News - March 2013

Saturday 30 March - Greens score late equaliser

Hendon left it late to secure a point at Harrow Borough this afternoon as they drew 1-1.

Harrow took the lead in the 3rd minute courtesy of Rob Wolleaston, and that was the only goal in the first half. It took the Greens a while to get going, but once they did they did begin to create a few half-chances, with one on target effort being deflected wide for a corner.

The second half continued in similar vein, with both sides unable to capitalise on any chances that came there way. Until stoppage time this is, when Sam Flegg pounced to head a loose ball home after Carl McCluskey had hit the bar.

Posted at 19:36

Friday 29 March - Fred Bassett

Hendon Football Club are sad to announce the recent death of long-time supporter Fred Bassett.

Fred, who was a familiar face around Claremont Road for many years, and at Vale Farm in recent years, passed away on Tuesday 19th March from a heart attack. He was a season ticket holder, and also regularly attended Wembley's home games at Vale Farm when he was unable to travel to our away games.

Our thoughts are with all who knew Fred at this very sad time.

Posted at 14:53

Friday 29 March - Local double header this weekend

The first team have two local games this weekend, beginning with a trip to Harrow Borough tomorrow afternoon. That will be followed by a home game against Wingate & Finchley on Monday afternoon. With the weather forecast set fair, if still on the chilly side, both games are expected to go ahead without any inspections being required.

Harrow have played just twice in the league since their 2-1 win at Vale Farm earlier in the month, drawing 3-3 at home to Lowestoft Town, before losing 3-1 at Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile Wingate & Finchley have played just once since winning in the London Senior Cup, losing 1-0 at Bognor Regis Town.

Both games will kick off at 3.00pm. The livescores service will be operational tomorrow, but at the time of writing we are unsure whether we will be able to operate it on Monday.

Posted at 13:05

Wednesday 27 March - Brathwaite faces reconstructive surgery

Hendon central defender Elliott Brathwaite is due to undergo a cruciate ligament reconstruction operation in the next few weeks and thus is out for the rest of this season. He injured his knee at the end of February against Margate and had a scan to see how much damage had been done.

The result was not good, but Brathwaite put a positive spin on the bad news. "In some ways, it was what I wanted to hear," he said.

"This way I know what is necessary and what the rehabilitation is. The good news is that it is not the knee I have had two reconstructions on already and having the surgery now is better than spending a few months trying to rehabilitate and strengthen the knee and then breaking down again."

"The surgeon tells me it is 6-8 months of rehabilitation before I can play again, but I am setting myself a target of being back by Christmas."

Braithwaite is one of football's unluckiest players. He signed for Hendon at the start of the 2011-12 season and was outstanding in the opening day victory over Concord Rangers. However, he suffered a bad reaction after the match and missed the rest of the season, undergoing his second reconstructive surgery on the joint.

His first game back was at the end of September, playing in the FA Cup defeat of Lewes. The following morning, however, he was involved in a terrible, freak car accident when his vehicle aquaplaned off the waterlogged M25 and went down into a ditch. Crash investigators, studying the written-off car, were amazed that anyone had survived the incident; all Brathwaite had suffered was a slight neck injury and mild concussion and he was back in first-team action less than a month later.

Hendon manager Gary McCann said of his centre-half, "I have spoken with Elliott about this situation and he has been very positive. He has been so unlucky with his injuries."

Posted at 17:22

Wednesday 27 March - No extension to league season

The Ryman League have released a statement today stating that they have no plans to extend the season. The statement follows:

"As matters stand at present all clubs can complete their fixtures by using their usual week day night for a match plus an additional night.

"In this way a number of clubs are playing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and no club currentlyhas to play more than two games in three days.

"Accordingly, there is no question of league matches being played after 27 April.

"The play-off semi-finals are set for week commencing 29 April and the play-off finals are set for the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th May.

"The Board has not considered any alternatives to these dates and will deal with any problems if and when they arise.

"It is very much hoped that the weather will improve during the last few weeks of the season so that scheduled matches can be completed and we do not add to the tally of 500 postponements so far this season."

Posted at 17:17

Tuesday 26 March - Greens pick up three points

Hendon returned to action with three points this evening as they beat Thurrock 1-0 at a chilly Vale Farm. The result means it is the first time ever that the Greens have completed a league double over the Essex club. The decisive goal came in the 59th minute courtesy of Isaiah Rankin.

