News - February 2017

Tuesday 28 February - Gary remains positive despite defeats

Gary McCann has stayed positive despite two disappointments in the past week.

After losing on penalties to Wealdsone in the Middesex Senior Cup a week ago, he said, "I thought we played really well against a team in the league above us. They were at near full strength and it was not until the last five minutes that they really caused us problems.

"In the first half, in particular, I thought we dominated and probably should have been ahead. The move that led to Sam Murphy shooting over the bar was exceptional and it is disappointing that he didn't force the goalkeeper to make a save.

"There were other chances too, that required just a little more composure. In the second half, Wealdstone did put us under more pressure, but we certainly had our chances.

"For most of the game you would not have known which team was in the National League South and which was struggling in the Ryman Premier and speaks volumes for the quality of our performance. It was only in the last five minutes that they got at us.

"Losing on penalties was obviously very disappointing because it would have been nice to have a cup final to look forward to."

As for the Saturday defeat at Billericay, McCann noted, "This was not a game we deserved to lose at all, let alone by 4-1. But how many times have I said recently that the performance merited one or three points but we ended up with none?

"It has been the story of our season. The defence did well in dealing with most of what Billericay did from open play, but we have not defended set plays well enough, especially the second phases. Most set play goals don't come from the first phase, but we have to be much better in dealing with these second phases.

"For the first 10 or so minutes, I thought we were excellent and could have been in front. But then, from their first real attack, they scored and it knocked us back.

"It seems that when we start well and concede in this way, we don't recover from the blow quickly and it showed again at Billericay as they then went 3-0 up. We had some very good passages of play and some excellent chances in the early stages, but we did not do enough to turn the pressure into goals.

"I am continuing to work on all aspects of our game, but especially defensively. But with all the new faces in the team they have got to get to know everyone very quickly and have no period of bedding in. We continue to fight for survival."

Posted at 18:48

Tuesday 28 February - Walking Football session on Saturday

As some supporters will be aware, our walking football team have had a couple of games against Havant & Waterlooville which were very enjoyable. As a result, a number of the team are interested in playing more often, but we need some practice and more players.

They are going to have a practice game on the pitch at SJP on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm for a maximum of one hour, and they would like to hear from any Hendon supporters who would like to play.

Those interested should bring their own kit, including trainers or boots that a suitable for an articial surface, shin pads, and green, white, red or blue tops as team kits aren't currently available.

Walking football is normally an over 50's game, but we're not going to be strict on this rule. If there are any budding referees out there, they would also be very welcome.

Rules of walking football to the usual, but they'll be explained on the day.

If you are interested in being a part of this, please email the website on hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com and we'll pass your details on to the organisers. In any case, anyone just turning up for a 1pm start won't be turned away, but it would be helpful to have an idea of numbers.

Posted at 18:46

Monday 27 February - Change of email address

We have a new email address for contacting the website - which is hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com - and this replaces the admin@hendonfc.net address for the time being.

Unfortunately the providers of our hendonfc.net email services, which has been free since it was set up over 15 years ago, have decided to start charging. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our supporters who have hendonfc.net email addresses.

Posted at 17:59

Sunday 26 February - Hendon U18 side update

Our U18 side, ably managed by John Creith, have continued their good form in recent weeks with a 4-1 win over Camberley Town and a 5-0 win over Northwood. This leaves our youngsters in second place in the table, although clubs below them have games in hand.

They are in action again tomorrow when they travel to Hayes & Yeading United, who they beat 6-4 at the beginning of the year in the reverse fixture. The game will be played on the 3G pitch outside their new stadium at Beaconsfield Road (where Yeading used to play their home games before the merger) and kicks off at 7.45pm.

Reports on most of the recent games, the fixtures, results and league table can be found on the Under 18 pages.

Posted at 16:14

Sunday 26 February - Keagan Cole hat-trick in County win

Keagan Cole hit a first half hat-trick as the Middlesex County U18 side beat Oxfordshire 7-2 this afternoon in the semi finals of the FA County Youth Cup. Also in the starting line up was another member of both our U18 and first team squads in Malachy McGovern.

