News - September 2010

Thursday 30 September - Croydon Athletic preview and travel advice

The first team return to league action this weekend as they entertain Croydon Athletic at Vale Farm. The controversy and drama at Croydon Athletic so far this season has been well documented, but at least their supporters still have a club to support.

They have played just 5 games so far this season, picking up 7 points in the process. Their most recent game was last Friday when they travelled to Aveley with a new look squad, and despite holding their hosts for 81 minutes, went down to a 3-0 defeat.

The Rams have two very experienced managers in charge now in Dave Garland and Bob Langford, and they have been spending the last couple of weeks putting together a squad on a very limited budget.

Gary McCann will be keen to build on the FA Cup victory last weekend by returning to winning ways on Saturday, and he will be certain to make sure that the players are focused correctly.

Supporters travelling by public transport will be pleased to note that the Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines, as well as the London Overground are running a normal service on Saturday. However, we do advise that there is no service on the Jubilee Line between Waterloo and Stanmore.

Kick off at Vale Farm is at 3.00pm, the bar will be open from 12.00pm and the turnstiles will open about 2.00pm.

Posted at 13:42

Tuesday 28 September - Updated walking directions for Whitehawk.

With thanks to one of our supporters who lives locally, we have updated the directions for the route to walk from Brighton station to Whitehawk's ground. Googlemaps suggests that the distance is 2.6 miles.

Upon leaving the the station, take the Queens Road straight ahead and head towards the seafront. Turn left into North Road, right into Spring Gardens, left into Church Street, then right onto Old Steine/Pavilion Parade (A23). Then turn left into Edward Street. Follow this road, it becomes Eastern Road, for just over a mile - passing the Royal Sussex County Hospital on your left. Then turn left into Arundel Road which becomes Whitehawk Road, right at Henley Road and cross Wilson Road into East Brighton Park. Follow the road through the park towards East Brighton Golf Club and you'll find the ground.

Alternatively Brighton & Hove services 1,1A & 7 operate every 3-4 minutes from Brighton Station and stop in or near Whitehawk Road. Then follow directions above into Henley Road and beyond.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 27 September - Cheap train tickets to Whitehawk

We have discovered that Southern Trains are currently offering cheap single tickets between London Victoria and Brighton on the day of our FA Cup tie at Whitehawk. Tickets are currently £3.75 each way, so we advise any supporters considering travelling by train to book their tickets as soon as possible. The Southern Trains website can be found at www.southernrailway.com.

Whitehawk's ground is about a 3 or 4 mile walk from Brighton station, or there are normally plenty of taxi's outside the station. It is estimated that the price of a taxi will be around £7.

Directions if walking are as follows. Upon leaving the the station, take the Queens Road straight ahead and head towards the seafront. Turn left into North Road, right into Spring Gardens, left into Church Street, then right onto Old Steine/Pavilion Parade (A23). Then turn left into St James's Street (B2118), which becomes Bristol Road. Turn right into St George's Road (remaining on B2118), left at Eaton Place, right into Chesham Road, right into Eastern Road, left into Arundel Road which becomes Whitehawk Road, right at Henley Road and cross Wilson Road into East Brighton Park. Follow the road through the park towards East Brighton Golf Club and you'll find the ground.

Directions for car drivers can be found by going to the fixtures & results page, and then clicking on the directions link next to the fixture. The postcode for satnav users is BN2 5TS.

Posted at 16:09

Monday 27 September - We're all off to Whitehawk

The draw for the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup has been made, and we face a trip to Whitehawk. The game will be played on Saturday 9th October, kick off 3.00pm, and as a consequence, our planned trip to Maidstone is postponed.

Whitehawk, who are based near Brighton, were promted to Ryman League Division One South in the summer from the Sussex County League. They have reached this stage by beating Hartley Wintney 4-0, winning 3-1 against Maidstone United and then winning 6-2 at Burnham on Saturday. They currently lie in 11th place in Division One South with 11 points from 7 games.

Details of how to get to Whitehawk will be made available on the website in the next day or two.

Posted at 11:18

Monday 27 September - Under 18s pick up first win

The under 18s picked up their first win of the season yesterday with a 4-3 win over William Fitt. Their next Cheshunt Youth League game is at Puma 2000 on Sunday morning.

