Fine end to Greens' season

Greensnet Editor
Mon 29 Apr 2002, 10:00

Hendon's season ended with the Greens in 8th place in the Ryman League Premier Division table. They were, however, one of the Division's form teams, not just in the final month, but for the whole of the second half of the season.

The Dons' second 21 matches saw 12 wins, 4 draws and just 5 defeats, for a total of 40 points. Only 21 goals were conceded while 42 were scored. If that record was doubled over a full season, then in all of the last 6 seasons, it would have been good enough for 3rd place in the League, and 3 times it would have brought a runners-up spot.

In case anyone should put this down to an easier second-half schedule, then it should be pointed out that Hendon faced every opponent except Purfleet in that time, while there were 2 games against St Albans.

The Greens' record in their last 10 matches is championship form. After sitting in 20th place in the table on the morning of 23 March, Hendon recorded 8 wins, 1 draw and a single defeat, scoring 25 goals and conceding 6. Over a full 42-game season, that would equate to around 101 points and a similar number of goals scored.

The club's fine form must mean that both manager Dave Anderson and goalkeeper David Hook will be very close to earning the Ryman League's monthly manager and goalkeeping awards.