News - April 2010

Thursday 29 April - First team get their revenge!

Hendon FC's first team got their revenge on the Supporters side for last season's defeat with a 8-5 victory this evening at Vale Farm. A tight first half saw the first team spend much of the period on the attack, but it was the supporters side, playing in their home strip of Green, who opened the scoring, Mark Burgess beating the 'keeper from just outside the box.

Casey Maclaren equalised shortly after with a thumping header which went in off the crossbar, before Wesley Browne restored the Supporters' lead with a confidently taken penalty following handball in the area.

James Parker equalised again early in the second-half when a cross-cum-shot from the right side of the box crept in before James Burgess gave the first-team the lead with a cross from wide out on the left wing that drifted over the 'keeper's head and dropped inside the far post.

Nick McMullen equalised with a shot that James Bent will have nightmares over before the first team ran away, with Gary McCann's innovative tactic of playing seven up front finally taking it's toll on the Supporters as the first team scored five goals in quick succession. Jimmy Maclaren netted first in his debut, while Joe-Oliver McCann, who had played on the Supporters Team last season, put the first team 5-3 ahead with Mark Burgess failing to connect with an attempted goal-line clearance.

Tommy Hyatt was next, with his second goal for the first team - having scored in last season's fixture, before Ashley Lawrence pulled one back for the Supporters' side. However, the first team quickly put the game beyond doubt, with Sid McCann confidently beating Bryan Roberts and Molly Hyatt becoming the first girl in history to score for the first team on her own debut.

There was still time for a consolation as Michelle Vincent was played through and beat James Bent to reduce the arrears to 8-5. From the restart Peter Dean shot from the halfway line - a trick Freddie Hyatt had been trying for some time - but although the ball comfortably cleared the 'keeper and nestled in the back of the net the final whistle went while the ball was passing the 18 yard line.

First team from - James Bent, James Burgess, Peter Dean, Glenn Garner, Lubomir Guentchev, Molly Hyatt, Tommy Hyatt, Berkley Laurencin, Casey Maclaren, Jimmy Maclaren, Kevin Maclaren, Joe-Oliver McCann, Sid McCann, James Parker, James Reading, Craig Vargas

Supporters team from - Belal Aite-Ouakrim, Wesley Browne, Mark Burgess, Laim Coogan-Jobes, Mark Findlay, Bontcho Guentchev, Chris Harte, Roy Harwood, Freddie Hyatt, Ashley Lawrence, Simon Lawrence, Paul McGreal, Nick McMullen, Bryan Roberts, Phil Rogers, Andrew Vincent, Michelle Vincent

Posted at 22:35

Thursday 29 April - Big game at Vale Farm tonight

Forget the Europa League semi-finals, the big game tonight is at Vale Farm where the first team are taking on the supporters in the annual challenge match.

The first team are being managed for the day by James Burgess, whilst Eddie Edwards has been busy putting together a squad of supporters who will be keen to keep up their unbeaten run against the first team, following the 10-7 win last season, and the 7-7 draw in 2008.

All supporters who aren't playing are welcome to come and watch the game, kick off will be no later than 7.00pm.

Posted at 09:23

Monday 26 April - Want to see Saturday's goals?

AFC Hornchurch have uploaded clips of the goals from Saturday's game, with Lubo Guentchev's goal of the season contender being by far and away the best. The clips can be found by going to http://www.afchornchurch.com/video.html and are well worth a look.

Posted at 13:37

Monday 26 April - April Snowball draw

The April Snowball draw was made during Saturday night's race night, and the winner of the £268:50 first prize was ball number 129. The second prize of £134.25 was won by ball number 115. Both winners will be contacted in the next few days with their winnings.

If you don't already enter the draw, it is never too late to join. Balls cost just £5 per month, giving you a monthly chance to win part of the prize fund, which is currently totalling over £400 per month. For full details please click the Snowball Draw advert on the front page of the website.

Posted at 08:00

Sunday 25 April - Race Night a success

As noted last night, the club held the end of season awards jointly with a race night - the club's first for several years. While the proceeds of the evening are yet to be counted, the night was well attended and all present seemed to enjoy the event.

