News - February 2009

Saturday 28 February - Three more points for Greens

Hendon won this afternoon's home game with Harlow Town 5-0, not only giving the Greens a valuable three points the fight against relegation, but also their first home league win at Vale Farm - the previous best result being a draw with Heybridge in November. Brian Haule opened the scoring on six minutes, shooting home on the turn, while a penalty awarded for a careless challenge away from goal gave Peter Dean an opportunity to score the second on 24 minutes. The penalty was saved, but the striker followed up and hit the back of the net. Just three minutes later Lee O'Leary scored the best goal of the game, a dipping volley from around 25 yards beating James Hasell all ends up. James Busby scored the fourth just five minutes before half time to give Hendon an apparently unassailable lead.

The second half saw less action in the Harlow penalty area, and indeed the Hawks putting more pressure on the Greens on occasion. However, Danny Wolf fouled Brian Haule on 56 minutes with a poor chalenge and saw himself sent off, Haule unable to continue and Harlow down to ten men. The rout was completed in the 85th minute when a shot deflected off the back of Ryan Hall into Peter Dean's path. Dean made no mistake for his brace. The win puts Hendon up to 19th place and back in amongst the scrap for safety.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 28 February - Supporters lose on penalties

Before the main event this afternoon, Hendon's Supporters played their second game of the season, facing Harlow's fans in a rematch after last season's 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Hawks. The game was largely fought on the basis of defence, with neither side managing to break the deadlock over 90 minutes. For the Greens, captain Simon Lawrence came closest with a drive from outside the area not quite dipping far enough and crashing back off the bar late in the second half. Both teams agreed to a penalty shoot-out as a decider, Harlow winning 4-3 despite Andrew Vincent pulling off an excellent stop for the Hawk's second effort.

Posted at 17:45

Saturday 21 February - Swifts self-destruct to give Hendon points

Hendon secured a valuable three points in their fight against possible relegation, beating bottom placed Heybridge Swifts 2-0 this afternoon at Scrawley Road. Chances were few and far between at either end, with Heybridge arguably creating more but neither keeper found himself tested often. The key incident came in the second half when two Heybridge players became involved in an altercation, Ian Wiles pushing Ollie Morris-Sanders to the ground and turning away for the 'keeper to react with his fist. Morris-Saunders was dismissed and Hendon immediately scored, a corner being flicked across the goal where Brian Haule rose to head home from close range. Deep in stoppage time, a Heybridge throw was played to replacement 'keeper Jamie Bowyer who tried to clear his lines but saw it deflect off Haule instead. The striker was first to the ball as it rolled across the six yard box and made no mistake in sealing the points.

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 21 February - Middlesex Semi-Final date fixed

The date for our Middlesex Senior Cup semi-final will has been fixed for Tuesday 10th March and will take place at Wembley's Vale Farm. The Greens will be seeking revenge for two league defeats at the hands of the Stones and a place in the final of the competition for the second season running.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 19 February - It's Wealdstone in the Middlesex

This evening, Wealdstone managed to stage their Middlesex Senior Cup quarter final with Hampton at the fourth attempt and so we now know who we will be hosting in the next round. The Stones won 1-0 with young striker Callum Martin firing home late on to secure the win. While no date has been set yet, we will update you as soon as we have more info.

Posted at 22:30

Thursday 19 February - Horsham off, Sutton moved

Next week's game with Horsham has been postponed as the Sussex side have been asked to play a cup tie instead. A new date will be announced as soon as possible. Meanwhile, following further discussion our fixture with Sutton United has provisionally been moved forward a day to Tuesday 31st March. This is pending a forthcoming league cup draw for Wembley - should they be drawn at home then the date will have to be changed again.

