Hemel Hempstead Town endured a frustrating afternoon as they were beaten 2-1 by Bishop’s Stortford at Vauxhall Road on Saturday.
Two clinical finishes for the visitors were enough to grab three points and, on the balance of play, it was a deserved victory as the Tudors just ran out of ideas in their attempts to get back into the game.
Stortford suffered an early set back when Sheldon Sellears crashed into the perimeter wall and had to be replaced after a lengthy delay. Ironically, his replacement Dymon Labonne proved to be the match winner, with two excellent assists and a superb all round performance.
The first goal came on 20 minutes when Labonne’s pace saw him race clear down Hemel’s right and his cross found an unmarked Anthony Church who rose and headed home.
Hemel created and missed a few chances before half-time but the away side’s defence held firm.
Neither team created much at the start of the second period but it was Labonne who helped put Stortford in a strong position when he got clear again down the right side, before crossing to Elliot Buchanon at the far post and he made no mistake.
Rod Stringer’s side were in no mood to surrender their advantage and Hemel just couldn’t find their way through a well organised defence.
With only a minute remaining Mo Shariff at last managed to find some space in the box and finished well from a tight angle, but it was too little too late and Stortford deservedly went home with all three points.
Hemel Hempstead Town: 1 Jamie Butler, 2 Ben Herd, 3 Dennis Oli, 4 Matty Harriott (12 Kyle Connolly), 5 Terrell Forbes, 6 Matt Spring (15 Mo Sharriff), 7 James Potton ©, 8 Ed Oshodi, 9 Oilver Hawkins (14 Michael Richens), 10 John Frendo, 11 Jack Smith. Subs not used: 16 Ben Sampayo, 17 Xavier Comas Leon.
Bishop’s Stortford: 1 Tom Lovelock, 2 DeReece Vanderhyde, 3 Johnny Herd, 4 Alli Abdullahi, 5 Christian Smith, 6 George Allen, 7 Sheldon Sellears (14 Dymon Labonne - 16Josh Ekin), 8 Anthony Church ©, 9 Elliot Buchanon, 10 Matt Johnson, 11 Mason Walsh (12 Matty Fanimo). Subs not used 15 Frankie Merryfield, 17 Anthony Furlong.
Match rating: 3/5.