Posted at 08:08

Sunday 26 September - Ten man Hendon through in cup tie

A 2-1 win over Maldon and Tiptree this afternoon saw Hendon through into the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Hendon started the stronger of the two teams and took an early lead in the 12th minute when a corner was played to Jamie Busby on the edge of the penalty area and fired home into the top corner. However, not everything went the Greens' way and Danny Dyer was sent off after two bookings following several innocuous fouls, leaving Hendon to play the second half a man short.

However, it took just five minutes of the second half for the home side to extend their lead. A corner was played into the six yard box where Aaron Morgan showed good composure to take the ball down and lift it over the advancing Tony Tucker. The lead only lasted two minutes though, as Lee Blackburn scored the best goal of the game, firing past a helpless James Reading from around 35 yards to pull one back for the Essex side. Both sides had their chances later, both Tucker and Reading having to make good saves late on, but the Greens rarely looked in danger of losing the tie.

The draw for the 3rd Qualifying Round will be made by the FA tomorrow morning at Wembley Stadium. We will carry news of our next opposition here on Greensnet as soon as we have it.

Posted at 19:43

Saturday 25 September - Under 21s out of league cup

The under 21s disappointing start to the season continued this afternoon as they were knocked out of their league cup 3-0 by Vallance.

Their next game is next Saturday when they travel to St Lawrence in the Middlesex Junior Cup.

Posted at 19:22

Saturday 25 September - Supporters game next weekend

Nick McMullen and Eddie Edwards have been very busy getting our first official IFA Supporters Game arranged, which will be against Barnet next Saturday morning.

The game will kick off promptly at 10.30am and will take place on one of the pitches behind Vale Farm Sports Centre. Changing rooms are at Sudbury Court, East Lane.

Nick and Eddie are grateful to those who have confirmed their availability, but it would be great to have a good squad of players.

If you would like to join the squad, and everyone who turns up will be guaranteed an appearance, please either speak to Nick at tomorrow's game, or email Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net. All ages and abilities are welcome to be part of the squad.

These games are good profile for the club in helping to promote Hendon FC throughout the football community.

Posted at 09:51

Friday 24 September - League cup date confirmed

Our League Cup tie against Harrow Borough will be played on Monday 11th October at Vale Farm, kicking off at 7:45pm. The two clubs have agreed to play on the Monday to avoid a clash with the England v Montenegro Euro 2012 qualifier taking place at Wembley Stadium on the Tuesday evening.

Posted at 17:13

Thursday 23 September - Watch the under 21s on Saturday

If you are looking for something to do on Saturday afternoon, why not pop along and watch the under 21s in action. They are playing a Middlesex County League Senior Open Cup tie against Vallance at their new home ground at John Lyon School.

The game kicks off at 2.30pm, and the address of the school is Middle Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, HA2 0HN. It is walking distance from both South Harrow and Harrow-on-the-Hill stations.

All supporters are welcome to attend, and there is no admission charge for the game.

Posted at 15:50

Thursday 23 September - Snowball draw news

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of the control of the supporters trust, the September snowball draw has been delayed. We are hopeful that it will now take place at half-time of our league match against Croydon Athletic on Saturday 2nd October.

Posted at 09:55

Thursday 23 September - Update on Croydon Athletic

As many supporters will be aware, there has been considerable doubt about the future of Croydon Athletic following the recent well publicised allegations about their owner.

We are pleased to say that the Rams have been given the go ahead by the FA and the Ryman League to resume playing, and they will be travelling to Aveley tomorrow evening. This in turn means that our home game against them on Saturday 2nd October is expected to go ahead as planned.

Posted at 09:49

Wednesday 22 September - Are you planning to do the walk?

As you will all be aware, the supporters trust has organised a sponsored walk from Wembley Stadium to Harrow Borough on Saturday 16th October. It is very important that if you are intending to take part on the walk that you let Steve Rogers know as soon as possible, and definitely no later than 9th October.

Sponsorship forms are available in the club shop, or alternatively you can email Steve and he will send you one by return.

You can contact Steve via the club email address at admin@hendonfc.net, or by his personal email address if you have it.

It would be fantastic to have as large a number of walkers as possible. Remember, if you don't support the fundraising events, you may not have a club to support in the future.

Posted at 14:35

Wednesday 22 September - Maldon preview and travel advice

The first team return to FA Cup action on Sunday afternoon as they entertain Maldon & Tiptree in the second qualifying round. Kick off at Vale Farm will be at 3.00pm.