Both the club and Supporters' Trust board would like to thank all who helped to organise and run the event both beforehand and on the day, in particular Eddie Edwards for organising the betting and races, the teams and their families for playing their part in the awards ceremonies and most of all the supporters who attended.

Posted at 08:00

Saturday 24 April - End of season awards

The end of season awards were presented this evening following the win over AFC Hornchurch with the supporters player of the year being named as James Burgess. The players' player of the year award went to Craig Vargas, whilst James also won the chairman's award for his 300 appearances and loyalty to the club for the past nine seasons.

Supporters of the season were Alex and Joyce Barrett, who have been seen virtually without fail at every home and away game over the season, while Gary McCann gave the clubman award jointly to Phil and Steve Rogers for their work on Greensnet and around the club.

The full list of winners is as follows.

Players' Player of the Year - Craig Vargas

Supporters Player of the Year - James Burgess

Most Consistent Player - Casey Maclaren

Clubmen of the Year - Phil Rogers & Steve Rogers

Chairmans Award - James Burgess

Supporters of the Year - Alex Barrett & Joyce Barrett

Most Injured Player - Belal Aiteouakrim

The Peter Dean Chase the Girls Award - Peter Dean

Streetdance Award - James Reading

Worst Miss of the Season - Craig Vargas (at Waltham Abbey)

U21 Most Improved Player - Jamie Roberts

U21 Top Goalscorer - Stephen Cunningham

U21 Clubman of the Year - Luke West

U21 Managers Player of the Year - Dylan Agarko

U21 Players Player of the Year - Niall Houghton

U16 Most Improved Player - Iggy Ezquerro

U16 Top Goalscorer - Zola Msimanga

U16 Clubman of the Year - Bobby Kasabi

U16 Managers Player of the Year - Shaquille Tyndale-Weekes

U16 Players Player of the Year - Billy Williams

Posted at 22:14

Saturday 24 April - Burgess hits triple century

James Burgess made his 300th first team appearance for the club this afternoon, and the occasion was marked as he led out the team as captain wearing the number 9 shirt. The number 9 shirt was the only outfield shirt that James had not worn during his time with the club.

He made his debut way back in February 2002 against Cambridge City in the FA Trophy, but didn't score his first goal until October 2008 against Harrow Borough in his 232nd appearance. He then scored on the last day of last season against Carshalton Athletic, before finding the back of the net on Monday against Maidstone United.

James is the first Hendon player to reach the 300 appearance milestone since Simon Clarke. As well as his 300 appearances, James has been an unused substitute on 85 occasions.

Everyone at the club would like to congratulate James on reaching this superb mark, which is so rarely done in this day and age.

Posted at 21:39

Saturday 24 April - Greens end on a high

Hendon ended the season on a high note with a 3-2 win over AFC Hornchurch, securing a 10th place finish as a result.

The Urchins took the lead in the 29th minute through Elliot Styles, before Scott Cousins equalised shortly before half-time.

Half an hour into the second period Lubomir Guentchev put the Greens ahead, with Bradley Thomas finding the back of the net six minutes later. Frankie Williams scored a consolation for Hornchurch deep into stoppage time, but the Greens held on for the win.

Posted at 21:36

Friday 23 April - Annual supporters v 1st team game

The annual supporters v first team game will take place at Vale Farm on Thursday 29th April, kicking off at 7:00pm. Any supporters who would like to play in the game should either speak to Eddie Edwards on Saturday, or email him on eddieedd@hendonfc.net as soon as possible. There will be a charge of £5.00 per player to cover costs of cleaning kit and changing rooms.

Posted at 08:00

Thursday 22 April - Concentration lapse costs Hendon

A lapse of concentration in stoppage time, moments after Casey Maclaren had been sent off for violent conduct, cost Hendon a point against Dartford this evening.

Danny Harris took advantage to score the winner, having earlier equalised for the league champions. Hendon took the lead late in the first half when Jamie Busby converted a penalty.

Posted at 23:51

Thursday 22 April - Race Night sponsorship sold out

We are delighted to announce that all the sponsorship slots for Saturday evening's race night have been sold. This means that £256.00 has been raised before the evening has even begun. The supporters trust would like to thank all those who have bought sponsorship for the race night.

