 - 15:00Vauxhall Road

Jacob Cane and Alex Bray hit two goals either side of half-time to take all three points back to North Somerset in a 0-2 win over Hemel Hempstead.

Central defender Tom Hamblin had an early chance for the hosts when he rose to meet a corner, but could only head over the crossbar. Tom Harrison also recovered well to block superbly from Arel Amu as the striker bore down on Luke Purnell’s goal.

Hamblin had another chance, a loose ball breaking to him 20 yards out from goal, but his venomous drive fizzed over Purnell’s crossbar and into the stands. Purnell was called into action for the first time midway through the half when Howe had a go from an angle, and the experienced shot-stopper was able to tip the shot over the bar.

Hemel had the ball in the back of the net when Kieran Monlouis tapped in from close range, but his goal was ruled out for offside, and the heroics of Jack Goodall kept the score at 0-0 when Monlouis’ fierce drive from inside the box was flicked out for a corner by the leap of the left-back, with the shot surely destined for the top corner.

Weston were the first to break the deadlock though when a slick passing move found George Nurse in down the wing. His pull-back was perfect for the run of Cane, and he could sidefoot into the top corner from 12 yards out with the final kick of the first half.

Weston doubled their lead less than a minute into the second half, without Hemel even having touched the ball. Nurse’s inch-perfect cross was into the corridor of uncertainty, and Bray could sidefoot home from a few yards out with Laurie Walker caught in no man’s land.

Marlon Jackson headed over the bar from a Alex Byrne corner, and Monlouis blazed over the bar from 25 yards.

With Hemel now appearing slightly flat and Weston containing possession, the Seagulls held out to win the final away game of the 2018-2019 season.

FT: Hemel Hempstead 0-2 Weston (Cane 45+3, Bray 46)

Weston XI: Purnell, Harper (Thomas-Barker 57), Goodall, Cane (C), Byrne, Harrison, Bray, Hill, Jackson (Ferguson 83), Llewellyn, Nurse. Unused sub: Pope.

MOTM: Jack Goodall – The defender filled in at left-back and put in a competent display, keeping his winger quiet and organising the defence well during the 90 minutes. Switched over to hs natural position of right-back when Harper was taken off.