Tudors boss Brennan ‘disappointed’ with draw against in-form Bath City

Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Hemel Hempstead Town boss Dean Brennan admitted he was disappointed not to have picked up all three points as the Tudors drew 1-1 at high-flying Bath City on Saturday.

Hemel went in front against table topping Bath through an Oliver Hawkins header, but the hosts hit back after half-time courtesy of an effort from Aden Baldwin.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t win to be honest because I thought we did enough to have won the game,” said Brennan. “We should have got ourselves two goals in front and we looked comfortable enough.

“Credit to the opposition, they made a good tactical change at the start of the second half, going three at the back, and they caught us out for the first 10 or 15 minutes until we could counteract that; and they scored within that time.”

Hawkins had a late effort disallowed for offside, and Brennan felt it was a decision which cost his side a deserved victory.

“We had a goal chalked off in the last couple of minutes of the game and I have watched the video back – I didn’t think it was offside at the time and it wasn’t,” said the Hemel boss.

“I did think that the referee had an excellent game, and it was his assistant who made that decision, but at no stage did I think that Oli Hawkins’ goal was offside.”

Hemel have been on the wrong end of a number of refereeing decisions in recent games,but Brennan isn’t using that as an excuse.

“We’ve been a little bit unlucky of late but the harder you work, the luckier you get, and I truly believe that,” he said.

“For us, is it a good point or is it a bad point? Only time will tell. We’ve led three times in the last two games and we haven’t managed to take maximum points in either of them when I felt we deserved to.

“I’m happy with the performances but we just haven’t been able to get on the right end of the results. So we will keep working hard, and just look ahead to the next one.”

Next up for Hemel is a National League South clash with Hayes & Yeading United at Vauxhall Road tomorrow night.