News - August 2003

Saturday 30 August - Greens return to winning ways

The Greens returned to winning ways this afternoon at Maidenhead United, with Eugene Ofori scoring the only goal of the game in the 70th minute when he broke clear of a very frustrating offside trap and slid the ball under the Maidenhead goalkeeper to win the game. Hendon were boosted by the return of Jon-Barrie Bates to the midfield and he led by example and added some much needed bite to midfield. Maidenhead only tested Dave King twice, in both cases the Hendon goalkeeper making good saves. Bad news however is that Ricci Crace left the field injured early in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 27 August - Reserves beat Woking comfortably

The reserves ran out comfortable 4-1 winners against Woking this evening. They took the lead in the 19th minute when Ricardo Alves glanced home a header, and three minutes later Dale Binns latched on to a ball, beat his marker and slotted the ball home from an angle. The third goal came shortly before half time when Rene James-Barriteau, who caused problems all evening with his pace, finished well after breaking through the defence. Woking fought back in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go. The final goal came in stoppage time when Gary Meakins fed a quick free kick through to James-Barriteau who finished clinically. Another positive to come out of the game was that Jon-Barrie Bates came through his first 90 minutes since returning from holiday, and had an influential performance in midfield.

Team: Luke Thornton, Gary Meakins, Andy Hutchinson, Mark Burgess, Mehmet Unal (Greg Joseph HT), Andre Delisser, Jon-Barrie Bates, Dave Hunt, Rene James-Barriteau, Ricardo Alves (Patou Katsheynge 55), Dale Binns (Sam Byfield 76), Unused subs: Simon Huggett, Andrew Vincent.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 25 August - Fifteen minutes of madness costs Dons

Fifteen minutes of madness cost the Dons any chance of getting anything from the game this afternoon. Bishop's Stortford scored five goals in under a quarter of an hour to take the game by the scruff of the neck. The first goal came in the 37th minute when the defence failed to clear their lines and Glen Southam took advantage to fire the Blues ahead. Five minutes later a clearance by Steve Butler hit Richard Howell on the back and the ball flew back into the goal in the top corner. On the stroke of half time Stortford scored their third when Aaron Barnett fired the loose ball home after Dave King had made an excellent save. Before all this a superb move by Hendon had ended with Scott Cousins delivering an excellent cross which Andy Cook headed superbly towards goal only to see Micky Desborough make a quality save.

Within three minutes of the restart, Stortford were even further ahead when Richard Howell took the ball past James Burgess and left unchallenged fired the ball under Dave King. In the 51st minute Howell completed his hat-trick with a quality finish after getting the better of Burgess for a second time. Two minutes later Hendon were a goal better off when Eugene Ofori received the ball, beat the last defender and fired the ball home. However, in the 57th minute Hendon's misery was compounded when Burgess was sent off for a dreadful tackle on Howell. However, Hendon had realised that they needed to show some fight and were rewarded in the 72nd minute when Ofori scored his second of the afternoon, and fifth of the season after an excellent cross from Richard Evans. Stortford were forced to play the last few minutes with ten men after Alex Riches limped off after receiving a nasty knock on the knee, and despite creating a few half chances, Hendon were unable to add any more respectability to the scoreline.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 23 August - Thurrock continue 'Fleet's run

A change of name for today's opponents failed to see a change of fortune for the Greens at the Thurrock Hotel. The home side eventually ran out 2-0 winners, with Hendon rarely being allowed to threaten Thurrock's goal. The first goal came in the 28th minute, when a corner was only half cleared by the Dons' defence, before it was knocked back in to Clif Akurang, who put the ball away. It wasn't until the 90th minute that the Essex side extended their lead, Tresor Candol rising unmarked at the far post to put the result beyond doubt.

Posted at 18:00

Friday 22 August - Haworth goes out on loan

Dave Anderson has contacted us this evening and informed us that Rob Haworth has joined Gravesend & Northfleet on a months loan deal. He is expected to play in their game tomorrow afternooon. This will give Rob a much needed chance to get some first team football under his belt.

Posted at 18:00

Friday 22 August - Weekend Preview

Hendon go into the busy Bank Holiday weekend looking to cement their place at the right end of the table. Tomorrow afternoon they travel to Thurrock (who were previously known as Purfleet) looking to kill off the bogey that has seen them fail to win there since October 1995. Kick off at the Thurrock Hotel is at 3.00pm. Thurrock have not had the best start to the season just picking up one point so far. They slipped to defeat at home to Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday evening, with goalkeeper Paul Gothard sent off.

