News - March 2017

Saturday 25 March - 50 up for Keagan Cole

This afternoon's game saw 17 year old Keagan Cole make his 50th appearance for the club, celebrating with his 8th goal of the season.

Keagan, who joined our under 18 side at the beginning of last season, made his first team debut as a 75th minute substitute for Dave Diedhiou in a 2-0 win over Lewes just 13 months ago, and went on to make 12 appearances before the end of last season.

It took him a few weeks to break back into the first team this season, but he has gone on to be a firm fixture in the side with his name appearing regularly on the scoresheet. The only two players to make more appearances than Keagan this season are Luke Tingey and Arthur Lee.

Everyone congratulates Keagan on reaching the 50 appearance mark at such a young age, and we hope to see him in Hendon colours making many more appearances in the future.

Note : Today is his 51st appearance if the result of the abandoned game against AFC Sudbury stands. The appearances from that game will be added to the statistics if it's not replayed. If that's the case - he still scored in his 50th appearance as he scored last week against Needham Market.

Posted at 20:34

Saturday 25 March - Greens win relegation six-pointer

The first team put in an excellent team performance to come away with a very convincing 4-0 win at AFC Sudbury this afternoon.

Whilst the first half was probably even in terms of possession, it was the quality in the final third that was the difference, as the Greens went into the break two goals to the good.

It was Kezie Ibe who opened the scoring in the 19th minute as he turned his marker in the box, stepped past Marcus Garnham to then slide the ball into the net. The second goal came in the 31st minute when Matt Ball added another quality goal to his rapidly increasing collection with a cracking free kick that flew into the top corner from 30 yards.

It was Keagan Cole who was next on the scoresheet, when he fired the ball home in the 49th minute, and the final goal came on the hour mark when Ibe scored his second of the afternoon.

Sudbury's job was made tougher in the 78th minute when Tyler French was sent off for a second yellow card, and the Greens were able to hold on comfortably to secure all three points and a clean sheet.

Posted at 20:25

Friday 24 March - Acadamy partnership with Stanmore College launched

Hendon FC are to launch an Academy programme in conjunction with Stanmore College which will be delivered entirely at SJP.

The programme will start in September 2017, and offers the opportunity to study either BTec Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 3 A Levels) or BTec Level 2 Award in Sport.

The entry requirements for Level 3 is 4 GCSE's A-C Grade (including English) and for Level 2 is 3 GCSE's A-C Grade (including English).

All the coaches are hold UEFA A or B licences, and games will be played in the Conference Youth Alliance, FA Youth Cup and Middlesex County Cup.

Potential exit routes include the Hendon first team, apprenticeships, coaching and sport, leisure and fitness jobs.

There is no cost, except for a subsidised cost for training kit.

John Creith, who is the head of football development with the club said, "I'm delighted that we have been able to form a partnership with Stanmore college and Hendon FC. To be able to run our own under 18 academy as Hendon FC has been a longstanding goal and lays great foundations for our club.

"With staff from Stanmore College delivering a very high level of teaching to the BTec students, and Hendon coaches developing the footballing knowledge, tactical awareness side, it promises to be a very successful partnership.

"The ethos and enthusiasm of James Duncan and his staff from Stanmore college embodies the learning environment and high standards we as a club want to create for the students that attend the course.

"My thanks to Rob Morris at Silver Jubilee Park for his continued hard work behind the scenes to help make this happen. The hard work starts now to make it a success and to keep building Hendon FC as a beacon in the community."

James Duncan, who is the head of PE at Stanmore College, said "Stanmore College are delighted to announce a new partnership with Hendon FC to form a new football academy.

"The aim of the programme is to provide young footballers aged 16-19 with opportunities for sporting and academic excellence. Boys will be able to combine an academic programme in sport with a fulltime training programme at SJP. The college look forward to working with Hendon FC"

The first trial is Wednesday 12th April at SJP and if you interested in applying or want further information please contact the academy on hendonfcacademy@outlook.com

Posted at 10:13

Wednesday 22 March - International call-up for Marcel Barrington

We are delighted to annouce that Marcel Barrington has earnt an international call-up to play for Guyana. He is in the squad to play in a friendly against Martinique on 28th March. Should he take part in the game, it'll be his fourth cap for his country, having scored twice in the three appearances he's made so far.

Everyone at Hendon congratulates Marcel on his call-up and hope that he has a safe journey to and from the game, and gets the chance to show what we all know he can do on the pitch.

Posted at 12:13

Wednesday 22 March - Coach to AFC Sudbury

Want to go to AFC Sudbury but put off by the rail replacement buses on the line out of Liverpool Street - then why not travel on the coach.

We are running a coach to AFC Sudbury, and seats are available to supporters at the usual price of £12 and it will be departing from Silver Jubilee Park.