Posted at 12:25

Thursday 22 April - Sport Relief raffle this evening

A reminder that we are raffling the second red Sport Relief ball this evening and tickets will be available outside the turnstiles and in the club shop before the game.

Posted at 11:01

Tuesday 20 April - Under-16s out of Challenge Trophy

Hendon Under-16s, unable to field a full-strength team in midweek, lost 3-2 at home to St Andrews in the Harrow Youth League Challenge Trophy last Thursday night.

Starting with 10 players, Hendon battled hard, but found themselves a goal behind midway through the first half although the defence was rather unhappy to see an offside decision from the assistant referee overruled by the man in the middle.

Up to full strength for the second period, Hendon drew level five minutes after the resumption, Junior Abass the marksman. But the defence was breached twice in 10 minutes midway through the half and Hendon were left with a mountain to climb. Billy Williams reduced the arrears with three minutes, but Hendon couldn't find an equaliser. "We were rather disappointing tonight," admitted joint-manager Liam Coogan-Jobes. "We battled hard but the performance was altogether rather poor. My man of the match was Junior Abass."

Posted at 07:59

Monday 19 April - Dons move into top half

Hendon moved up to the dizzy heights of 10th place with a convincing 3-0 win over Maidstone United this evening.

It took the Greens 65 minutes to break the deadlock, with Jamie Busby opening the scoring. Peter Dean doubled the lead shortly afterwards, whilst James Burgess scored his first goal of the campaign with an 86th minute header.

Posted at 22:21

Monday 19 April - Under 16s pick up a point

The under-16s drew their penultimate league game against Headstone Manor B 1-1 yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately they were forced to start with 9 men, with the remaining players delayed by rail-replacement buses.

Headstone opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a cool finish from just inside the box, just as the missing players arrived at the ground.

The Greens equalised in the 53rd minute, when a corner from Junior Abass was volleyed home by Jordan Rowe. Zola Msimanga and Michael Adeyemi forced the Headstone keeper into a couple of excellent saves, whilst Charlie Fulton in the Hendon goal didn't have anything major to deal with.

"It was a good performance - with 11 men for the full 80 minutes I'm confident that we would have won," said a happy manager Paul McGreal. "A win would have made us safe from the bottom two, but as it is, we're fourth. We've not lost in our last four league games, and I think the end of the season has come just that bit too early.

"My man of the match today was a very tough decision, but I've chosen Isaac Instance, who did a very good job in an unfamiliar role in the first half."

Posted at 11:45

Sunday 18 April - Player of the season voting

Voting is now open for the supporters player of the season award, which will be presented at the awards & race night event on Saturday evening.

Votes can be made by calling into the club shop tomorrow, Thursday or before half-time on Saturday.

Posted at 19:44

Saturday 17 April - Hendon pick up three more points

Hendon picked up another three points this afternoon as they won 3-2 at Canvey Island. The Greens had a perfect start when Lubomir Guentchev opened the scoring after 3 minutes, and midway through the half, Bradley Thomas doubled the lead with his first goal for the club.

Canvey pulled a goal back through Jason Hallet on the stroke of half-time, but Hendon continued to create chances and were rewarded in the 72nd minute when Guentchev scored his second of the afternoon. James Rowe scored a second for Canvey as the game moved into stoppage time, but the Greens held on to secure the three points.

Posted at 20:08

Friday 16 April - Race Night Update

Preparations are going well for the race night and end of season awards evening taking place a week tomorrow. The first team players are thoroughly looking forward to the event and socialising with our supporters.

There are plenty of tickets still available - if you are intending to come, but haven't yet bought a ticket, please could you contact Steve Rogers by email on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com, or speak to Steve or John Rogers at any of our remaining games so that we have an idea of how many people to cater for.

There are still some sponsorship spaces left on the race card - details can be found by following the link towards the top of the website front page. Please contact Steve or John if you would like to sponsor any of the horses as a jockey or an owner. Steve will have the race card with him at Canvey tomorrow, and John will have it at the Maidstone game on Monday evening.

This is promising to be a thoroughly entertaining evening, and will be a fantastic way for players, management and supporters alike to end the season.