Then on Monday afternoon Bishop's Stortford visit Claremont Road. Stortford have had a mixed start to the season, losing to Ford United last Saturday, before beating Canvey Island on Tuesday evening. Manager Martin Hayes has made what look like shrewd signings and many are tipping them to be a bit of a surprise package this season. Kick off on Monday afternoon is also at 3.00pm. The players really appreciate your support, so please make an effort to come along, make some noise and support the team.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 20 August - Reserves earn point in first game

In a thoroughly entertaining game tonight, the reserve team drew 3-3 with Staines Town. The visitors ran into a two goal lead inside 7 minutes before Sam Byfield pulled a goal back a minute later. Staines scored a third in the 15th minute only for Ricci Crace to fire home a free kick three minutes later. That was the last goal until the 63rd minute when Crace scored his second goal of the evening, and his fourth in two days, when he hooked home a loose ball. Hendon created the better chances in the second half, and but for the performance of Staines keeper Paul McCarthy could well have scored more. The full line up was: Luke Thornton, Joe Cowan, Mehmet Unal, Mark Burgess, Greg Joseph, Scott Cousins (René James-Barriteau 74), Gary Meakins, Dave Hunt, Rob Haworth, Ricci Crace (Lee Johnson 64), Sam Byfield. Unused subs: Simon Huggett, Dean Lenihan, Andy Hutchinson

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 19 August - Four in last 25 seal victory

Hendon ran out comfortable winners at Basingstoke Town's Camrose ground tonight, despite going into half time one goal down. The Hampshire side's goal came through Craig McCallister, who was on hand to finish off a fast paced attack down the right wing. Although Basingstoke had the better of the first half, the Greens were certainly not without their chances, and then took control of the second.

Despite the improvement in performance, however, it wasn't until the 67th minute that the Greens broke back, Ofori sliding the ball under Scott Tarr. The second came 10 minutes later, when Tarr came for a cross on the edge of his area, failed to connect well with his punch, with the ball dropping to Scott Cousins who slid the ball across to Ofori for his second. Ricci Crace scored the third just three minutes later, Ofori turning provider, and also finished off the scoring with the fourth, taken from the edge of the area after a James Burgess cross eluded the defence.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 18 August - Midweek preview

The first team are in action again tomorrow evening as they travel to Basingstoke Town. The Camrose Blues lost 3-1 at Canvey Island, but by all accounts competed well with the league favourites. Last season Hendon completed the double over Basingstoke and will be looking to build on Saturday's win. Kick off at Camrose Avenue is 7.45pm.

On Wednesday evening, the reserves make their debut in the Capital League as they entertain Staines Town at Claremont Road. It is expected that the team will include those members of the first team squad that do not play at Basingstoke. The game kicks off at 7.45pm and the admission charge is £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions and season ticket holders. It would be good to see as much support as possible at both games.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 16 August - Ofori goal enough to beat Urchins

An 82nd minute goal from Eugene Ofori was enough to defeat newly promoted Hornchurch this afternoon. The goal came after a good run down the left wing by Dale Binns, who then crossed the ball to the edge of the 18 yard box where it ran loose to Ofori who fired it home across the keeper. It was a very entertaining game in which both sides had chances to score, Steve West coming closest for Hornchurch, and Dale Binns having two good chances for Hendon as well as Steve Butler. Debutants for Hendon today were Dave King, Andy Cook and Richard Evans

Posted at 18:00

Friday 15 August - Squad finalised

The club have confirmed the first team squad for the new season. New faces that haven't previously been mentioned are goalkeeper Luke Thornton from Ware, Mark Burgess who returns from Wealdstone, Craig McIntosh from Northwood, Greg Joseph who has previously been with Leyton Orient and reserve team players Rene James-Barriteau and Lee Johnson. We welcome the new faces to the club and hope they enjoy their time with us.

A list of the 24 players who have signed Ryman League forms for the new season so far can be found below.

