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Hendon scores with first touch

Greensnet Editor
Mon 16 Sep 2002, 12:00

Hendon teenager Brian Haule did something every football-mad child dreams of. He scored with his very first touch in senior football; not only that, it gained his team a point. Haule was named as a substitute by Hendon for their match at Hampton & Richmond Borough and was sent on as a substitute late in the game, with his team trailing 1-0. When former Hendon goalkeeper Andy Iga could only parry Paul Yates' shot, Haule reacted quickly and smashed in a shot from an acute angle. Iga could not recover in time and could only help the ball over the line.

Amazingly, Haule almost scored with his second touch too. Iga fumbled a cross from Ricci Crace, but Haule could not get any power on his header as the ball as it looped off the goalkeeper.

His manager Dave Anderson said, "Brian has been doing well in our reserves this season and we took him along for experience this afternoon.

"However, we lost a couple of players on the morning of the game so named him as a substitute. When we were behind with only a couple of minutes to go, I felt we had nothing to lose by throwing him on and he got a goal with his first touch.

"Good luck to the boy."