Posted at 21:55

Tuesday 26 March - Thursday Night Football tomorrow

Bury Town are our visitors tomorrow in our latest league fixture, with the game kicking off at 7.45pm at Earlsmead.

Bury come into the game on the back of a very creditable 2-0 win over play off contenders and title outsiders Bognor Regis Town on Saturday afternoon. A 29th minute goal from Nnamdi Nwachuku and a 58th minute goal from Jordan Patrick saw them through to three points.

However, that was their first league win in 10 games, a run that has seen them fall away from the play-off race and now sit in 15th place with 50 points from their 36 games.

The reverse fixture in October saw the Greens run out comfortable 4-0 winners with goals from Casey Maclaren, Carl McCluskey, Jefferson Louis and Anthony Thomas. Games against Bury since their promotion to the Premier Division have often been entertaining affairs with plenty of goals.

Gary McCann will be hoping that some of the knocks picked up recently will have cleared up as the squad enter a period of 3 games in 6 days, with a home game to Carshalton and a trip to Lewes coming rapidly after tomorrow's game.

Normal admission prices apply tomorrow - £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students and free for under 16s. We will be issuing the original programme - those of you who came to the Middlesex Senior Cup Semi Final will already have a copy as it was a double issue, and there will be an update insert included. Programmes are priced at £2.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 26 March - New date for Leiston trip

Our away game at Leiston will now be played on Thursday 18th April, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 12:20

Tuesday 26 March - Thurrock game is on tonight

We are pleased to announce that we fully expect tonight's game against Thurrock to go ahead, and no pitch inspection is planned.

With temperatures forecast to remain above freezing throughout the day and until late evening, we do not anticipate there being any problems.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the game this evening.

Posted at 11:43

Tuesday 26 March - Thurrock due to visit this evening

Hopefully the weather will allow us to get back into league action this evening as we entertain Thurrock at Vale Farm in a 7:45pm kick off.

Thurrock are embroiled in a relegation battle, but have plenty of games in hand to move away from the bottom two, although the Greens will be keen to ensure that tonight isn't one of those games.

Thurrock's results have been mixed of late - picking up decent draws against Concord Rangers (1-1 last Thursday) and Wealdstone (0-0 a fortnight ago), wins against Wingate & Finchley and Harrow Borough three weeks ago, but also losing to Whitehawk and East Thurrock United since the beginning of March.

With temperatures at Vale Farm forecast to remain above freezing throughout the day, and not drop to freezing point until the early hours of tomorrow morning, the early signs are that we have a reasonable chance of playing this evening. We will post a further update regarding the prospects of play later today once the pitch has been assessed by the groundsman and we know whether an inspection will be required or not.

Unfortunately we are not able to operate the livescores service this evening, but there will be a full update on the website after the game.

Posted at 08:16

Monday 25 March - New date for Imber Court trip

Our game at Metropolitan Police will now be played on Tuesday 23rd April at Imber Court, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 15:40

Saturday 23 March - Todays game is postponed

We have just been informed by Metropolitan Police that our game today has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. That, together with the heavy snow currently falling has meant that there is no chance of the game going ahead, and so the latest mid-season break continues for at least another few days!

Posted at 09:09

Saturday 23 March - Pitch inspection at 9.30

There will be a pitch inspection at 9:30 to see if there is any chance of our game at Metropolitan Police this afternoon. We will update as soon as the result of the inspection is known.

Posted at 08:54

Friday 22 March - Away to Metropolitan Police tomorrow - we hope!

The first team will be hoping to return to league action tomorrow afternoon after another unscheduled mid-season break as they travel to Metropolitan Police - weather permitting!

However, with winter biting once again, and spring appearing to be cancelled for the time being, we do ask that supporters check the website, messageboard and or/twitter feed tomorrow morning to find out what the prospects of play are.

Our opponents were last in action on Tuesday evening when a last minute equaliser from David Knight earnt them a 2-2 draw at East Thurrock United, Steven Noakes scoring their other goal to equalise the Rocks opening goal. That result leaves them on the fringes of the race for the play offs on 49 points from 32 games in 8th place.

The one advantage of the break from games is that it will have given the squad a chance to recover and refresh themselves, and they will be very keen to return to winning ways after the last couple of disappointing performances and results.

Kick off at Imber Court is at 3.00pm tomorrow - we hope!

