Rovers run riot to book a spot in Peace Shield final

Connor Deadman scored a long-range volley for Rovers
Connor Deadman scored a long-range volley for Rovers

Hemel Rovers stormed through to the final of the Watford Peace Shield with a convincing 5-1 victory over Oxhey FC.

Sam Flood gave Rovers the lead in the first half, before a stunning 25-yard volley from Conor Deadman put Hemel 2-0 up.

Rovers were well on top and Rhys Stonebank was on hand to put them 3-0 ahead after good work by Neal Perrin.

A rare mistake by Rovers captain Joe Philips allowed Oxhey to pull a goal back, and within minutes Philips was thwarted from the penalty spot as he tried to redeem himself.

Stonebank made it 4-1 and, with only seconds left, Rovers were awarded another penalty.

This gave Hemel goalkeeper Dan Brown the chance to score his first goal for the club in six years, as he stepped up and showed his captain how a penalty should be taken.

Elsewhere, Hemel Rovers Reserves lost 5-2 at home to JC United despite a brace from Drew Duggan.