Maldon began their campaign with a 4-2 victory over Hertford Town in the Preliminary Round, before winning 1-0 at Ilford in the previous round.

The club is now known as Maldon & Tiptree after Maldon Town and Tiptree United merged during the summer. We have never played Tiptree before, but played against Maldon in the league a few years ago, drawing both games. It was 1-1 at Claremont Road in October 2005, Jeff Campbell scoring the goal for the Greens, whilst Blaise O'Brien and Ross Pickett were on target at Park Lane.

Should the game end in a draw, the replay will be at Park Lane on Tuesday evening

Unfortunately there is considerable travel disruption again this weekend that may affect your journey to Vale Farm.

Most important is that East Lane is closed between Preston Road and Watford Road. This is the road that passes North Wembley station. It is expected that this closure will considerably add to the normal congestion found around Wembley on a Sunday. Traffic will be diverted along Watford Road, Harrow Road, High Road Wembley, Park Lane and Wembley Hill Road.

It also means that the 245 bus is diverted away from East Lane via Wembley High Road to Sudbury Town Station, and it will not be passing Vale Farm. The route for the 182 bus is unaffected.

On the rails, the Bakerloo Line and London Overground will not be operating north of Willesden Junction, although replacement buses will be in operation. We would advise any supporters travelling out of central London to use the Piccadilly Line to Sudbury Town - a normal service should be operating on that line.

There are also various closures on a number of other lines, including the Metropolitan Line south of Harrow-on-the-Hill, and the Jubilee Line north of West Hampstead.

We would advise all supporters, whether travelling by public transport or by car to allow additional time for your journey on Sunday.

Posted at 14:09

Monday 20 September - Unbeaten run ended by Kingstonian

The first team's unbeaten run came to an end tonight as Kingstonian ran out 3-2 winners in a thoroughly entertaining game at Vale Farm.

The visitors took the lead as early as the 2nd minute through Tom Bird, and Dean Hamlin doubled the lead midway through the half. Lee O'Leary pulled a goal back before the break.

Jamie Busby equalised for the Greens in the 74th minute after a long spell of pressure, but Dean Lodge immediately restored the lead for the Ks just a minute later, and the visitors were able to hold on to secure all three points.

Posted at 21:51

Monday 20 September - League cup draw - It's Harrow!

The draw for the second round of the League Cup has been released today, and we have been drawn at home to Harrow Borough.

The game will take place on Tuesday 12th October at Vale Farm, kicking off at 7.45pm, just four days before we travel to Earlsmead for our FA Trophy tie!

Posted at 15:57

Monday 20 September - Former Newcastle striker joins Hendon

Gary McCann is delighted to announce that he has secured the services of a former Newcastle United striker ahead of tonight's game against Kingstonian.

31 year old Paul Robinson was born in Sunderland, and began his career at Darlington, before moving to the Magpies in 1998. He made his debut in August 1999 at home to Aston Villa, before making his first start against Wimbledon later that month. His next start was rather controversial as he was selected by Ruud Gullit ahead of the £22million strikeforce of Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson against his home town club. Gullit lost his job the following day. Paul scored one goal for Newcastle, against CSKA Sofia in the UEFA Cup.

He then moved to Wimbledon for £1.5million in July 2000, and spent time on loan at a number of clubs including Burnley and Dundee United. He then moved to Blackpool, before having spells at Hartlepool United, York City, Whitley Bay, Torquay United and Consett. He joined Hayes & Yeading United during the close season, and following appearances in the Capital League for their reserves, an agreement has been reached between the two clubs for Paul to gain some much needed first team football with us.

We warmly welcome Paul to the club, and hope that he has a successful time with us.

Posted at 12:58

Monday 20 September - First team back in action today

The first team are straight back into action this evening with a home game against Kingstonian, who lie just one place and one point below us in the table.

Kingstonian had a good start to the season, winning four of their first five games, but have lost their last two. On Saturday, they entertained Maidstone United and lost 1-0, Ant Bodle scoring the only goal just after the quarter hour mark. They were also reduced to ten men late on as Tom Bird was sent off for a second caution.

Last season, we met Kingstonian four times, with the K's winning both league games and the FA Trophy tie, whilst a late Harry Hunt penalty secured our victory in the FA Cup.

Kick off at Vale Farm tomorrow is at the normal time of 7.45pm. The bar will be open from 6.00pm and turnstiles will open at 7.00pm.

