26 August 2017. Dartford win 0-3. Two penalties, taken by Elliot Bradbrook,. E BRADBROOK 53', A PAVEY 77', E BRADBROOK 86'.
From PureDFC: There will be a lot of plaudits for our attacking play and rightly so but spare a thought for our defence as there were times we were under immense pressure at 0-0 and our back four were fantastic again. Tom Bonner was class yet again organising and covered in the way he often does. I'd love to know his ratio of headers won against his centre forwards, I rarely see him lose one. Not to mention his tackling on the big centre forwards he marks. Someone said Charlie Sheringham was in his pocket, couldn't agree more but Bonner does this in almost all the games.
Our quality players are showing up and we're scoring goals and this is from the basis of a top quality defence. Have to think about MOTM as so many excellent performances, Noble, Bradders, Bonner, Harris, Alfie and probably plenty of others I'm doing discredit to by not mentioning them.
Make no bones about it this was not an easy game and we went there and put in over 90 mins an excellent performance and I don't think 3-0 was flattering. Honestly don't remember Del Ibrahim making a save of any note regardless of their early pressure in the first half.
Hemel's twitter comment was that the first penalty "Looked very, very soft." but they would say that. Attendance: 411
In 1539 King Henry VIII (of the six wives fame), granted a charter to make Hemel a market town. It is said that when he visited Hemel Hempstead with Anne Boleyn he stayed at the Bury in Gadebridge park, all that remains is the charter tower next to the church. This was the beginning of the town's population growth. Elizabeth I also had connections with Boxmoor, late in her reign she gave the lands around Boxmoor (some 245 acres) to Robert Earl of Leicester, who conveyed the land to the Boxmoor Trust so holding the land for the use of the local inhabitants. Local residents are still entitled to grazing rights on the moor to this day. Hemel Hempstead is a thriving town of 80,000 people, the most famous landmark probably being the "magic" roundabout, which infact is a series of small roundabouts around one big one.
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