Seats must be booked in advance, and you can do so by emailing us on hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com no later than 9pm on Friday evening. Upon receipt of your booking, the departure time will be confirmed.

Regretfully we are not in a position to take bookings by phone or text.

Posted at 09:19

Tuesday 21 March - Gary pleased with weekend response

Gary McCann was pleased with the victory over playoff chasing Needham Market on Saturday afternoon. He said, “We were very good value for the win and probably should have won by more than one goal.

"After the Leatherhead game, we had a very light session on Tuesday and we then had very good preparation for the game on Saturday when we had a functional session on Thursday, working on some offensive ideas. As disappointing as a result it was at Leatherhead - the efforts of the two previous games really caught up with the players - I was very confident of a good performance against Needham Market.

"Our play from midfield to the final third was excellent, and if I have to be critical, our finishing did not match the approach play. Some of it goes down to the good work by their goalkeeper, who made three or four good saves, but we should have been more clinical and efficient. Defensively again we were resilient.

"We had to be mentally strong after we conceded the goal late on, but we stayed strong and could have added to our total. There was the odd scare at our end, but the team managed the game excellently.

"The League is so competitive this season that any team is capable of beating any other. That is why it is so frustrating that we have done so well against the top teams, but not so effective against the teams around us. We have to stay focused on our own task. We can't afford too many more slip ups like at Leatherhead.

"There are only seven points between the teams in 16th and 23rd and it makes our game at Sudbury next Saturday so important. If we can win that match, we will be on target for the points total I challenged the players to achieve a few weeks ago."

Posted at 16:49

Monday 20 March - Hammond loan extended to end of season

We are pleased to announce that James Hammond's loan from Maidenhead United has been extended to the end of the season. James has played an important part on the pitch over the past month, and we look forward to seeing him in a Hendon shirt for the rest of the campaign. We would also like to thank Maidenhead for their co-operation in allowing James to stay with us.

Posted at 16:10

Saturday 18 March - Survival hopes very much alive after win

The first team's hopes of surviving relegation are still very much alive after today's 2-1 win over Needham Market at Silver Jubilee Park.

The Greens took the lead in the 9th minute when Matt Ball scored direct from a corner, and in the 37th minute Keagan Cole doubled the lead.

Despite the visitors pulling a goal back in the 79th minute thanks to Luke Ingram, the home side were able to hold firm and secure another crucial home win in the battle to stay in the Premier Division.

Posted at 18:41

Tuesday 14 March - Gary pulls no punches after Leatherhead defeat

Gary McCann pulled no punches after the Leatherhead defeat. "This was as disappointing and frustrating a defeat and performance as could be. I was worried in the build-up because we looked flat, as if the efforts of the two wins had taken out too much from us.

"I seriously considered making changes - other than forced one with Arthur Lee suspended - but I think I would have been even more disappointed with that decision if we had lost having made those changes. I also thought of changing things around at half-time because we had not deserved to be 2-0 ahead.

"Too many players were not good enough on the day and I cannot understand why. I thought Josh McLeod-Urquhart played at the same levels of recent but too many were under par.

"The lead at half time felt unjust and I believe that when you are playing well, if you concede a goal, you can bounce back, but if you are playing badly, it is much harder and that was again the case on Saturday. The second goal was the most disappointing because we should have reacted quicker to the rebound than their centre-forward. We were game watching.

"It was different with the penalty because although we didn’t get to the ball from the rebound off Tom Lovelock, the ball fell straight to their player, at the angle to which he was running, and he started 6-8 yards clear of any of our players when he struck the penalty, so none could really have got to him.

"Before the Leiston game, we broke the last 10 games into quarters and I set the squad a target of points from the three, three, two and two remaining matches and we achieved the first target. If we can get a result against Needham Market on Saturday - We will be on the front foot again.

"I am aware we are running out of matches and we have to win the ones against the teams around us. 50 in recent years would have seen safety. But its more likely, 51/52 is what we will need to stay up."

Posted at 17:02

Monday 13 March - Walking football session this Saturday

In response to a number of requests, the Trust has arranged another practice game amongst ourselves on the pitch at SJP on Saturday at 1pm for 1 hour ahead of the match against Needham Market.

Age and experience isn’t important and we’d love to hear from any Hendon supporters who would like to play for some or all of the time, the rules will be explained on the day, but rule 1 is no running at any time.

Players should bring their own kit including trainers or boots that are suitable for an artificial surface and green, white, red or blue tops.

If you would like to take part please email the website on hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com by Friday so that we have an idea of the numbers but if anyone wants to just turn up they’ll be very welcome. It’s a fun way to keep fit and to get some gentle exercise and we’d like to be able to do this on a regular basis in future and to form a team(s)to play against other clubs.

