News - January 2017

Monday 30 January - Geo Craig joins on loan from Luton

Luton Town youth team striker Geo Craig has today joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.

The 18 year old as been a regular in the Hatters youth team and development squad this season, and academy boss Andy Awford thinks this ia great opportunity for Geo to test himself.

We are pleased to welcome Geo to the club, and hope that he enjoys his time with us over the next three months.

Posted at 15:01

Saturday 28 January - Greens beaten by wonder goal

A superb goal from Tanasheh Abrahams, from just inside his own half, earnt Wingate & Finchley a 1-0 win at Silver Jubilee Park this afternoon. The goal came in the 42nd minute when Abrahams spotted that Berkley Laurencin off his line, and fired home a lob that the keeper could only help into the net.

Aside from that, the game was a largely even affair, with both sides struggling to create clear cut chances. Shane Gore in the Wingate goal was never really tested by the Greens front line in the first half, whilst Laurencin had to make one save low down.

Whilst Hendon had their fair share of possession, the quality of the passing, and quality of balls into the box was nowhere near as good as Tuesday evening, and the best chance to equalise came late in the second half, but Kezie Ibe could only find the keeper before the visitors scrambled the ball away.

With other results going against the Greens, the threat of relegation looms even larger, and a win at Grays Athletic next weekend is absolutely vital.

Posted at 19:07

Wednesday 25 January - Under 18s draw against leaders

The under 18s good run of results continued tonight as they drew 3-3 with league leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough at SJP. The result keeps the young Greens in second place, behind the young Beavers on goal difference, having played three games more. They are only the second team this season to take points from Hampton.

A full report will appear on the youth team page in the next few days.

Posted at 23:14

Wednesday 25 January - It's happened before!

A number of supporters, including our Scottish supporters on twitter, have asked whether we've had two consecutive matches abandoned before - to which the answer is yes, over 70 years ago. In December 1942, we had two consecutive games abandoned in extra time, both against Pinner in the Middlesex Senior Cup.

The first attempt took place on Saturday 5th December at Claremont Road, and having reached full time at 0-0, the teams embarked on extra time. However, five minutes into extra time, the game was abandoned due to failing light.

The following week on 12th December, again at Claremont Road, the teams reached full time goalless once again. This time 20 minutes of extra time were played, but with Pinner leading 1-0, it became too dark again and the game was abandoned.

The third attempt took place on 19th December at Pinner's ground, and saw them win 3-1, with Roy Stroud scoring the goal for us.

Posted at 23:08

Tuesday 24 January - Billericay game beaten by fog

Tonight's game against Billericay Town was abandoned after 35 minutes due to thick fog with the Greens leading 2-0. It must be said that the decision to start the game was absolutely correct, but shortly after the second goal was scored, the fog thickened and the referee suspended play. He gave it 15 minutes, but there was no sign of the fog lifting and the decision was made to abandon the game following a discussion with both managers.

The 35 minutes that were played saw some of the best football the Greens have played this season. The first goal came in the 11th minute when a defence splitting ball from Matt Ball was then played by Elliott Charles into the path of Reis Stanislaus who slammed the ball into the net. The second came twenty minutes later when Arthur Lee rose at the far post to head home a cross.

However, with the match abandoned, it all counts for nothing.

Both clubs await a ruling from the Ryman League as to what happens regarding a replay, but in the meantime we ask that all those who attended retain their admission ticket, which will be able to be used to gain entry for the rearranged game.

Posted at 21:59

Tuesday 24 January - Gary reflects on Saturday's match

Gary McCann reflected on Saturday's match against AFC Sudbury when he said, "When it comes to the performance I thought it was one or three points worthy overall, but we were not efficient enough after good passages of play to turn the chances into goals.

"What was more disappointing was that when they had their first real chance in our penalty area they scored. We didn't defend properly.

"We have lost two of our last three games because we haven't been concentrating enough in defending set-plays. We are having individual players switching off at crucial times.

"And, when you are at the bottom, it seems that every time we switch off we concede a goal. We need to take repsonsibility, individually and collectively.

"The big positive is that Elliott Brathwaite came through the game unscathed. He will have a big part to play in the games to come."

The subject of the end of Saturday's game was broached with Gary and his response was, "The club and I have released statements concerning Saturday so I won’t add more other than my captain wasn't the cause of the fracas.

"We have to put the emotions and frustrations behind us. We have to be controlled because we can ill-afford to lose players or games of football with any indiscipline."

Posted at 17:18

Monday 23 January - Statement from Gary McCann

"It is with a heavy heart that I write this statement.