Posted at 10:24

Thursday 15 April - Leo heads Greens to safety

A 52nd minute looping header from Lee O'Leary was enough to earn Hendon all three points this evening against Carshalton Athletic. The result means that, barring a freaky set of results over the next week, the Greens are now safe from relegation.

Carshalton had earlier been reduced to ten men when Lewis Gonsalves was sent off after 30 minutes for violent conduct, and it was Hendon who had the bulk of possession. Robins keeper Nick Hamann was forced into a number of important saves and interceptions, whilst at the other end James Reading had a quiet evening.

Posted at 23:48

Thursday 15 April - Archive work continuing

Work on the website archive is continuing, and we now have complete records online for seasons 1986/87 and 1987/88. We are very grateful to all those supporters who are feeding information through to us.

As part of the work on the archive, we have been checking that the data matches the official club data. As part of this, the club have confirmed that all our appearances in the George Ruffell Memorial Shield (also known as the Middlesex Super Cup) count towards players individual career appearance and goal records.

This concerns the following matches. Hampton & Richmond Borough on 28th September 1999, Enfield Town on 6th August 2002, Feltham on 5th May 2003, and Wealdstone on 28th September 2004.

There is still plenty of information that we require - if you think you have information that will help, please contact us on admin@hendonfc.net, or speak to Steve Rogers on a matchday.

Posted at 11:49

Tuesday 13 April - Defensive errors costly again

Hendon were left rueing defensive errors yet again as they lost 3-1 to play-off hopefuls Hastings United this evening.

Following a goalless first half, the Greens took the lead in the 65th minute courtesy of Casey Maclaren's 10th goal of the campaign, but the scores were level within two minutes when Ross Treleaven was allowed to score. The same player scored again in the 80th minute, before Tyrone Sterling completed the scoring in stoppage time.

Posted at 22:06

Tuesday 13 April - Reminder about Canvey coach

We'd like to remind supporters that there is a coach running to Canvey Island on Saturday. Seats are at the usual price of £10, and if you would like to travel, please call into the club shop either tonight or on Thursday, or email us on admin@hendonfc.net

The coach will depart from Claremont Road at 11:00am sharp.

Posted at 12:41

Monday 12 April - Under 21s given finishing lesson

Hendon Under-21s played their much-postponed League Senior Open Cup third round tie at Broadfields United on Saturday, over months after it was originally scheduled.

The Greens made a good start against their Premier Division opponents and created four good openings. Unfortunately Hendon were unable to take any of them, though they did hit the woodwork and have another cleared off the line. Then, in the 21st minute, Broadfields showed how it should be done by converting their first real chance. Four minutes later they had doubled their lead and Hendon were left with a mountain to climb. They did reach base camp, however, in the 33rd minute, when the home goalkeeper made a hash of dealing with a corner and punched the ball into his own net. But, four minutes before half time, Broadfields restored their two-goal advantage.

Hendon tried hard to get back into the game in the second half, but, in the 80th minute, after making a number of personnel, tactical and positional changes, they left themselves over-committed to attack and conceded a fourth goal. "Broadfields’'finishing was more clinical than ours," admitted joint manager Eamon Finn. "The gulf between the Premier Division and us is not much, and Broadfields said some very nice things about us. We were a match for them everywhere on the pitch, except in front of goal. My man of the match was midfielder Dylan Agyako, who never stopped running and trying."

Posted at 15:11

Sunday 11 April - Are you coming to the race night?

In order for us to be able to cater for the race night, we would like to know if you are intending to come along. If so, please could you email Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com as soon as possible to reserve your ticket.

Also, there are still some gaps for becoming a jockey or owner of one of the horses, priced at £2.00 each. Please click the link on the front page of the website for more information.

Posted at 22:20

Saturday 10 April - Berkley saves the day

A last minute penalty save from Berkley Laurencin ensured that the Greens beat Ashford Town (Middlesex) 2-1 this afternoon at a sunny Vale Farm.

Hendon took the lead in the 6th minute courtesy of Peter Dean, before Casey Maclaren doubled the lead just after the half hour mark. Ashford made a change in formation at half-time and had the better of the exchanges in the second half, and scored thanks to an own goal on the hour.