Posted at 22:59

Saturday 11 March - Disappointing afternoon for the Greens

It was ultimately an extremely disappointing afternoon for the first team this afternoon as they lost 3-2 at fellow strugglers Leatherhead despite being 2-0 up at half-time. However, despite being ahead at the break, the scoreline flattered the Greens who were second best throughout the game, even when ahead and looked very tired in the second half.

The opening goal was a bizarre own goal from Paul Semakula in the 10th minute when he passed the ball into an empty net with his keeper standing ten yards to the left of the goal. The second came shortly before the break when Matt Ball scored with a good finish from a Khale Da Costa cross.

The second half belonged to Leatherhead in every way as the Greens imploded. D'Sean Theobalds scored their first in the 51st minute with a good run and shot, before Daniel Carr eqaulised fifteen minutes later when he was the only player alert enough to go for a rebound off the crossbar. Carr was the scorer of the winner when he slammed home the rebound after his penalty was partially saved by Tom Lovelock.

The result leaves the club deep in relegation trouble, with games now beginning to run out to try and avoid the drop.

Posted at 17:56

Friday 10 March - Gary delighted with Billericay victory

Gary McCann was delighted with the victory over Billericay Town in midweek. He said "This was a really important victory for us. I thought we defended superbly all night long.

"For the past nine or ten games, I have felt that our performances have been of a good level but too often didn't bring the results we deserved. This time we got the three points after a organised and committed performance by everyone.

"I said the day before the game that I would play Khale Da Costa, now that he is back with us, because be brings something different to our attack, his an out and out winger with pace to burn and I thought he would cause Billericay problems. I was so pleased for him when he scored the goal and it showed me a level of composure to finish on his wrong foot and still place it perfectly in the side-netting. I am pleased to see Khale return as I take full responsibility for his departure. I never gave him enough game time in his initial stint, which saw him depart.

"As the game went on, I was looking for a clean sheet because, when you have a clean sheet, all you need is one good chance to turn one point into three. And that is exactly what we achieved.

"Everyone, from Tom Lovelock onwards contributed fully, as did the two substitutes. That shows me a togetherness that I wish we had had a few months ago. If we had that togetherness then, I am sure we would not be in the position we are.

"I am fully aware that we are still in the danger zone and the two wins were vital just so that we could keep up with the teams around us. If we had not picked up any points from the Leiston and Billericay games, I am not sure the task would of been a possible one.

"Now we go to Leatherhead on Saturday, full of confidence, and knowing that this is an absolutely massive six-pointer for us. These are the games we have to win and I am sure Jimmy Bullard is saying exactly the same to his players."

Posted at 17:22

Tuesday 07 March - Greens beat big spenders

The first team built on Saturday's win by defeating big spending Billericay Town 1-0 at Silver Jubilee Park this evening. It was a superb team performance from the Greens who refused to give up and got what they deserved when Khale Da Costa scored as the game moved into stoppage time to secure all three points. It is the first time the Greens have won consecutive games in the league since February 2016.

The first half saw both sides have periods of dominance, but both defences were on top and efforts on target were at a premium, whilst both sides had penalty shouts turned down.

After the break the visitors continued to find the hosts back line difficult to get past, whilst at the other end the Greens caused problems but found clear chances limited. However, it was Da Costa who was able to find the back of the net to celebrate his return to the club after a spell at Harlow Town, and the Greens keep their hopes of avoiding relegation very much alive.

Next up is a crucial game at fellow strugglers Leatherhead - kick off at Fetcham Grove is at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 23:24

Monday 06 March - Khale Da Costa returns

The club have announced today that Khale Da Costa has returned to the club after few months at league rivals Harlow Town. We welcome Khale back to the club and look forward to seeing him involved once again.

Posted at 17:22

Sunday 05 March - Reminder about Billericay admission arrangements

A reminder regarding the admission arrangements for the rearranged game against Billericay Town on Tuesday evening following the abandonment due to fog a few weeks ago.

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 originally 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 07:42

Saturday 04 March - Greens complete Leiston double

The first team completed a league double over Leiston this afternoon thanks to a 2-1 victory over the play-off contenders. Whilst the Greens remain in 23rd position in the table, they have at least closed the gap in terms of points needed to escape the relegation zone.

It was another hard-working committed performance from the squad, but when Matt Blake put the visitors ahead in the 22nd minute, it looked like it was going to be a repeat of recent games where the quality in the final third was lacking.

But that was not the case this afternoon, and was shown in the 41st minute when Keagan Cole was set up by Reis Stanislaus to equalise, and it was Stanislaus who was on target himself shortly after the break as he completed a good move involving a number of players including Kezie Ibe.

Things were made tougher for the last 15 minutes after Arthur Lee was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity - but Leiston found Tom Lovelock in superb form between the sticks, making some excellent saves, whilst the defence were putting their bodies on the line.

Next up for the Greens is the rearranged home game against Billericay Town on Tuesday evening, kick off 7:45pm.

Posted at 20:32