Unfortunately, due to illness and unavailability, it looks as though we will be unable to operate our usual live updates service this evening. If you are unable to get to the game, you can follow updates by either going to Kingstonian's messageboard, or the Non League Vidiprinter.

Posted at 10:31

Sunday 19 September - Over £20,000 given away in prizes

The recent Snowball draw saw the total of prizes given away since it first started break the £20,000 barrier. The popular draw began in May 2006 as a fundraising initiative by the Supporters Trust. As well as giving away over £20,000 in prizes, the draw has raised over £17,000 for the trust.

It's never too late to join the draw. Each ball in the draw costs just £5, and this gives you a chance to win a share of the monthly prize fund, which currently totals over £350. There is also an annual jackpot draw, the total of which will be around £1000 this year.

If you would like to join the draw, full details can be found by clicking on the Snowball Draw advert on the right hand side of the website front page, or you can email us on admin@hendonfc.net for more information.

Posted at 20:39

Saturday 18 September - Laurencin saves penalty as Greens draw

Berkley Laurencin was Hendon's hero this afternoon after he saved a penalty in the 0-0 draw at AFC Hornchurch.

Following a very dull and uneventful first half, the second half was fortunately a livelier affair, with Lubomir Guentchev hitting the post early on. Laurencin's penalty save came midway through the half, but it was the Greens who looked more likely to score - with a late corner from Jamie Busby looking like it was going straight in until Ollie Morris-Sanders tipped it over the bar.

The result sees the Greens remain in the play-off zone all be it down to fourth place.

Posted at 17:10

Saturday 18 September - Under 21s defeated by Regents Park

The Under 21s were defeated 4-1 by Regent's Park this afternoon in their second league game of the campaign. The solitary goal for the young Greens game from the ever reliable Stephen Cunningham.

Posted at 16:51

Thursday 16 September - AFC Hornchurch preview and travel advice

The first team return to league action this weekend as they make the trip to play AFC Hornchurch. The Urchins have had a mixed start to the season, picking up 7 points from their 6 games played so far. Their most recent league match was a 3-0 home defeat against Canvey Island, but they bounced back from that with an 8-2 demolition of Oxhey Jets in the FA Cup last weekend.

Last season's fixture at Bridge Avenue was something of a thriller, with the Greens twice coming back from two goals down to earn a point in a 4-4 draw. Lubomir Guentchev was the hero with a hat-trick, whilst James Bent scored the other goal. The Urchins goals came from four individuals, with Jo Flack, Wayne Gray, Reece Prestedge and Mark Janney finding the back of the net.

In the return fixture at Vale Farm on the final day of the season, the Greens won 3-2. The game will always be remembered by the superb goal scored by Guentchev. The other scorers for Hendon were Scott Cousins and Brad Thomas, whilst Elliot Styles and Frankie Williams were on target for AFC Hornchurch.

Admission at Bridge Avenue is £9.00 adults, £6.00 concessions and £2.00 under 16s and the game will kick off at 3.00pm.

There is substantial travel disruption this weekend on the London Underground. Most importantly, the District Line is closed between Aldgate East and Dagenham East disrupting the most obvious route to the game for those on public transport. Other closures include a complete closure on the Circle Line, the Hammersmith & City Line is closed between Kings Cross and Barking, the Jubilee is closed between Stanmore and West Hampstead, the Metropolitan is closed between Uxbridge and Harrow-on-the-Hill and between Baker Street and Aldgate, whilst the Piccadilly Line is closed between South Harrow and Uxbridge.

The best alternative option is to travel to Fenchurch Street (nearest tube station is Tower Hill on the District Line) and use mainline services to Upminster. Travelcards, and pay-as-you-go Oyster cards can be used on this service.

Trains operate approximately every 10 minutes from Fenchurch Street to Upminster, and the journey takes 25 minutes. We would advise that the last train from Fenchurch Street that would allow to you comfortably walk to the ground is the one that departs at 1410.

Upminster station is about half a mile from AFC Hornchurch's ground. Upon leaving the station, turn left. When you reach the traffic lights, turn right onto St Mary's Lane. Bridge Avenue is the third turning on the left, and you will find the ground entrance after about 300 yards on the right.

Posted at 10:14

Thursday 16 September - Supporters match against Barnet

The supporters team have lined up their first IFA League game of the season, which is due to take place on Saturday 2nd October against Barnet. The game will kick off at 10.30am, and will take place at The Hive near Canons Park.