Ricardo Alves, Jon-Barrie Bates, Dale Binns, James Burgess, Mark Burgess, Steve Butler, Sam Byfield, Andy Cook, Mark Cooper, Scott Cousins, Ricci Crace, Iain Duncan, Richard Evans, Steve Forbes, Rob Haworth, Dave Hunt, Rene James-Barriteau, Lee Johnson, Greg Joseph, Dave King, Craig McIntosh, Eugene Ofori, Martin Randall, Luke Thornton.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 15 August - The season starts tomorrow

The new season commences tomorrow afternoon as we entertain Hornchurch at Claremont Road. Kick off is at 3.00pm. Hornchuch are one of the four promoted sides and they will be keen to make an immediate impression in the Premier Division. They have been one of the big spenders over the past year or so, and this summer have recruited the services of defender Ollie Adedeji from Billericay Town and striker Steve West from Dagenham & Redbridge. It is definitely a tough opening game for the Greens, so it is important that as many supporters are there tomorrow to get behind the team and give them the support to urge them on to a win. Supporters are also reminded that admission fees for adults are now £8.00, but admission for concessions remains at £3.00.

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 09 August - Rovers beat Greens

Hendon lost their last pre-season fixture 2-3 at Gresley Rovers this afternoon, despite taking an early lead. It was Dale Binns who netted in just the 11th minute, finishing off a good move involving Richard Evans, Scot Cousins and Eugene Ofori. However, James Burgess scored an own goal at the other end, equalising with a 25 yard header which went over Dave King. Craig Hopkins put the Rovers ahead, capitalising on a Steve Forbes mistake in midfield, although Cook did equalise for the Greens just before half time. The second half saw less action, although in the 81st minute Gresley found the winner through Liam Hebberd.

Posted at 19:45

Friday 08 August - Evans becomes a Don

Dave Anderson has made his fifth signing of the summer by securing the signature of defender Richard Evans who was released by St Albans City last week. Richard made over 200 appearances for the Saints over two spells in between which he spent two seasons at Chertsey Town. We welcome Richard to the club and hope that he has a long successful spell with us.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 06 August - Message from Paul Towler

Paul Towler has been in contact with us and has asked us to post the following message.

"I would like to thank everyone at the club for their support during my time at the club. It has been a very difficult decision to leave the club, but the move to the New Forest does mean that I will be able to spend more time with my family. I would like to mention Ivor and Andrew who put so much work into the club, along with Graham and the supporters commitee. The supporters have been superb, I have never been at a club with such great support and you really get behind the team. Dave Anderson has been a big credit for the club and is an excellent manager. I am still working in London and will be coming along to make sure you are all still behaving yourselves!"

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 05 August - Randall scores as Dons win

Hendon came away from Hemel Hempstead Town having had a good workout and with a 1-0 win thanks to a Martin Randall goal in the 80th minute when he got a decisive touch to a cross that completely decieved Hemel keeper Darren Bonfield. Hendon fielded one new face in substitute Richard Evans, a defender who was released by St Albans City at the weekend. However, man of the match on the night was undoubtedly Bonfield, who pulled off a string of top quality saves during the second half, including one at complete point blank range from an Andy Cook header. Dave King in the Hendon goal also made a couple of good saves. Two familiar faces in the Hemel line up were former skipper Gary Fitzgerald, and much to the surprise of the travelling support Rob Hollingdale played for our opponents which suggests that he hasn't signed for Kingstonian.

Posted at 22:00

Saturday 02 August - Cousins screamer enough for Greens

A Scott Cousins drive in the 75th minute was enough to win today's game at Enfield Town. Hendon fielded one new face in right sided defender Stuart Reeks, who has recently been released by Woking. Also reappearing were trialists Craig McIntosh and Andre Delisser. Hendon were the better side on the afternoon and created far more chances in front of goal with Ricci Crace, Eugene Ofori, Dale Binns, Rob Haworth and Andy Cook all having good chances. Dave King had a quiet game behind a makeshift defence ably led by Jon-Barrie Bates.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 02 August - Womens team in action tomorrow

Our womens team are in action tomorrow as both the reserves and first team entertain Queens Park Rangers. The games are taking place at the Peel Centre, Aerodrome Road, Hendon and are both kicking off at 12.00pm. If anyone would like to go along, please e-mail the womens team on HendonWomen@aol.com so that they can put your name on the security gate.

Also we have now set up a separate section for the womens team on the site, just click the link on the menu on the left hand side.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 01 August - Cousins signs from Chelsea

Dave Anderson has made his second signing of the week by securing the signature of midfielder Scott Cousins, who contacted the club last week after being released by Chelsea. Scott made 27 reserve team appearances for the Premiership club. We welcome Scott to the club and hope that he has a long and fruitful stay with us.

Posted at 10:00