The final, which will be against Cornwall who beat Durham 2-1 yesterday, is due to be played on the weekend of 8th/9th April, with the venue to be announced.

Posted at 16:00

Saturday 25 February - Greens rue lack of final third quality

The first team were left rueing a lack of quality in the final third at both ends of the pitch after going down to a 4-1 defeat at Billericay Town.

Whilst the scoreline doesn't reflect the fact that the Greens had plenty of possession and played some very good football, it does reflect the fact that Billericay took their chances when they came along, and were defensively more secure than Hendon.

Before Rob Swaine gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute, the Greens had had a couple of very good chances, but found keeper Alan Julian in fine form as he made some excellent saves. Billy Bricknell then scored twice to put Billericay in control of the game by the half hour mark, before Arthur Lee had a goal disallowed for a foul on Julian.

Billericay extended their lead further in the 66th minute through Adam Cunnington, before Marcel Barrington slammed a rebound home after Julian had made another good save from a Reis Stanislaus shot.

As the game continued to its end, it was the Greens who had more possession but they were unable to turn it into goals, and ultimately that is what counts, not just good effort and workrate.

The result means that a really good run of victories is now needed to give any chance of surviving relegation, starting next weekend with a tough test against Leiston.

Posted at 19:37

Thursday 23 February - Graham Etchell to retire at end of season

Club secretary Graham Etchell has announced that he will be retiring from his post this summer, after more than 25 years at the club. Graham has worked tirelessly in his role, ensuring all the administration at the club has been kept in order and making sure that everyone and everything is in the right place at the right time.

His knowledge, guidance and experience has been crucial, particularly in recent years following our departure from Claremont Road, our nomadic years and our move into Silver Jubilee Park to ensure that we were able to keep the club alive and continue playing football. Not only has Graham looked after the administration at the club, he has also ensured we have the right kit at the games, edited the programme, looked after the youth teams and much much more.

Clearly his departure will leave a huge hole at the club, but the Trust Board and the Football Club Board are already looking at how we replace him.

The club will be considering all options before deciding exactly how to proceed. It is possible that the club will look to the supporters for assistance in relation to some of Graham's existing duties and look to recruit a part-time replacement in a paid capacity for his other duties

If you are or might be interested in helping the club in a voluntary capacity or in the part-time paid role or you know someone who might be interested, please send an email expressing that interest to hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com and we will be in touch as soon as we have made a decision on the way forward.

Graham has promised to ensure that there is a handover period so that anyone who assumes any of his responsibilities will have the benefit of his experience and knowledge.

While this post focuses' on Graham and the contribution that he has made, we mustn't forget Lyn, his wife, who has helped behind the scnes at the club and supported Graham in so many ways and for so many years.

Posted at 19:14

Thursday 23 February - Admission arrangements for Billericay home game

The club have been in discussion with the Ryman League and Billericay Town regarding admission arrangements for the rearranged game following the abandonment due to fog.

The agreed admission arrangements are as follows.

All those who have retained their ticket from the first game will gain free admission, on condition that the ticket has the serial number showing so that it can be reconciled against tickets issued on the night. Tickets without serial numbers - or with serial numbers not issued on the night will not be accepted.

Season ticket holders will be admitted on production of Special Match Voucher 01 which can be found towards the back of your season ticket book.

All other supporters will be charged normal admission prices - £10 adults, £5 OAP's & Students and £1 for Under 18s.

Posted at 11:20

Wednesday 22 February - Josh to run in London Marathon

Josh McLeod-Urquhart, who joined us on loan last week, is running in the 2017 London Marathon for Diabetes UK and is on the lookout for sponsors.

If you would like to sponsor Josh, you can go to his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Josh-Urquhart.

