Match Preview – Hemel Hempstead Town vs Hawks

Ahead of each of our league games this season, we’ll preview our opponents team, form and recent events, we’ll begin this ahead of our first game of the season Away against Hemel Hempstead Town.

The Hawks will begin the 2017/2018 National League South season Away at Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday 5th August, with a 3PM kickoff at Vauxhall Road.

The Last 5

01/03/17 – Hawks 1-4 Hemel

27/09/16 – Hemel 2-0 Hawks

30/04/16 – Hemel 0-3 Hawks

22/03/16 – Hawks 0-1 Hemel

18/04/15 – Hawks 3-1 Hemel

Goals are almost a certainty in games between The Hawks and The Tudors, with an average of 3 goals a game. Hemel have won 3 of the last 5 meetings between the sides, including a double over us last season. The last meeting being a controversial 4-1 Home defeat for The Hawks which saw The Hawks have Defender Ramon Marimon harshly sent off in a string of poor refereeing decisions against The Hawks.

Saturday will be our third trip to Vauxhall Road inside 12 months, with a midweek match last season in early September was postponed very close to kickoff owing to a local power failure.

Are there any links between the sides?

Midfielder Alex Osborn, who was with The Hawks during the previous two seasons, will make his competitive debut for Hemel Hempstead on Saturday. Defender Callum Driver has also previously featured for The Hawks.

How did Hemel get on during pre-season?

Hemel played 6 games during pre-season, winning 5 of them against Bovingdon FC (5-1), Arlesey Town (7-1), Hayes & Yeading United (6-1), Sutton United (1-0) and Barnet U23’s (1-0) with their only loss a 4-2 defeat at Home against Boreham Wood. Another Home friendly against Cambridge United was postponed.

Who will be The Tudors’ biggest threat?

Their biggest threat will be their main Summer signing. Charlie Sheringham signed a permanent deal at Vauxhall Road this Summer, beating promotion contenders Dartford to his signature, having been on loan with Hemel last season from Ebbsfleet. Sheringham is undoubtedly one of the top strikers in the league and will pose a threat to any team. Alongside other Forwards Ben Greenhalgh and another Summer signing, David Moyo, Hemel should on paper score plenty of goals this season.

How do I get to Vauxhall Road?

If you’re driving, head towards the M1 and leave it at Junction 8. Then take the A414 towards Hemel Hempstead. Go straight across two roundabouts and then just after passing a large Travelodge Building on your right (where there is also a Toby Carvery) move over to the right hand filter lane to turn right across the dual carriageway into Leverstock Green Road. Continue straight along this road then immediately after crossing a mini roundabout, turn left into Vauxhall Road. Then turn right at the next roundabout for the ground entrance. (Read below for important information about parking at/near the ground).

If you’re travelling by train, Hemel Hempstead station is located 2.5 Miles from the ground, so unless you fancy a long walk, you’ll probably have to get a taxi or a bus (Arriva bus routes 500, 501 and 502 run towards the ground, with route 301 getting nearest to it – check Arriva’s website for full details). Another option for those using the train would be to take a Thameslink service to St Albans City, then use the 301 bus route to get to the ground, it takes about 20 minutes but the bus only runs hourly so plan ahead.

Admission Prices and Supporter Information

Adults – £12, Concessions (Over 65’s, Students in FT Education and Military members) – £8, Under 18’s – £1

Hemel Hempstead have also posted the following information regarding the game –

“We are expecting a large attendance for this game, Vauxhall Road and the surrounding streets are likely to be very busy during the time leading up to kick off. Please consider arriving early to ease congestion at the turnstile and please be considerate to the local community if driving and parking in nearby residential areas. Entry to this game will be at turnstiles accessed via the Vauxhall Road car park ONLY. The turnstile at the Tenzing Road side of the stadium (located in the car park of the Dacorum Education Support Centre) will NOT be open for the game; likewise the car park there is unavailable for fans. Visitors to Vauxhall Road travelling by car should seek alternative parking arrangements and consider public car parks at nearby Queens Square and the car park at Travelodge/Toby Carvery accessible from Maylands Avenue, both of which are just a short walk away.”