Posted at 17:00

Saturday 14 February - Hendon steal a point

Hendon took a point this afternoon at Vale Farm, as they came back from 2-0 down to draw with visitors Tooting & Mitcham United. A poor first half performance saw Tooting take the lead in just the 14th minute through Aaron Goode, with Michail Antonio extending it on 40 minutes to send the Terrors in 2-0 ahead. The Greens got their first bit of luck just 7 minutes into the second half as a Harry Hunt shot which looked to be going wide was deflected past Dave King by defender Andrew Howell, then a late rally saw the Greens draw level, James Parker scoring from close range after substitute Brian Haule had squared the ball into the box.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 14 February - Two games rearranged

Our two currently outstanding league games have had new dates set, leaving just our Middlesex Senior Cup tie with either Wealdstone or Hampton & Richmond Borough without a date. Hastings will visit us at Vale Farm on Tuesday 24th March, while the following week we play our third game aganst Sutton this seaso at Vale Farm on Wednesday 1st April.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 10 February - No game next Tuesday

Following last night's deluge in North-West London, Wealdstone were forced into postponing their Middlesex Senior Cup tie with Hampton & Richmond Borough for the fourth time. As the two clubs have agreed with the Middlesex FA that they make the fifth attempt on Thursday 19th February our opponents won't be known by the previously planned date. We will inform supporters of the rearranged fixture as soon as details are known.

Posted at 22:30

Tuesday 10 February - Matchball sponsorship sold out

All matchball sponsorship packages have now been sold for the remainder of the season, with every game since the Supporters' Trust re-launched sponsorship having been taken up - the first game having been our farewell to Claremont Road in September. Almost £1700 has been raised towards funds through these packages for which we would like to thank all our sponsors, both individual and corporate. A full list of sponsors can be viewed on the Sponsorship page. For those who missed out, several players still remain unsponsored for just £80 + VAT. Again, more details can be found on the sponsorship page.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 07 February - Dover outclass Dons

Runaway leaders Dover Athletic showed their class this afternoon as they ran out winners this afternoon at the Crabble. Hendon's effort came to nothing, although the Greens nearly reached halftime with the scores level with Dover not breaking the deadlock until the 37th minute after a defensive error let in Sammy Moore to put the home side ahead. Just four minutes later they doubled their lead as Shaun Welford headed home a Frannie Collin cross. Again, for much of the second half Dover were kept at bay, but eventually Dover put the result beyond doubt, Collin getting himself on the scoresheet.

Posted at 20:00

Friday 06 February - Join in the sponsored walk!

For the third year running, the Supporters' Trust are organising a sponsored walk to our away game with Harrow Borough. The walk will take place on Saturday 7th March, rain or shine (or snow!) and will take the usual route from Claremont Road to Earlsmead, a distance of roughly nine miles with a departure time of 10am. Proceeds will, as usual, be divided equally between the Trust and St. Lukes Hospice, Kenton.

This has always been a well supported event and we hope that this year will be no different. Sponsor forms are available in the bar at Vale Farm and will remain there through the forthcoming games with Tooting & Mitcham, Harlow Town and Horsham, while you can also get a form through Tony Rice by e-mail (tony.rice@osram.co.uk).

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 04 February - Tonight's match postponed

After a pitch inspection earlier this morning, our fixture with Hastings Town has been postponed. There is still a large amount of snow lying on the pitch ensuring that it is unplayable, while conditions around the ground cannot be guranteed to be safe for staff and spectators. We will carry news of a rearranged fixture as soon as it is available.

Posted at 12:30

Tuesday 03 February - Pitch inspection at 11:30

We will be holding a local pitch inspection at half past eleven tomorrow morning prior to our scheduled fixture with Hastings United in the evening. At the moment it is expected that the inspection will be little more than a formality as Wembley's fixture this evening has been called off and both terraces and the pitch are still well under snow. However, in the unlikely event of an overnight thaw it is still possible that our game may be able to go ahead. As usual, Greensnet will carry the result of the inspection as soon as we are able to update.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 02 February - London Senior Cup date and venue

The date and venue for our London Senior Cup 4th round tie with Erith and Belvedere was announced this weekend by our hosts, who are groundsharing this season. They have managed to secure use of their normal home at Welling United FC's Park View Road on Tuesday 3rd March - directions will be available shortly through the fixtures page.

Posted at 10:00