It was a very end to end first 20 minutes, with Hemel coming close to taking the lead from a free kick 25 yards out. Carruthers almost buried it at the far post but North got a hand to it and did well to keep it out. Just four minutes later, the hosts came close again but flashed a shot just wide of the post.
Right after this attack, on 17 minutes Slough found an opener with George Hunt scoring his first goal for Slough. A cross from Tenconi found Hunt inside the box and he slotted it home via a deflection.
Hemel then put on the pressure and came close on two occasions, as Castigione’s effort inside the box was well saved by North.
They finally found a breakthrough and levelled up the affair as the Hemel skipper Mantom scored a wonder goal from 25 yards out into the top corner of the goal.
The two sides were level at the break but on the hour mark Slough regained the lead thanks to another goal from Tenconi. He outmuscled the Hemel defence after a short backpass and made contact with the ball, which rolled into the empty goal.
However, Slough were immediately on the back foot as North was sent off for a deliberate handball outside the box. With North being Slough’s only keeper named in the squad, and with the absence of Ben Harris, Matthew Lench replaced him for the rest of the game.
Lench then went on to make a fantastic save just five minutes later, as he tipped a powerful shot over the bar.
With five minutes to go before additional time Hemel found their equaliser as Cole Kpekawa got the last touch of the ball in a goalmouth scramble to make it two goals apiece.
With three minutes left, Carruthers was awarded a red card after fouling Aaron Kuhl. The Rebels midfielder received treatment and was able to carry on for the last few minutes of the game.
Hemel pressed to find a winner in the dying embers, but were unsuccessful and the game ended all square.
Image: Philip Benton
Hemel Hempstead Town Line up
Hayes, Simpson, Scott-Morriss, Kpekawa, Nembhard, Castiglione, Mantom, Morgan-Griffiths, Carruthers, Cerulli, Addai. Substitutes: King, Ajayi, Maghoma, Robins, Prosper.