However, they didn't help themselves by having two men sent off, firstly Russell Canderton in the 74th minute for a second caution, and then Brian Haule rather controversially two minutes later. Ashford did have a last chance with the late penalty, but Laurencin was able to become a hero for the Greens.

Posted at 17:20

Saturday 10 April - Dartford win the championship

Dartford won the Ryman League Championship this afternoon after winning 6-2 at Kingstonian. The Kent side have looked likely title winners since the early part of the season, and look to be set up well to perform at a good level in Blue Square South next season. We congratulate Dartford on winning the title.

Posted at 17:06

Friday 09 April - End of season awards & race night

The next fundraising event run by the Supporters Trust is the End of Season Awards and Race Night which will take place on Saturday 24th April following our final game of the season againt AFC Hornchurch.

The evening will include the awards for the first team, under 21s and under 16s, and players and management from all three teams will be staying for what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Full details of the night can be found by returning to the front page of the website and clicking on the "more info" link at the top of the page.

Posted at 00:00

Thursday 08 April - March snowball draw

The March snowball draw was made on Tuesday evening and the winner of the £265.50 first prize was ball number 176. The £132.75 second prize was won by ball number 54.

The winner of the second prize very kindly donated £100 back to the trust and the trust are very grateful for this kind gesture.

The April draw will be made on the final day of the season. For more information on how to join the draw, balls cost just £5 per month, please click the Snowball advert on the front page of the website.

Posted at 19:29

Wednesday 07 April - Coach to Canvey Island

There will be a coach running to Canvey Island on Saturday 17th April, with tickets priced at £10 as normal. The coach will leave from Claremont Road, with the departure time to be confirmed.

To reserve your seat, please call into the club shop at any of the next few home games, or email us at admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 10:15

Tuesday 06 April - Greens pay the penalty again

A penalty converted by Mario Noto was all that split Hendon and Boreham Wood this evening as the Hertfordshire side ran out 1-0 winners.

The goal came on the hour mark after Bradley Thomas fouled a Wood attacker just inside the penalty area, leaving the referee no option but to give the spot kick.

Hendon had a penalty shout of their own later in the second half for handball, but the referee and his assistant ruled that no offence had occured.

The best chance for the Greens came midway through the first half when a fine shot from Lubomir Guentchev dipped narrowly over he bar.

Posted at 23:18

Tuesday 06 April - Greens return to action tonight

Barring an unexpected weather event, the Greens return to action tonight after a 10 day break with a home game against Boreham Wood. Kick off at Vale Farm will be at 7:45pm.

Boreham Wood will be looking to continue their push for the play-offs, they currently lie in 5th place, and a win would leave a gap of four points between the play-off teams and the chasing pack.

Unlike ourselves, Boreham Wood played on Saturday, and ran out 1-0 winners at Canvey Island thanks to a 55th minute strike from former Horsham front man Claude Seanla.

A win for the Greens will move the club back up to 13th place, but more importantly would mean that we would be 9 points clear of the relegation zone. With the games coming thick and fast over the next couple of weeks, Gary McCann will be very keen to get those important points to secure safety sooner rather than later.

With the weather having taken a distinct improvement over the past 48 hours, and the fact that Wembley played at home yesterday, drawing 1-1 with Bedfont, we are not making any plans for a pitch inspection before the game.

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

Posted at 09:12

Saturday 03 April - Maidstone game rearranged

The Ryman League have ruled that the game against Maidstone United that was called off earlier this morning will now be played on Monday 19th April. Kick off at Vale Farm will be at 7:45pm as normal.

Posted at 11:25

Saturday 03 April - Maidstone match postponed

Following a pitch inspection by the match referee, today's game against Maidstone United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following the heavy rain of the past couple of days. A new date for the game will be advised in due course.

Posted at 10:48

Friday 02 April - Morning pitch inspection tomorrow

The match referee will be undertaking a pitch inspection tomorrow morning at 11:00am to see if our game against Maidstone United can go ahead. We are hopeful that if we have a dry night that the game will go ahead. As always, news of the inspection result will be online as soon as we get it.

Posted at 18:01

Thursday 01 April - New date for Dartford

Our home game against Dartford will now take place on Thursday 22nd April at Vale Farm, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 15:07