Match Report

Kingstonian
1-1
Hendon
R Moss
F Robins
Match details
Competition: Isthmian League Premier Division
Date: Monday 15 August 2016
Attendance: 271

Hendon picked themselves up after a disappointing opening day of the season to put their first point on the board with a creditable away draw against Kingstonian. Following the disappointing 3-0 reverse against Worthing, which may have been a case of nervy stage fright as Hendon played their first league game at new home Silver Jubilee Park, Gary McCann reverted to a more orthodox 4-3-3 formation in what might well have been Hendon's final visit to Kingsmeadow.

A bright performance might have seen the Greens return to North London with all three points, were it not for the exploits of K’s keeper Rob Tolfrey who kept the home side in it with two excellent early saves from Dale Binns and Finbar Robins, the latter an excellent tip over to concede a corner.

Hendon, seemingly a lot more in control of the game with Dave Diedhiou marshalling the midfield, applied a great deal of pressure in the remainder of the first half, with Binns and Karl Oliyide causing the Kingstonian defence no end of problems. Robins had another shot that just whistled past the woodwork, while Oliyide also went close, this time with a header that narrowly missed the target.

After half time, Hendon continued to exert the bulk of the pressure, Robins and Oliyide proving to be the chief tormentors of a home defence that seemed slightly hesitant and uncomfortable with the pace of several Hendon personnel.

Although Kingstonian finally prompted Hendon keeper Berkley Laurencin into action when he was forced to repel a decent strike from Pico Gomez and then a fine effort from Ryan Moss, it was Hendon who made the breakthrough in the 67th minute. After yet more impressive approach play, Binns was played free on the left flank. His powerful cross, or shot, looked like it might have been too robust for everyone until Robins was able to manoeuvre himself in mid-air and smash the ball home past a despairing Tolfrey.

Hendon delights were short-lived though. Within five minutes, the home side were level, a Gomez hanging cross being met by the head of Moss, his textbook header giving Laurencin little chance. A flurry of changes in the closing stages of the game saw Kezie Ibe, Sam Murphy and Mahrez Bettache replace Niko Muir, Spencer McCall and Finbarr Robins respectively, but Hendon were unable to reassert themselves and the entertaining game played out to a stalemate.

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Kingstonian

Home Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Rob Tolfrey  
2 Aaron Goode  
3 George Wells  
4 Danny Gallagher  
5 Sam Page  
6 Alan Inns  
7 Joe Turner  
8 Saidou Khan  
9 Ryan Moss  
10 Pelayo Pico Gomez  
11 Greg Akpele  
12 Peter Dean  
14 Jake Nicholson for 8 , 61
15 Shelton Gooden  
16 Charlie Knight for 11 , 54
17 Jason Stripp  

Hendon

Away Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Berkley Laurencin  
2 Chris Seeby  
3 Mayowa Balogun  
4 Dave Diedhiou  
5 Casey Maclaren  
6 Arthur Lee  
7 Finbarr Robins  
8 Spencer McCall  
9 Niko Muir  
10 Karl Oliyide  
11 Dale Binns  
12 Kezie Ibe for 9 , 77
14 Sam Murphy for 8 , 77
15 Mahrez Bettache for 7 , 89
16 Luke Tingey  
17 Andre Da Costa