Posted at 08:45

Tuesday 19 March - Leiston game is postponed

Once again the weather has beaten us, and our game at Leiston tonight has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for the game will be advised soon.

Posted at 14:24

Tuesday 19 March - Pitch inspection at Leiston

There will be a pitch inspection at 2:00pm to see if our game at Leiston can go ahead this evening.

Posted at 11:38

Tuesday 19 March - East Thurrock game arranged

Our home game against East Thurrock United will now take place on Thursday 11th April, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 10:51

Tuesday 19 March - First team off to Leiston tonight

This evening, weather permitting, the first team make the long trip to Suffolk to play Leiston. At the time of writing there is no inspection planned, but as always, if things change, we will update the website as soon as possible.

Leiston currently lie in 11th place, level on points with the Greens, but with a superior goal difference. They come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over relegation haunted Hastings United on Saturday, the solitary goal coming from Rhys Henry.

This is the second trip the Greens have made to Leiston this season - the first being the annual early exit from the FA Trophy in September, although swift revenge was gained when Leiston came to Vale Farm in the league, a match that the Greens won 2-1 thanks to a brace of goals from Greg Ngoyi.

Kick off at Leiston is at 7.45pm, and it is planned that the livescores service will be in operation tonight.

Posted at 08:21

Monday 18 March - Revised date for Concord game

We have now agreed that our game at Concord Rangers will now take place on Thursday 4th April, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 10:56

Sunday 17 March - Awards and celebration evening numbers needed

Please could all supporters planning to attend the Awards and Celebration evening on Saturday 4th May, please contact Sandra Wood with the number of tickets required as soon as possible. You can contact her via email on sandra.wood50@ntlworld.com.

It is very important that you contact Sandra as soon as possible as we need to have an idea of numbers likely to attend so that we can let the venue know. Please do not leave it too late.

Posted at 22:47

Saturday 16 March - Coach travel to Leiston

We are running a coach to Leiston for the planned game on Tuesday evening, with seats costing the usual price of £12. If you would like to book a seat, please call Steve Rogers on 07748 526594. He is available to take bookings until 10pm this evening, between 1pm and 7pm tomorrow and between 9am and 5pm on Monday. He will not be able to take bookings outside of these times.

You will be advised of the departure time upon making your booking.

Posted at 13:51

Saturday 16 March - Under 15s off again

The under 15s game against Barking tomorrow has also fallen foul of the continuing bad weather. This means that they have played just three times in the last fourteen weeks.

Posted at 13:48

Saturday 16 March - East Thurrock game postponed

Sadly the heavy overnight rain has caused the Vale Farm pitch to be waterlogged, and as a result our game against East Thurrock United this afternoon has been postponed.

A new date will be announced in due course.

In addition, the league have not approved the proposed date for the game at Concord Rangers, and we will advise a new date for this game as soon as it has been agreed.

Posted at 10:26

Saturday 16 March - Pitch inspection at 10am

There will be a pitch inspection at 10:00am to see whether our game against East Thurrock United can go ahead later today.

A further update will appear on the website as soon as the result of the inspection is known.

Posted at 09:08

Friday 15 March - Max McCann joins the squad

We are pleased to announce that Max McCann has been added to the squad ahead of this weekend's game against East Thurrock United.

Many supporters will already know Max, who is an 18 year old midfielder, as the second eldest son of manager Gary McCann, and he has been a regular attender at our games ever since Gary first joined the club sixteen years ago.

Max has spent the past few years coming through the excellent youth academy at Boreham Wood, and most recently has been getting a few games for Hertford Town in the Spartan South Midlands League. He has also made a couple of appearances for the Greens in friendlies before his time at Boreham Wood.

Those supporters who have seen Max play will know that he is thoroughly deserving of his chance to show what he can do in senior football.

We warmly welcome Max to the playing side of the club, and we are sure he'll enjoy getting involved on the pitch.

Posted at 15:08

Friday 15 March - East Thurrock in town tomorrow

The first team return to league action tomorrow afternoon as they entertain East Thurrock United at Vale Farm in a 3:00pm kick off.

The game at East Thurrock back in September saw one of the most disappointing Hendon performances in recent years, with the Essex side winning 2-0 with a degree of ease.

The squad will be keen not only to pick up three points, but also to ensure that their discipline improves following Tuesday evening's extremely disappointing showing.