As you will now know after nearly 300 games covering around 8 years we have mutually agreed for Kevin Maclaren to leave the club.

Whenever Kev put the Hendon shirt on he wore it with great pride and gave absolutely everything for this club, never anything less than 100% and I had no hesitation in appointing him as captain.

What isn't so well known is his leadership and support off the pitch. While on the pitch I had a great captain and very talented player, off the pitch Hendon had a loyal and outstanding captain. He always found time to talk to our supporters and always showed genuine concern over the wellbeing of staff, officials and supporters alike.

His emotions got the better of him on Saturday in his first game back for 8 weeks in a crucial fixture. I am saddened that it has ended this way and for me personally Kev gave so much and will be sorely missed, not only as a player and captain but also as someone that I could fully trust in my dressing room. It will be a lesser place without him.

I personally thank Kev for all that he has been and for all that he has given and I wish him the very best of luck for the future.

We will remain close mates."

Posted at 13:20

Monday 23 January - Club Statement

The club have issued the following statement following the events on Saturday afternoon.

"An internal investigation has been opened in the wake of Saturday's incident which resulted in the abandonment of our League match against AFC Sudbury. No further comment will be made until that investigation has been concluded.

However, as a result of Kevin Maclaren having received a red card for violent conduct, it has been mutually agreed between the Board, the manager and the player himself that Kevin will leave the club with immediate effect.

While the reasons for his departure are extremely disappointing, Kevin's contribution and loyalty to the club cannot be overstated, having played almost 300 games since his debut at the start of the 2008/9 season. Kevin wore the captain's armband with great pride for much of his Hendon career and remained loyal to the club despite having received a number of offers to go elsewhere for greater reward.

The club thanks him for his outstanding service and wishes him well for the future."

Posted at 13:17

Saturday 21 January - Match abandoned due to mass confrontation

A mass confrontation in second half stoppage time involving most players and both benches resulted in today's game against AFC Sudbury being abandoned by the referee. During the confrontation, Kevin Maclaren was sent off for violent conduct, despite having left the field after being substituted midway through the second half. The score at the time of the abandonment saw our visitors leading 2-1.

The outcome of the game will be decided by the Ryman League in due course, whilst the club will await any charges that come from the FA after the referee has submits his report this evening.

As for the game itself, the Greens were two goals down at half time - as a result of not taking their chances, and poor defending allowing Sudbury to score twice, first of all Ryan Henshaw finding the back of the net in the 16th minute, and Craig Parker doubling the lead in the 25th minute. Before Sudbury had scored, Hendon had three or four good chances, but the final finishes were found wanting.

Gary McCann made two changes at half-time, and this saw the Greens take the game to their visitors, and it was no surprise when they pulled a goal back when Elliott Charles turned home a cross from Reis Stanislaus. Further chances came the way of the Greens but again they were unable to find the back of the net, whilst Berkley Laurencin made one excellent save low down at full stretch.

Sadly, any chance of a late equaliser failed to materialise as the mass confrontation blew up, leaving the referee no option but to abandon the game.

Posted at 19:40

Friday 20 January - Semi final date set

The date has been set for our Middlesex Senior Cup Semi Final against Wealdstone, and it will be played at SJP on Tuesday 21st February, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 18:03

Wednesday 18 January - Under 18s win to move second

The under 18s moved up to second in the table this evening as they beat Ashford Town (Middlesex) 4-3 at a chilly SJP. Following a tough start to the campaign, our youngsters have won 6 of their last 8 games.

We hope to have full details of the game along with a match report in the next few days.

Posted at 22:19

Wednesday 18 January - Gary happy with county cup win

Gary McCann was happy as he looked back on the Middlesex Senior Cup quarter-final victory over Enfield Town. He said, "We played really well and thoroughly deserved to win the game. In fact we might have won more comfortably than 3-1.

"There is beginning to be a real feeling of togetherness and fighting spirit about the squad. We all played for each other and got our rewards.

"I was especially pleased for Karl Oliyide getting his hat-trick. He is a lovely, humble young man who has worked very hard for me this season and he is now in double figures in goals scored.

"That said, I would willingly swap the victory against Enfield Town for three points on Saturday. The League form and position are the prime concerns and we have to start picking up wins.

"This is why the game on Saturday against Sudbury is so important. But we are going into it with our confidence in a better place and also a good feeling about ourselves.

"Some of our long-term absenteees are also very close to coming back and that can only help the squad. I must mention the bravery of Tom Lovelock the goalkeeper. We thought we would have to put Casey in goal when he got hurt, but Tom volunteered to play on and did very well."

