Tudors thump Leverstock Green to set up cup final clash with Tring

Matty Harriott (top) and Dennis Oli were both on target for Hemel. Picture (c) Darren Kelly
Matty Harriott (top) and Dennis Oli were both on target for Hemel. Picture (c) Darren Kelly

Hemel Hempstead Town cruised through to the final of the St Mary’s Cup with an emphatic 9-0 thumping of Leverstock Green in Tuesday night’s semi-final clash.

The Tudors raced into a 7-0 lead before half-time, before adding another two strikes in the second half to complete the rout.

Leverstock started the game brightly, and had the first shot and first corner of the game, but once Luke Allen shot Hemel into the lead from the edge of the box in the 11th minute, the tie was only going to go one way.

Within two minutes James Potton put Dennis Oli through to slot home the second, and the third came in the 19th minute from Zane Banton who scored at the second attempt after Dan McNicholas had saved his first shot.

Potton walked home the fourth goal two minutes later, and scored his second on 25 minutes with a shot that went in off the post.

Oliver Hawkins headed home a simple sixth on 30 minutes, before Hemel keeper Laurie Walker had to make his first save of the night, tipping over a shot from Louis Bircham.

Carl McCluskey and Callum Wright both had shots blocked from the resulting corner, however the Leverstock spell of pressure was short-lived as Nicke Kabamba ran through to score the seventh for Hemel on 39 minutes.

Matty Harriott floated a free-kick over the wall for the eighth goal after 52 minutes, and Hawkins headed home his second four minutes later.

With nine goals on the board and still more than 30 minutes to go it looked bleak for Leverstock, but they held out for the rest of the game, and were unlucky three minutes from time when a fierce shot from Bircham struck the bar.

Hemel go on to face Tring Athletic in the final, while Leverstock finish their season with a home game against London Tigers on Saturday.