The Rocks currently lie just one place ahead of the Greens, holding that place by way of a superior goal difference having won their last two games, both at home, 1-0 against Thurrock and then 4-0 against Carshalton Athletic last Saturday.

As always, should the game require an inspection, or indeed be postponed, we will update as soon as possible. Please do ensure that you check the messageboard and twitter feed as we may not be in a position to update the website tomorrow morning, but will definitely be able to update the messageboard and twitter.

Posted at 13:51

Thursday 14 March - Livescores and website updates

Since the suspension of the livescores service last week, we have had many requests for the service to be reinstated. Unfortunately, none of those responsible for the abusive comments have been big enough to apologise, but following discussion with club chairman Simon Lawrence earlier this week, the livescores service will resume on Saturday afternoon.

However, there will be a few games in the remainder of the season where, due to other commitments, we will be unable to operate the service. At the time of writing, we will not be able to operate the service for the home games against Thurrock and Wingate & Finchley. We realise that this will be disappointing to those who are unable to get to the game.

We will be trialing a different interface for updating the livescores service on Saturday, which should hopefully reduce the chance of mistakes occuring.

As for the website, we have received some complaints about the lateness of some updates after matches. If our regular updater is at the game, the website is updated as soon as he gets home, but this can often be over two hours after the game has finished. This is because he is reliant on public transport, and often has to travel into central London before having another hour before he gets home. He is rarely home from Saturday games before 7.30pm, or before midnight for midweek games.

The only times there will be an instant update to the website after the game are when he is at home when the game finishes because he's been unable to get to the game.

Whilst we understand that there is disappointment when either livescores isn't operational, or the website is late being updated, but we do ask that all supporters understand that both services are undertaken by volunteers, and are both run at no cost to the club.

We are very grateful for all the messages of support over the past few days, and assure you that we will continue to update at the earliest opportunity as and when news breaks, or after matches.

Posted at 19:20

Thursday 14 March - Provisional date for Concord game

Our game at Concord Rangers has provisionally been scheduled for Thursday 25th April, subject to approval from the Ryman League. The game will kick off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 19:19

Tuesday 12 March - Greens dumped out of the cup

Hendon's hold on the London Senior Cup was relinquished tonight as they were dumped out at the quarter final stage by Wingate & Finchley.

The final score was 3-0, with the opening goal coming in the 14th minute courtesy of Marc Weatherstone. Hector Mackie doubled the lead on the half-hour mark, and minutes after the Greens were unnecessarily reduced to ten men.

James Fisher was cautioned for dissent, and Isaiah Rankin immediately made his feelings felt towards the referee. Rankin also received a caution, but carried on with his protests, and was promptly shown a second yellow card and then the red card.

The final goal came on the hour mark when Wayne O'Sullivan found the back of the net.

The Greens did have chances to score, although they never really tested Bobby Smith in goal. There was one debutant for Hendon as former Carshalton Athletic youngster Joshua Adusei came on as a substitute.

Posted at 23:57

Monday 11 March - Cup quarter final tomorrow evening

Tomorrow evening sees the first team return to cup action as they make the short trip to Wingate & Finchley in the London Senior Cup Quarter Final tomorrow. The winners will be at home to the winners of the tie between Bromley and Tooting & Mitcham United which is also due to be played tomorrow evening.

Wingate & Finchley's game against Thurrock yesterday afternoon has hit the national headlines for all the wrong reasons. The game was abandoned late in the second half after Wingate had five players sent off in separate incidents during the game. FA rules state that you must have a minimum of 7 players on the field at any time for the game to continue, and of course with five players dismissed, Wingate only had six! The Ryman League are expected to make a ruling on the outcome of the game in the next few days. The suspensions don't kick in for a fortnight, so all the dismissed players are available if selected by Wingate tomorrow evening, but some will be suspended when we play them in the League in three weeks time.

The game has overshadowed the Ryman League's Kick It Out weekend, which the Wingate game was part of, and has also overshadowed the disability tournament that took place ahead of the game.

Gary McCann will be very keen to ensure that the squad's focus is on the quarter final and not on the events that happened yesterday, and will also be wanting to make sure that the club return to winning ways following last week's defeat to Harrow Borough.

Kick off tomorrow evening is at 7.45pm, with admission prices set at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for under 16s.