Any supporters who would like to play in the game should speak to Eddie Edwards or Nick McMullen as soon as possible, or email Nick on nick_mcmullen@hotmail.com.

Posted at 10:10

Tuesday 14 September - 150 up for Vargas

Craig Vargas has reached another milestone, making his 150th appearance against Cheshunt on Sunday afternoon. Craig made his Hendon debut on 19th August 2006 against Tonbridge Angels, and other than during spells away at Windsor & Eton and later at St Albans City and AFC Hayes, he has been a firm fixture in the starting line up.

We congratulate Craig on reaching his latest milestone - and look forward to him making many more appearances for us.

Posted at 21:34

Tuesday 14 September - August Snowball draw results

The August snowball draw was made on Sunday afternoon during our FA Cup tie against Cheshunt, and the winner of the £240 first prize was ball number 33. The second prize of £120.00 was won by ball number 128.

The September draw will be made at half-time of our FA Cup tie against Maldon & Tiptree.

Posted at 15:26

Monday 13 September - FA Cup date set

Our FA Cup tie against Maldon & Tiptree will take place on Sunday 26th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 22:26

Monday 13 September - Maldon & Tiptree up next

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup has thrown up another home draw against a Ryman League Division One North club. This time we will be enteraining Maldon & Tiptree. The date for the game will be confirmed in the next few days as Wembley are due to play at home on the Saturday.

Posted at 11:11

Sunday 12 September - Free scoring Hendon through in Cup

Hendon avoided the bananaskin of a home tie against Ryman Division One side Cheshunt this afternoon, going through courtesy of a 4-1 win at Vale Farm. While the teams reached half time at 0-0, there always looked to be goals in the game, with Hendon spurning any number of chances but looking fortunate at the other end to avoid conceeding a penalty as James Reading collided with a forward late in the half. The second half made good on the early promise, with Cheshunt taking an early lead, Chris Meikle seizing on James Parker's uncertainty and cooly sliding the ball past Reading.

However, the Greens got their tails up and settled the game with three goals in under five minutes. Belal Aite-Oukrim opened the home side's account after being sent through in the 56th minute before Aaron Morgan held off his defender just two minutes later to put the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper. Then in the 60th minute a ball into the six yard box from the left wing eluded everyone but Jamie Busby, who scuffed it home from narrow range. Cheshunt were disappointed to hit the crossbar and see the ball bounce clear, before Aaron Morgan sealed their misery in the 90th minute with his second of the game.

The next round of the FA Cup will be drawn tomorrow and Greensnet will carry full details of our 2nd Qualifying Round tie as soon as we get them.

Posted at 19:11

Saturday 11 September - Cunningham on target in opening draw

The under 21s opened their Middlesex County League season this afternoon with a trip to FC Romania. They came away with a 1-1 draw, with their goal coming courtesy of a 15th minute penalty converted by Stephen Cunningham.

Posted at 17:31

Thursday 09 September - FA Cup preview and travel advice

The FA Cup campaign starts in earnest this weekend, with Cheshunt being our visitors on Sunday afternoon. The Hertfordshire side reached this stage by beating Cockfosters 2-1 in a replay, following a 2-2 draw in the first game.

Our opponents currently lie in 14th place in Division One North with 4 points from their 4 games. Their solitary win came at home against Great Wakering Rovers, whilst their most recent game was a 0-0 draw at Redbridge on Tuesday evening.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to make a good start to the cup campaign following last season's run to the fourth qualifying round where we lost to Woking and they would be delighted to see as many supporters as possible at Vale Farm for the game which will kick off at 3.00pm.

Supporters travelling by public transport will need to be aware that the Bakerloo Line and London Overground are not running between of Queens Park and Watford Junction, although replacement buses will be operating. Also, the Piccadilly line is not operating between South Harrow and Uxbridge, although if you are travelling from Central London, trains will be operating as normal to Sudbury Town.

Posted at 10:37

Tuesday 07 September - Greens move up to second

Hendon moved up to second place in the table this evening following their 2-1 victory at Horsham.

The Greens took the lead when a through ball from Lee O'Leary appeared to deceive the keeper, and Lubomir Guentchev was left with an empty net to score into. Almost immediately Horsham equalised when Allan Tait took advantage of an uncharacteristic hesitation from Berkley Laurencin.