Posted at 19:00

Wednesday 18 January - 3rd Annual Hendon FC New Year Darts Open

Michael Barnard won the 3rd annual Hendon FC New Year Darts Open at SJP on Sunday 8th January and took the £250 top prize, beating Martin Lukeman 6-2 in the final, who picked up £120. We wish both players the best of luck at PDC Qualifying School this week as they try to win a Pro Tour Card. Losing semi finalists picking up £50 were Diogo Portela and Ben West, and the highest checkout prize of £30 was won by Jamie Freeman.

Posted at 19:00

Wednesday 18 January - Middlesex Senior Cup draw

It has been pointed out that the draw for the semi-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup had, in fact, already been made and was announced on this website back in November. When updating last night - we only looked at the Middlesex FA website, which isn't showing the semi final draw - and didn't think to look on our own site! Whoops!

Anyway, we will be playing at home to Wealdstone, who beat Harrow Borough 1-0 last night at Earlsmead despite fielding a much changed side from the one that won at Southport on Saturday. The date for the game will be confirmed in due course.

Posted at 17:18

Tuesday 17 January - Oliyide hat-trick earns semi final place

A hat-trick from Karl Oliyide earnt the first team a place in the semi finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup as they beat Enfield Town 3-1 on a chilly evening. The potential semi final opponents are Wealdstone, Hampton & Richmond Borough or Hanworth Villa.

The first half was goalless, but not short of chances, with both keepers having to make saves, but the second half belonged to Oliyide. He opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, and doubled the lead in the 64th minute. The easiest of his three goals came in the 86th minute when he was left completely unmarked in the box and Keagan Cole slid the ball into his path to complete his hat-trick. Harry Ottaway scored a late consolation for the home side, but it was ultimately a comfortable win for the Greens.

Posted at 22:51

Tuesday 17 January - Billericay game date change again

Our home game against Billericay Town has been rearranged again, and has reverted to the previous date of Tuesday 24th January, kicking off at 7:45pm at SJP.

The reason for the change is that their league cup tie against Worthing has been put back a week, due to Worthing now having to play an FA Trophy replay at Sutton United on 24th January. Worthing's FA Trophy replay, which normally would have been played tonight, has been put back a week as Sutton were playing (& beating) AFC Wimbledon in an FA Cup replay.

Posted at 22:43

Tuesday 17 January - Gary upbeat despite defeat

Gary McCann was upbeat after the defeat to Tonbridge Angels at the weekend. He said, “I thought we played really well and deserved to get something out of the game. We dominated large parts of the game.

“When the opposing goalkeeper is head and shoulders man of the match, it is clear that we had done some things very well. However, I do realise that we should have been more ruthless and efficient in front of goal.

“I am good friends with their manager – Steve McKimm, who played at Hendon in 1994–95 – and he told me that he could have had no complaints if we had got a draw from the game and would not have argued if we had picked up all three points.

“That said, there were things that we can improve on, especially the three goals they scored.

“Things certainly were made much harder for us by a virus that went through the team at the end of the week. Matt Ball, Merrick James Lewis and Reis Stanislaus weren’t available and Keagan Cole was fit only for the bench, but praise to Arthur Lee who also battled through it and put his hand up to start.

“I think the squad is looking stronger than it was a month or two ago. We have worked tirelessly to improve the team and we have made some good signings. Add in the return of both Elliott Brathwaite and Kevin Maclaren from injury. Along with Elliot Charles and we are much stronger than we have been.

“We have only 17 games left to turn it around and we need to pick up points very quickly. We will continue to battle away and I think we need to get 8 wins or 24 points in those 17 games, which will be a big challenge.”

Posted at 17:10

Sunday 15 January - Record-breaking Ryman era to end

The Ryman League will have a new title sponsor from next season after announcing the ending of the longest running sports sponsorship in UK football.

Extended last term into a 20th season, the Isthmian Football League's record-breaking partnership with Ryman the Stationer will cease at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Negotiations with a replacement sponsor are ongoing and an announcement is expected shortly after the Isthmian League officially confirmed the ending of the Ryman title sponsorship on Saturday night.

Having led the way in sponsorship since securing Rothmans in 1973 as football's first title sponsors, Theo Paphitis stepped with his nationwide stationers in 1997 and has sponsored the Isthmian League ever since, adding the Ryman Youth League and Ryman Development League as they were introduced. This season, clubs played with specially produced match balls marked with the number 20 to celebrate the milestone in sponsorship.

In addition, two of the Ryman chairman's other flagship companies - Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue - currently sponsor the League Cup and the Women's Cup. Paphitis and his businesses have also teamed up with the Ryman League's 72 clubs over the last two decades to raise thousands for charities and good causes, most notably on Red Nose Day.