Should any inspection be required, or should the game be postponed - we will update the website as soon as possible.

Posted at 11:45

Monday 11 March - Under 15s game postponed

Unfortunately the under 15s league game at Snaresbrook yesterday was a victim of the wet weather over the past few days.

They are due to play at home to Barking this coming Sunday afternoon.

Posted at 11:31

Saturday 09 March - Concord game postponed

This afternoon's game at Concord Rangers has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following the heavy overnight rain. For those with access to twitter, it's worth having a look at the Concord Rangers twitter feed (@ConcordRangers) as they have posted photos of the pitch which has a lot of standing water on it.

We are grateful to Concord for the early inspection with ensures that people don't make an unnecessary journey.

A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 09:35

Thursday 07 March - Awards and Celebration Evening

To celebrate our 50th season in the Isthmian League, we have decided to hold a special awards evening on Saturday 4th May. We hope that as many players, supporters and their partners/guests will be able to be there. The invitation is also open to former players and all friends of Hendon Football Club.

The cost is £27.00 per person, which includes a 3 course meal, coffee and mints, and a disco. The event will be held at the Park Inn, St Albans Road, Watford, WD17 1RN. Rooms are available at £65 should you wish to stay the night at the hotel, and for those travelling on public transport, the hotel is less than five minutes walk from Watford Junction station.

Numbers for the evening are limited, so if you want to ensure you get tickets, please buy them now. Further details will be made available shortly, and tickets will be available at our next home game from the club shop. Alternatively, please contact Sandra Wood, secretary of the Supporters Association, by email on sandra.wood50@ntlworld.com

Posted at 23:24

Thursday 07 March - Mo Maan moves on again

Mo Maan has moved on again, and was expected to sign for Chipstead this evening. We thank Mo for helping us out at short notice to play in the recent win at Bury Town, and wish him all the best for the future.

Posted at 23:22

Thursday 07 March - Concord away on Saturday

The first team return to Canvey Island on Saturday afternoon, this time to face Concord Rangers in what promises to be another tough test for the squad.

Concord come into the game in 3rd place, just two points behind second placed Wealdstone following their 4-1 win over Wingate & Finchley this evening, in which recent signing Leon Mackenzie scored a hat-trick. This means they have a more than able replacement for striker Harry Elmes, who suffered a double leg break a couple of weeks ago, and we of course wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

In the reverse fixture back in August, the final score was 2-2 at Vale Farm. Jack Mazzone and Greg Ngoyi, both now departed, were on target for the Greens, whilst Concord's scorers were James White and Tony Stokes in a game where the visitors had Danny Glozier sent off in the second half for a second caution.

Gary McCann will be keen to ensure that the squad bounce back from the disappointing defeat to Harrow Borough on Tuesday night, and get some more points on the board on Saturday afternoon.

Kick off at Thames Road is at 3.00pm, and we hope to see as many of you as possible there.

Posted at 23:05

Thursday 07 March - Live updates suspended until further notice

We regret to announce that our popular live updates service on matchdays has been suspended until further notice.

As supporters will be aware, all of our online activities are run and updated by volunteers in their spare time. Unfortunately on a number of occasions this season one of our volunteers in particular has received some extremely unnecessary abuse when errors have been made, or on the occasions when the live updates haven't been running for a particular game.

Very often, the live updates service is run even though the volunteer who usually operates it isn't able to get to the game, and is often done from home.

As those who were following the updates on Tuesday night will be aware, an error occurred in the reporting of the first goal, which caused quite a bit of confusion, particularly as Harrow had reported the goal correctly. Unfortunately, the error was not brought to our operator's attention until an hour after the game.

Without going into all the technicalities of the system, when the operator is at the game, he doesn't actually see what is posted to the messageboard and to twitter, so only knows about errors when they are fed back to him.

Sadly, whilst the abuse that has been received, both in person and via social media, has come from a tiny majority, it is still over the top and unnecessary. This is why the decision has been taken that the service will be suspended until further notice. No one deserves to receive such abuse, especially when they are volunteers and giving up their time and effort to help the club.

Both our operator and the club would like to apologise to those supporters, particularly those who live long distances from the club, who rely on the live updates for the undoubted disappointment this decision causes.

Please be assured that the website will continue to be updated as normal, with matchday updates going online as soon as we get home from the game - or immediately after the game if we were unable to attend.

