Weather permitting, Moors travel to Hemel Hempstead Town this Saturday in the 3rd Round of the FA Buildbase Trophy. Kick Off 3.00 pm. It is the first ever meeting of the two clubs neither of whom have reached the fourth round, or put another way, quarter finals of this cup. The “Tudors” play in the National South following promotion from the Southern League Premier in 2014. They have played at their Vauxhall Road ground since 1972 when the club merged with Hemel Hempstead United.
Here’s your full pre-match preview from John Clothier…
Hemel Hempstead disposed of Eastleigh in the First Round of the Trophy and Wingate and Finchley in the Second.
Stats for the last six league matches read Hemel Hempstead DLLDDW, with Moors on WWDWWL
The Tudors sit in 14th position in the National South with 37 points from 26 games, while Moors are third in the National league with 57 points from 31 games.
In the Opposite Dugout
Joe Deeney joined our hosts in November last year following the unexpected departure to Billericay of the previous management team who last season led the club to the play-offs. He had been Assistant manager at Oxford City for the previous two years and before that had spent 14 years as a youth coach at Luton Town.
Men to Watch
Skipper and free kick specialist, Jordan Parkes, is an attacking midfielder currently in his second spell with the club. His professional career began with four years at Watford followed by two seasons at Barnet. He originally joined the Tudors in 2012 but left last season for a spell at Ebbsfleet before returning for the current campaign. Whilst the Board deliberated on the management vacancy, Jordon also took on the caretaker role.
Also keep an eye on central defender Darren Ward who over a 22-year professional career has played for Watford, Millwall, Crystal Palace, Swindon, and Yeovil, clocking up 556 games in the football league. He was caretaker manager at Swindon during his time there and also helped Jordan Parkes in the same capacity at Vauxhall Road more recently.
A quote from the Gaffer
Tim Flowers: "We’ve had them watched. They’re a good side, they’ve been playing three at the back up until Saturday when they reverted to a back four.
"They like to play, they like to get the ball down and pass the ball. They don’t necessarily get it forward early, they like to play through midfield. They’ve got one or two names that I think people would consider household names – Darren Ward, Sanchez Watt – they’ve got one or two lads that have plied their trade at very high levels.
"I thought the pitch looked average, if I’m honest, it’s a bit bobbly and looks like they’ve trained on it a bit, so we’re gonna have to be right on our game to get something.
"We’re not going down there to lose the game, we’re going down to try and put on a performance and earn their respect.
"We’re getting to that stage now where if there’s one more result for us, we’re getting ourselves into the last eight and then suddenly if the coin drops on your side on any given day, you’re sniffing a bit of glory."
Did You Know?
Hemel Hempstead is famous for its “Magic Roundabout”. Known as the “Plough” roundabout ( a pub which was demolished during its construction), this extraordinarily huge feature is fed by six mini roundabouts. It’s not quite unique but there are only a few such designs in existence. It is also known as “Moor End” Roundabout, named after the apartment block which is close by!
Adults - £14
Concessions - £9
Under 18’s - unaccompanied £5, accompanied £1
Under 12's - Free with an adult.
Season ticket holders Adults - £9 Concessions - £5
This applies to both home and away season ticket holders.
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