Tudors held to a draw by Eastbourne Borough in final Conference South game of the season

Match action from Hemel Town FC's draw with Eastbourne. Picture (c) Lydia Redman
Match action from Hemel Town FC's draw with Eastbourne. Picture (c) Lydia Redman

Hemel Hempstead Town and Eastbourne Borough ended the Conference South campaign with a 0-0 stalemate at Vauxhall Road on Saturday.

A typical end of season encounter Road saw both sides settle for a point, with the Tudors probably the more disappointed of the two teams having missed a second half penalty.

Match action from Hemel Town FC's draw with Eastbourne. Picture (c) Lydia Redman

Match action from Hemel Town FC's draw with Eastbourne. Picture (c) Lydia Redman

Matty Harriott had three opportunities in the first period for Hemel but, on each occasion, the midfielder failed to find the target.

Just before the interval, Nathaniel Pinney should have given the visitors the lead when he found himself in space but he dragged his shot wide.

The second period was much the same as the first, with the Tudors creating more of the chances but failing to trouble Lewis Carey in Eastbourne goal.

James Potton almost got the better of him with a free-kick, but the Borough keeper pushed the ball out for a corner.

Nicke Kabamba has been retained by Hemel for next season. Picture (c) Lydia Redman

Nicke Kabamba has been retained by Hemel for next season. Picture (c) Lydia Redman

The defining moment of the game came halfway through the second period when Dennis Oli headed on to Nicke Kabamba, who was pulled back as he seemed set to strike on goal. The referee awarded a penalty but only gave a yellow card for the offence.

With normal penalty taker Jordan Parkes sitting in the stand due to suspension, Matty Harriott stepped up but, to the home crowd’s frustration, he drove his spot kick wide.

A late effort from Pinney almost stole the points, but in the end 0-0 was a fair reflection on the game.

Hemel Hempstead Town - 1: Laurie Walker, 2: Kyle Connolly, 3: Arthur Lee (14: David King), 4: Luke Allen, 5: Dominic Hyam, 6: Jorell Johnson, 7: James Potten, 8: Matty Harriott, 9: Oliver Hawkins, 10: Nicke Kabamba, 11: Dennis Oli ©. Subs not used - 12: Zane Banton, 15: Ed Asafu- Adjaye, 16: James Simmonds, 22: Jamie Head.

Eastbourne Borough - 1: Lewis Carey ©, 2: Ryan Worell, 3: Sam Beale, 4: Jack Evans, 5: Adam Watts, 6: Kiran Khinda-John (14: Nathaniel Pinney), 7: Matt Aldread, 8: Gavin McCallum, 9: Richard Pacquette, 10: Simon Johnson (17: Darren Lok) 11: Kane Haysman. Subs not used - 12 : Connor Pring, 15 Ian Simpemba, 16: Jake Botting.

Referee: Lloyd Wood 4/5.

Match rating: 2/5.

Man of the match: Jorrell Johnson (Hemel).

Crowd: 609.