Posted at 08:40

Tuesday 05 March - Unbeaten run ended by Harrow

Hendon's ten match unbeaten run came to an end this evening as Harrow Borough came away from Vale Farm 2-1 winners.

Both Harrow goals came as a result of uncharacteristic sloppiness in defence. The first came in the 9th minute when Saheed Sankoh was allowed a free header to score, and the second came two minutes into the second period courtesy of Danny Leech.

The Greens were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty when Jack Connors was fouled, and Darren Currie stepped up to convert the spot kick. Despite an improvement in performance, Hendon were unable to conjure up an equaliser and the visitors held on for an important three points in their battle to avoid the drop.

Posted at 23:54

Tuesday 05 March - Angol stays for another month

We are delighted to announce that Lee Angol's loan from Wycombe Wanderers has been extended for another four weeks. However, as many supporters will be aware, Junior Morias was recalled by the Chairboys ahead of Saturday's game, and was an 83rd minute substitute in their 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Junior for his efforts in his eight appearances for us, in which time he scored five goals, and we will keep an eye on the progress in the months and years to come.

We would also like to thank Wycombe Wanderers for their co-operation with the loans of both Junior and Lee.

Posted at 23:50

Tuesday 05 March - New Year derby game tonight

The delayed New Years Day derby against Harrow Borough takes place this evening, with the game kicking off at 7:45pm at Vale Farm.

Harrow, who are managed by former Hendon boss Dave Anderson, have had rather mixed results of late. Two excellent wins against Whitehawk and Kingstonian was followed by a very disappointing 3-0 defeat at relegation haunted Thurrock on Saturday afternoon. This leaves the Boro in 17th place on 29 points, just five points from safety.

Whilst Harrow have had former Greens Michael Peacock and James Burgess in their side for much of the season, Peacock has missed the last few games through injury, whilst Burgess has been playing for Northwood over the past couple of weeks, where his twin brother Mark is now manager.

Results been the two clubs have been relatively even over the past few years, with each side generally winning one of the two league games each season.

We met Harrow four times last season, winning at home 3-2 in the league and 2-1 in the London Senior Cup, whilst we lost the two games at Earlsmead 4-2 in the league and 2-1 in the League Cup.

Games against Harrow are usually good competitive and entertaining affairs, so don't stay at home and watch Real Madrid and Manchester United slug it out, but come down to Vale Farm to watch some proper football.

Posted at 09:36

Sunday 03 March - Under 15s cup dream ends

The under 15s Middlesex County Cup dream has come to an end following their 2-0 defeat at Park View Rangers this morning.

The defeat comes in the semi-final of the competition, but the boys should be very proud of their run, which is one of the best any of our youth teams have had for a few years.

The youngsters return to league action next weekend with a trip to Snaresbrook.

Posted at 17:11

Saturday 02 March - Goalless at Vale Farm

Hendon played out a second consecutive home goalless draw this afternoon, this time against Margate.

The game was largely uneventful, with both teams cancelling each other out, and both keepers had comfortable afternoons, both only being stretched once each.

Hendon's best chance fell to Lee Angol when he rounded the keeper, but his run made his angle too acute and he could only find the side-netting.

Posted at 19:20

Saturday 02 March - Goodhind added to the squad.

Experienced defender Warren Goodhind has joined the club, having previously with Thurrock. The South-African born 35 year old began his career with Barnet, and also played in the Football League with Cambridge United, Rochdale and Oxford United as well as spending three years with Eastleigh in Conference South.

Posted at 19:18

Saturday 02 March - Margate in town today

The first team look to continue their unbeaten run this afternoon as they entertain Margate at Vale Farm/

We last met the Kent side on the opening day of the season when they won comfortably 2-0, and they have been in the upper reaches of the table since, currently lying 6th in the table with 45 points from 27 games - just 4 points ahead of the Greens.

However, whilst the Blues home form is good, they have failed to win in each of their last six games, picking up just one point in those games, so they will be very keen to turn their away form around, particularly now that they have experienced forwards George Purcell and Kezie Ibe on board.

Gary McCann will be picking his side from a squad that will be high on confidence, and very keen to continue the excellent run of results.

Kick off at Vale Farm is at 3.00pm, and normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under-16s apply. Games between the two clubs are good, competitive and entertaining fixtures, and hopefully the same will apply this afternoon. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Posted at 10:28