Cooper saes lethargic Hendon

Greensnet Editor
Sat 12 Apr 2003, 18:30

Mark Cooper was the hero for Hendon as he scored a late equaliser to rescue a point against 9 man Hitchin Town. The first incident came in the 11th minute when Hitchin defender James Ayres was sent off after bringing Ricci Crace down just outside the penalty area after Crace had broken clear on goal. Nothing came of the resulting freekick, but two minutes later Hendon took the lead when Lee Endersby fired the ball home. Just before the half hour mark, Hitchin scored twice inside a minute. A Hitchin attacker was brought down in the penalty area, and Dean Brennan scored from the spot. Just a minute later the Hendon defence went missing as Carl Drew broke clear to score. A few minutes later Drew became a villain for the home side when he was sent off for violent conduct after striking Ricardo Alves in the face as the two players tussled for the ball at the side of the pitch, Hendon had been awarded a freekick and Alves had gone to retrieve the ball. Despite the two man advantage Hendon became very lethargic in the second half showing very little creativity despite having the lions share of the possession, and there was much relief among the travelling support when Cooper popped up to slide the ball into the net after a goalmouth scramble.