It was a frustrating afternoon for Hemel Town as they went down 1-0 to Maidenhead United at Vauxhall Road.
For the second home game running Hemel found their visitors a hard nut to crack and ended up as the losing side.
Despite having most of the possession and chances during 90 minutes, it was a mistake at the back just before half-time that cost the Tudors, when a header from Ben Herd was intercepted by James Tarpey who dispatched his chance to give his side the lead.
Ollie Hawkins had brought the best out of Carl Pentney in United’s goal, with Pentney saving three times from the Hemel number 9 in the first period.
Willy Gnahore and James Potton also saw their efforts saved. Indeed, Maidenhead didn’t have their first shot until the half hour mark when Ben Wright had his volley saved by Jamie Butler.
The second period was much the same with Maidenhead happy to soak up the pressure and break on the counter.
Ben Wright should have doubled the advantage when he hit the bar after good work by Harry Pritchard.
Hemel continued to make and miss chances and it just wasn’t to be their day when the lively Jamel Lowe got clear and fired the ball along the visitor’s goal line only to see it hacked clear.
John Frendo and Ed Asafu-Adjaye made their first appearances of the season for Hemel following lengthy injuries, but both had late efforts saved as it was the Magpies who returned home with the three points.
After the game, Hemel manager Dean Brennan said he was happy with the way his team performed with only 12 fully fit players.
He felt that they conceded a soft goal but had more than enough chances to win the game.
The Tudors boss was pleased to get Asafu-Adjaye and Frendo some minutes on the pitch and is confident that the team will pick up points in the coming weeks
Hemel Hempstead Town 1: Jamie Butler 2: Ben Herd 3: Kyle Connolly 4: Matty Harriott 5: Terrell Forbes (14 Ed Asafu-Adjaye) 6: Matt Spring 7: Dennis Oli 8: Ed Oshodi 9: Oliver Hawkins 10: Wilfred Gnohore (16 Jamel Lowe) 11: James Potton © (12 John Frendo) Subs not used 15: Ben Sampayo 17: Comas-Leon
Maidnehead United 1: Carl Pentney 2: Josh Huggins 3: Rene Steer 4: Ryan Upward (15: Keiron Forbes) 5: Alan Massey© 6: Dean Inman 7: Dave Tarpey (16: Sam Barratt) 8: James Mulley 9: Jake Reid 10: Ben Wright (12: Mark Nisbet) 11: Harry Pritchard Subs not used 17: Kal Walters 14: Andy Jenkinson.
Attendance - 416; Match rating - 3/5; Man of the Match - Alan Massey (Maidenhead).