Posted at 22:46

Tuesday 21 February - No silverware for Greens this season

There'll be no silverware for the first team this season after they were beaten on penalties by Wealdstone a breezy SJP this evening following a 0-0 draw.

Chances were limited for both sides, with the best for the Greens coming in the first half from Sam Murphy, but his effort flew over the bar, whilst the Stones rarely tested Tom Lovelock, although they had 2 or 3 good chances as the game drew to a close.

With the scoreline goalless after 90 minutes, the game moved to penalties and Wealdstone were the more clinical, winning the shootout 3-1.

Posted at 23:10

Sunday 19 February - Travel Advice - Billericay & AFC Sudbury

It has been brought to our attention that there are no trains running out of Liverpool Street for our trip to Billericay on Saturday, and also on 25th March when we travel to AFC Sudbury. This is connected with the ongoing Crossrail upgrade works, which includes major works at Shenfield.

This coming Saturday the official travel advice from the train operators is to use the Central Line to Newbury Park, and then use the rail replacement bus service which will be available from there to Billericay station.

However, an alternative that has been highlighted on our messageboard is to use C2C services to Basildon (from West Ham or Fenchurch Street), and then use the number 100 bus to Billericay - alighting at the Sun Street stop which is the nearest to the ground. The 100 runs every 15 minutes and the timetable can be found on the link below.

Service 100 timetable

For the AFC Sudbury game, there is no easy alternative that we are aware of, other than to travel to Newbury Park on the Central Line, then the rail replacement bus to Ingatestone to then pick up train services to Marks Tey and changing there to go to Sudbury.

Finally, advance warning that the Metropolitan Line will only be running between Wembley Park and Aldgate on Monday 17th April when we are due to play at Harrow Borough. However, the Piccadilly Line and the hourly service from Marylebone to Northolt Park will be running.

Our away games at Leatherhead and Folkestone Invicta are not due to be disrupted by engineering works for those travelling by train.

Posted at 12:50

Saturday 18 February - Entertaining game, disappointing result

The first team played out a thoroughly entertaining, but ultimately disappointing, game at Havant & Waterlooville this afternoon, the home side winning 3-2.

It was the Greens who drew first blood when Matt Ball opened the scoring with a stunning free kick from 25 yards that flew into the top corner with home keeper Ryan Young left statuesque. However, that only served to spur the Hawks to respond with three goals in ten minutes.

Firstly Bradley Tarbuck equalised two minutes after Ball had scored, and then Rory Williams put the home side ahead with a free kick that was every bit as good as Ball's. Alfie Rutherford made it 3-1 in the 27th minute and it looked like the home side were going to run away with it. But the Greens refused to give up and were rewarded on the stroke of half time when Keagan Cole rose to head home a fine cross from Sam Murphy.

The Greens took the game to their hosts, and as a result Young was the busier of the two keepers. He was forced into two top class saves, the first a flying save to keep out a fierce drive from Reis Stanislaus, and then one low down near his post to keep out a shot from Cole. However, the Greens task was made tougher with 15 minutes to go when James Harper was sent off for a second bookable offence. However, both defences held firm and it was the home side who were the happy ones on the final whistle.

With a number of the sides immediately above the Greens in the table winning this afternoon, the task to stay up is still a tough one, but the performance today show that the squad aren't ready to give up.

Posted at 20:14

Saturday 18 February - Two more join, one departs

Gary McCann added two further defensive players to the squad ahead of this afternoon's game at Havant & Waterlooville.

Joining on a months loan from Maidenhead United is James Hammond, whilst Daniel Rumens joins on a dual-registration from Braintree Town.

27 year old Hammond began his career at Colchester United and then had spells at Potters Bar Town and Leyton before spending four years at Wealdstone. Before joining the Magpies this summer, he spent a season at Concord Rangers.

Rumens, who is 21 years old, has also played for Dagenham & Redbridge, Thurrock, Histon and Bishop's Stortford.

Meanwhile, leaving the club is Quba Gordon, who has returned to his home club Boreham Wood.

