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Fifteen minutes of madness costs Dons

Greensnet Editor
Mon 25 Aug 2003, 19:00

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.