Positive week for Tudors
Hemel Hempstead Town manager Sammy Moore believes his side go into Saturday’s clash at home to Concord Rangers after a positive week.
It comes after a midweek home win over Hitchin Town in the Hertfordshire Senior Challenge Cup and a point on the road at Braintree Town in National League South on Saturday.
The two performances have laid to rest the disappointing home league defeat to Chippenham Town the previous week, which saw Tudors boss Moore look for a response from his players.
And, after the goalless encounter in difficult conditions at Braintree, Moore was far happier with the effort on show.
“The conditions were tough to play in,” he told Tudor Talk TV. “We knew that coming into the game.
“I can’t fault the players’ efforts - everyone put a good shift in.
“It’s a clean sheet we’ve been wanting and something to build on.
“Defensively we were very good.
“We tried to play at the right times and, when we got it right, we cut them open and created good chances.
“What we did lack was that bit of quality in the final third.”
Moore added: “It was a positive performance.
“I certainly wanted a reaction from last week and we got that on Tuesday at home to Hitchin and we’ve carried that on today [Saturday].
“The conditions played a big part in today’s game but I can’t fault the players’ efforts.
“We created some good chances. We just need that little bit of luck in the final third for it to drop for one of us.
“Overall, when you come to a tough place like this and they’ve been tough to beat here, Weymouth have come here and had to settle for a point.
“I certainly feel this week there have been a lot of positives to take. It has been a positive week.”
A team bonding session has been scheduled for Tuesday night before the Tudors prepare on Thursday for the visit of Concord Rangers on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw, on loan from Manchester City, picked up his first clean sheet for the Tudors.
“I came to get used to a different way of playing,” he said. “It’s different from what I’m used to but first-team football is what I needed.”