Posted at 20:06

Friday 17 February - Defender signs on a months loan

We have signed Josh McLeod-Urquhart on a months loan from Wealdstone, and he goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's game at Havant & Waterlooville.

The 24 year old defender signed for Wealdstone from Harlow Town in June 2015 and has also appeared for St Albans City and Northampton Town.

Posted at 13:37

Tuesday 14 February - Gary's thoughts on Lowestoft

Gary McCann reflected on Saturday's draw with Lowestoft as he said, "If we had spoken at five past five on Saturday, I would raged about our frustrating performance and inability to win the game.

"But, having had time to think about it, I have to give great credit to Lowestoft for the way that they defended, especially in the second half.

"When a team has a player sent off, or in this case a goalkeeper replaced with an outfield player, you want every player to give you an extra bit of effort for the team. This makes it that bit more difficult. Lowestoft changed their shape and were happy to soak up pressure without giving us too many shooting opportunities.

"That said, I think we should have done much better in terms of quality and decision making. We didn't work their stand-in goalkeeper anything like enough.

"We could have won the match, but we could equally have lost it as Lowestoft had three good chances in the second half, in the second minute, midway through, when they hit the post and right at the end. But we had our own chances, and possibly the best of the game in the last two minutes.

"Losing Casey was a massive blow for us. He will be out for some time and that is bad news for him and us, too.

"This was a game I really felt we had to win, especially as we have four very difficult games coming up. One thing the League has shown this season is that if you get it right on the day, you can beat any opponent, irrespective of where the teams are in the table."

Posted at 20:39

Sunday 12 February - Goalless afternoon at SJP

The first team played out a goalless draw against Lowestoft Town at a chilly Silver Jubilee Park yesterday afternoon. Chances were limited in number, and the Greens were made to make an early change when Casey Maclaren suffered a suspected cracked rib, and Lowestoft played the last 50 minutes without a specialist keeper after Jamie Waite suffered a shoulder injury.

However, the Greens remain in 21st place in the table after Leatherhead's 3 point deduction was confirmed during the week by the Ryman League.

Posted at 15:43

Tuesday 07 February - Greens come back twice to draw

The first team showed real determination and desire this evening as they came back twice to earn a 2-2 draw against league leaders Bognor Regis Town.

The Rocks took the lead as early as the 2nd minute through Chad Field, but within 10 minutes Marcel Barrington had equalised with his first goal for the club.

The visitors regained the lead on the hour mark through Elijah Abebayo, but the Greens refused to give up and were rewarded five minutes from time when Keagan Cole found the back of the net.

Posted at 23:14

Monday 06 February - Gary looks to build on Grays win

Gary McCann was delighted to pick up three vital Ryman League Premier Division points against basement-dwelling Grays Athletic. He said, "This was a really good win and a very important one.

"But the big challenge, and I stressed this in the dressing room after the game on Saturday, is that we have to back up this win with another one against Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday. It won't be easy, I know, but we have pick up some momentum.

"The scoreline on Saturday was tighter than the game suggests. I thought we played very well and could have won by more goals.

"What you saw at Grays was a Hendon team determined to win. We showed fantastic commitment and every player did their bit for the team.

"Things were certainly not easy for us with so many players - especially in defence - missing and three players had fitness tests before the game. It meant we had to shuffle things around with Sam Murphy going in at left back, and I thought did an admirable job.

"Up front I thought we offered a real threat. Kezie Ibe was more like the Kezie of two seasons ago and he linked up so well with Marcel Barrington and Reis Stanislaus. And our trio in midfield were excellent."

Posted at 17:35

Saturday 04 February - Important three points at Grays

The first team picked up a very important win at Grays Athletic this afternoon, coming away with a 2-1 victory.

The Greens took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Reis Stanislaus, before Matt Ball doubled the lead with 12 minutes to go. Despite a late consolation from Lartey Sarpong the Greens were able to hold on for all three points.