The winner came in the 81st minute when Jamie Busby converted a penalty after Aaron Morgan had been fouled in the box.

One notable moment in the match came in the 63rd minute, when Horsham brought on Gary Charman as a substitute for his first appearance since his nasty injury that he sustained at Vale Farm last season.

Posted at 23:41

Monday 06 September - Horsham preview and travel advice

The busy start to the league campaign continues tomorrow evening when we make the trip to Horsham. The Hornets have had a tough start to the seaon, drawing their first game 0-0 against Aveley, and then losing their next four. Their most recent defeat came on Saturday when they lost 2-0 at Tonbridge, a result that leaves them bottom of the table.

Horsham manager John Maggs will be keen to get back to winning ways tomorrow, so the Greens will have to be at their best to ensure that their good start continues. The Horsham squad includes former Hendon midfielder Jack Page, but his older brother Sam left during the summer and is now at Sutton United.

Supporters are reminded that tomorrow's game kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 7.30pm.

Supporters travelling by public transport are warned that the London Underground are on strike for 24 hours from 5pm this afternoon, and the knock on effects are likely to affect trains throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Trains from London Victoria to Horsham depart at 1732, 1802 and 1832, whilst trains from London Bridge depart at 1747 and 1812. There are return trains at 2132 and 2202 to Victoria and 2152 and 2257 to London Bridge.

Posted at 13:00

Sunday 05 September - Sponsored walk to Harrow arranged

The supporters trust have organised a sponsored walk which will take place on Saturday 16th October. The walk will commence at Wembley Stadium, and end at Harrow Borough in time for our FA Trophy game that afternoon.

All monies raised by the walkers will be split equally between the supporters trust and local charity Rays of Sunshine.

Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity was formed in 2004 to help children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses between the ages of 3-18 across the United Kingdom.

It does this by granting childrens wishes however impossible the wish may seem, and by helping hospitals, hospices and specialist schools improve their facilities.

Anyone who would like to take part in the walk can either collect sponsorship form from the club shop on matchdays, or they can request one by emailing Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com

If you are intending to walk, please make sure that you give your name to Steve Rogers, either by speaking to him or any member of the trust board, or by emailing Steve on the email address above.

If you are unable to walk, but would like to sponsor the walkers, please either call into the club shop where there will be a form you can fill in, or contact Steve on the email address above.

The distance of the walk is just over 5 miles, and walk will start at 11.30am from the Bobby Moore Statue at Wembley Stadium.

All monies raised must be handed to the supporters trust no later than Saturday 4th December so that we can make a timely payment to Rays of Sunshine.

Posted at 18:25

Sunday 05 September - Livescores is back as My Team Live

We are pleased to announce that the popular Livescores service has returned, under the new name My Team Live. The plan is that, subject to any technical problems, the service will recommence with the Horsham game on Tuesday evening. Updates will be posted to our messageboard and to the HendonFC twitter account.

If you wish to get free text updates from the game, you should sign up to twitter if you don't already have an account, and follow the HendonFC twitter account. You will then automatically receive updates from the game.

Posted at 09:26

Saturday 04 September - Maz strikes to earn all three points

An 82nd minute strike from Mariusz Serwin was enough to earn Hendon all three points against Carshalton Athletic this afternoon.

In a game in which the Greens found the Carshalton defence in superb form and very tough to break down, chances were at a premium.

Carshalton were reduced to ten men just before half time when Luke Pigden was sent off for a nasty looking challenge on Lee O'Leary, and the Greens were comfortable throughout the second half.

The goal came from a short corner, from which Lubo Guentchev eventually crossed the ball for Serwin to volley the ball across the keeper and into the net. Just moments earlier the Carshalton keeper, Craig Ross, made an outstanding save from a fierce Jamie Busby drive.

The win means that the Greens remain in 6th place, and just three points behind the leaders.

Posted at 20:17

Saturday 04 September - Under 21s end pre-season with win

The under 21s completed their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 victory at Hillingdon Borough, despite going behind to a 4th minute goal.

Ronan O'Rourke equalised in the 26th minute, before the same player put the Greens ahead shortly after the hour mark. Stephen Cunningham missed a penalty in the 80th minute but made amends three minutes later when he completed the scoring.

The league campaign starts next week with an away game at FC Romania.

Posted at 20:13

Friday 03 September - Date change for Kingstonian

Our forthcoming home game against Kingstonian has been brought forward by 24 hours, and will now take place on Monday 20th September, kicking off at 7:45pm.

