Greens beaver away

Greensnet Editor
Sat 25 Jan 2003, 18:30

Hendon salvaged a point from a poor first half performance, which had seen bottom of the table Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-0 up into the break. Hampton, with only one win in the league this season, scored their first after just 9 minutes through ex-Green Jessie Hall. A cross took a wicked deflection off a red shirt, falling to Hall nicely for him to slam the ball home. The Beavers' second followed in the 32nd minute, Ashley Sestanovich lifting a free kick over the wall and into the top corner. A lifeline did appear for Hendon, however, in the form of a red card for Tony Houghton who was given his second booking in the 41st minute for kicking the ball away - somewhat bizarely after Hampton had been awarded a free kick!

Hendon played rather better after the break, scoring just five minutes into the second half through Ricci Crace, who put the ball just inside the near post from the edge of the area. Hampton, however, belied their poor showing in the goals scored column this season by adding another to their total through Wayne Cort (brother of Carl) who slammed the ball home for 3-1. Hendon were unwilling to roll over however, and the lifeline came through substitute debutant Lee Endersby who scored a free kick from the edge of the area. Crace continued to cause problems for the Hampton defence, and the pressure finally told in the 90th minute, with the youngster winning a penalty, which Endersby slammed home for his second goal to keep the Greens in touching distance of Aldershot Town.