Posted at 23:30

Saturday 04 February - Errors on live updates

We are aware that there have been errors on the live updates system in recent games, particularly away from home. We'd like to remind supporters that no one at Hendon has any control over the updates at away games, the updates are in the hands of our hosts on the day - just as we are responsible for the updates at our home games.

There are ways and means of letting us know about errors, but sending anonymous abusive messages is not one of them. We'd like to thank Gary McCann for drawing our attention to the fact our first scorer was incorrect on the live updates system this afternoon, although we are sure that Kezie would love to claim the goal!

If you do spot any errors, whether it be to do with the live updates, or indeed the website itself, please either pop a note on the messageboard, send us a tweet, or email the web team on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 23:21

Saturday 04 February - Game at Grays is on today

Grays Athletic have been in touch this morning to say that the pitch at Aveley is ok and that no inspection is planned. With the weather set to remain dry today, the game is therefore expected to go ahead as planned.

Of course, if the situation should change, we will let you know as soon as possible through the usual channels.

Posted at 09:30

Friday 03 February - One in and two out

The club have confirmed today that one signing has been made, whilst two players have left the club.

Joining from Metropolitan Police is former Reading midfielder James Harper. Whilst at Reading he made 339 appearances, scoring 24 goals, including two seasons in the Premier League. He began his career at Arsenal, and has also played for Cardiff City, Sheffield United, Hull City, Wycombe Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers, Barnet, Basingstoke Town and Hayes & Yeading United.

Leaving the club are Merrick James-Lewis, who has returned to Thamesmead Town, and Karl Oliyide, who is joining Enfield Town.

Oliyide, who joined the club in the summer, scored 12 goals in 34 appearances this season, in addition to the one appearance he made a couple of years ago whilst dual registered from Northwood.

Speaking to the website regarding Oliyide's departure Gary McCann said "I'm disappointed with the timing and feel that Karl has shown a lack of commitment to myself, the squad and the club. However, with the position we find ourselves in, we need players who are fully committed to the cause.

"We thank Karl for his efforts this season and we wish him well for the future."

Posted at 13:11

Thursday 02 February - Gary looks back on Wingate defeat

Gary McCann (who today - 2 February - celebrates 12 years as boss of the Greens) was frustrated after the defeat at the hands of neighbours Wingate & Finchley at the weekend.

He said, "This was yet another game where the performance merited at least a point but we ended up with none. There have not been too many games where I thought our performances didn’t merit at least a draw, if not a win, and we have lost the game.

"I think we did really well to limit them to just a couple of chances and we created many more. We have to be more clinical in front of goal and turn these chances into goals.

"That said, I thought their back two were excellent, as were the goalkeeper behind him and Ahmet Rifat in front of them. Between them they made it very difficult for our strikers.

"The goal we conceded was very disappointing on so many levels and in so many phases, from the fumble, through the poor kick, the lack of awareness in the centre circle, then allowing the shot and the reaction to it. The strike was excellent, but better reactions would have helped the cause.

"After Tuesday, I really wanted to keep the same starting 11, but four players missed training, all for valid reasons. My policy and principle is that if you miss training on Thursday you make it very difficult for me to play you.

"That said, when Matt and Marcel came on, we looked more composed and also more dangerous. I firmly believe you have to have rules and I let the players know that in the dressing room.

"We played more long balls than I would have liked, especially in the first half, but I understand why we did it. However, the quality of those passes had to be much better.

"We have got to be more clever in everything we do on the pitch. At the moment we are making it too easy for our opponents and they are taking advantage of it."

Posted at 21:50

Thursday 02 February - Date fixed for Billericay rematch

Our home game against Billericay Town that was abandoned due to the fog last week will now be replayed on Tuesday 7th March, kick off 7:45pm.

Match entry details will be confirmed a bit nearer the time, so please continue to hold on to your original admission tickets. All tickets have a serial number, and we know which ones were issued on the night.

Posted at 09:58