This change has taken place because Wembley have a possible FA Vase replay on the Tuesday evening of that week.

We would like to thank Kingstonian for their co-operation in agreeing to the change of date.

Posted at 13:19

Friday 03 September - Agyeman moves on

Gary McCann has annnounced today that Richmond Agyeman has left the club to look for regular first team football elsewhere. We wish Richmond luck as he seeks to progress his career.

Posted at 13:05

Friday 03 September - Robins visit for Non League Day

Carshalton Athletic are our visitors tomorrow afternoon as we take part in the national Non League Day that has been set up to encourage supporters of professional clubs to come along and support grassroots football.

Admission for anyone that holds a season ticket for any club (unfortunately apart from our opponents) can gain entry for the reduced price of £5.00. Normal admission prices of £9.00 adults, £5.00 concessions and £1.00 for under 16s apply, and we believe these are the lowest admission prices for Step 3 football in North London.

Carshalton have had a mixed start to the season despite winning their opening game against Lowestoft Town. Their second game was abandoned in the second half due to a waterlogged pitch, and since then they have drawn 1-1 at Canvey Island, and on Monday they lost 2-1 to Croydon Athletic. The Robin's goal came courtesy of a spot kick conversion by Byron Harrison.

Our opponents, who are now managed by Mark Butler, have made a number of signings during the summer, including former Hendon midfielder Paul Johnson from Ashford Town (Middlesex).

Meanwhile, Gary McCann, speaking after the Harrow victory on Monday, said that "We now need to build on our good start with a result against Carshalton." Gary will be keen for the squad to put in another good, professional performance similar to those seen in the past couple of games.

In terms of travel to the game tomorrow, there are no reported engineering works on either the Bakerloo Line or Piccadilly Line - the two tube lines that stop nearest Vale Farm. Supporters are advised that there is no service on the Jubilee Line between Stanmore and Waterloo, on the Metropolitan Line between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate, and on the Central Line between Marble Arch and West Ruislip.

Please encourage your friends and family to come along tomorrow, and hopefully they will like what they see and will be tempted to return again in the future.

Posted at 10:03

Thursday 02 September - Under 16 county cup draw

The draw for the Under 16s Middlesex Cup has been made, and we have received a bye in the first round. In the second round we will make the short journey to Wingate & Finchley, with the game being due to be played in mid-October.

Our under 18s are not entering the county cup this season.

Posted at 13:42

Thursday 02 September - More details on our new U18 team

In the summer we teamed up with an Academy to provide football and education opportunities for Under 18 players.

The Academy was lucnhed last year at Hackney Community college, which runs in association with the Academy of Sport East London. Their U18 side played in the Ryman Youth League for Tilbury and on the back of their success from last season they have now taken up the opportunity to join up with Hendon to become our newly formed Under 18 team.

A number of their youth players also played regularly for Tilbury's reserve team and a few made first team appearances as well.

The Football Academy had an outstanding debut season in the league, whilst reaching the FA Youth Cup - Third Qualifying Round.

This season, the Under 18 side will be playing in the Cheshunt Youth League, and the website will be following their progress throughout the campaign.

The team will be coached by Jason Fevrier and Lee Hayes, and the academy co-ordinator is Les Fevrier who can be contacted via email on lesfev@aol.com.

Posted at 13:31

Wednesday 01 September - Date for FA Cup tie fixed

We have been in contact with Cheshunt this morning, and the date for our FA Cup tie has now been fixed. It will take place at Vale Farm on Sunday 12th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:39

Wednesday 01 September - Under 21s drawn away in county cup

The Under 21s have been given an away draw in the Middlesex Junior Cup, the first season the team has entered this competition. The game is away to St Lawrence, and will be played on Saturday 2nd October.

The first team entered the competition before the club became a senior club in 1912 but never won it.

Posted at 09:30

Wednesday 01 September - August snowball draw delayed

Due to circumstances outside of the control of the supporters trust, the August snowball draw has been delayed. It will now take place at half-time of our FA Cup match against Cheshunt.

Normal service should then resume, with draws taking place at the last home game of each month during the season.

If you would like to join the draw - which is an important fundraising vehicle for the club - full details can be found by clicking the snowball logo on the website. Each ball costs just £5 per month and gives you a chance to share in the monthly prize fund of over £350.

Posted at 08:47