Ten-man Tudors held to a draw by Wingate & Finchley

Hemel Town captain James Potton was forced off injured. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel Town captain James Potton was forced off injured. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Hemel Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Ryman Premier League side Wingate & Finchley in Tuesday night’s pre-season friendly at the Harry Abrahams Stadium.

Town were leading 2-1 with five minutes to go, but the hosts kept plugging away and forced an equaliser to ensure the game finished all square.

It was a good workout for Hemel, although a lack of substitutes proved costly as they were forced to play the last 20 minutes of the game with only 10 men after skipper James Potton was forced off injured.

The draw maintains Hemel’s unbeaten pre-season run, but they found themselves behind in the early stages on Tuesday when Wingate & Finchley striker Rob Laney tapped in from close range following a burst down the left from Kyle Watson.

The Tudors were soon back on level terms, however, as a foul in the box allowed Jamie Slabber to fire home the equaliser from the penalty spot.

Laney came close to restoring the hosts’ advantage with a header, but he was denied by an excellent fingertip save from Hemel keeper Jamie Head.

And it was Hemel who went in front on the hour mark when new signing Ian Rees headed home powerfully from a corner to put his side 2-1 up.

The Tudors were down to 10 men around 10 minutes later, however, as Potton hobbled off injured, and Wingate & Finchley began to increase the pressure on Day’s goal.

Ola Sogbanmu hit the post for the hosts, before the equalising goal duly arrived five minutes from time when Nipper Read applied the finishing touch to Micah Jackson’s excellent build-up play to complete the scoring.