Paphitis, pictured opening one his stores, said: "The last twenty years as sponsor of the Isthmian League have created some fantastic sporting memories for me personally, and also for my businesses. It has been a pleasure to have been associated with the league for such a long period of time as grassroots football has always been close to my heart.

"Some of the players who are playing today have only ever known it as the Ryman League, but nothing lasts forever. It's with a heavy heart we pass on the baton to a new sponsor and it's been a great honour to be associated with the Isthmian League and all the people involved, both on and off the pitch."

Ryman League chairman Nick Robinson, said: "It is a sad day but one which we knew would come sooner or later. We are very proud of the work we have done with Ryman and other companies in the Theo Paphitis Retail Group.

"Everyone associated with the sponsorship has been so supportive and the companies have been wonderful to work with over the last 20 years. We have built up great friendships and I know these will not be lost in the future."

Posted at 14:27

Sunday 15 January - League sign benchwear and matchball deal with Mitre

The Ryman League's clubs and their fans can start looking forward to benefitting from a new matchball and benchwear sponsorship partnership with leading international sports brand Mitre.

Announced last Sunday at a meeting of the Ryman League's 72 clubs at the Thurrock Hotel before being officially confirmed on Saturday night, Mitre have agreed a four year deal with a one year extension option.

Thanks to Mitre, established in 1817 and still the world's oldest manufacturers of footballs as part of the Pentland Group of companies, the Ryman League's stars will be playing with the British firm's latest high-tech and FIFA approved 'hyperseam' footballs when they kick-off in the 2017-18 season.

Mitre are producing a yellow-based coloured ball for use throughout the season to reflect the Isthmian's colours and Ryman League chairman Nick Robinson is delighted to be teaming up with the leading brand and official suppliers to numerous competitions around the world, including the English Football League for more than 40 years, Scottish Premier League and Welsh Premier League in the UK.

Mitre are also the official matchball and benchwear partners of the Southern League and Robinson said: “We have been very impressed with the Mitre Company and the quality of the clothing as well as the match ball is extremely good.

Posted at 14:24

Saturday 14 January - Greens beaten at Tonbridge

The first team were beaten 3-1 at Tonbridge Angels this afternoon despite taking an early lead.

It was Karl Oliyide who put the Greens ahead in the 9th minute, but within five minutes Mitchell Nelson had equalised. Alex Akrofi put the Angels ahead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute, and the final goal came early in the second half courtesy of George Beaven.

Posted at 18:11

Saturday 14 January - Gary adds to the squad

Gary McCann has made two further additions to the squad as the bid to move up the league table continues, as well as progression in the Middlesex Senior Cup.

Returning to the club is 26 year old striker Elliott Charles, who was a popular member of the squad during his first spell with us. He scored on his debut in a 2-0 win at Wealdstone in September 2011, and went on to score 14 goals in 34 appearances. During his time away he has played for Eastbourne Borough, Dover Athletic, Staines Town and most recently Metropolitan Police. His first involvement is expected to be at Enfield Town on Tuesday night in the Middlesex Senior Cup.

Also joining is central midfielder Laste Dombaxe, who has joined from East Grinstead Town in time to be in the squad at Tonbridge Angels this afternoon. Laste is 21 years old and began his career at Tottenham Hotspur.

Posted at 12:15

Saturday 14 January - Tonbridge game goes ahead

Tonbridge Angels have been in touch this morning to say that this afternoon's game at Longmead is on. There are no problems with their pitch despite the recent wintry weather, no inspection is required, and the game goes ahead as planned. Kick off at Longmead is at 3:00pm.

Posted at 09:06

Thursday 12 January - Gary reflects on Merstham victory

Gary McCann could not contain his satisfaction after the defeat of Merstham at the weekend. He said, "This was so important for us.

"The failure to win at home was becoming a bigger and bigger issue and we had addressed it in the dressing room. We didn't want to keep mentioning it, but it was clearly affecting the players.

"I think we deserved the win and could have been well in front at half-time. It was more difficult in the second half, but I must praise our defence.

"Luke Tingey, a day after his 20th birthday was outstanding as were Casey Maclaren next to him and Tom Lovelock behind him. But credit also has to go to Jamie Smith and Arthur Lee at full-back and 'Big Dave' Diedhiou in front of him.

"This win will, I hope, stop the rot and get us out of the rut into which we have fallen. There is still a very long way to go, but another point about the win was that it keeps us in touch with the teams around us and we are only three points from 16th in the table.

"We would of hope to of gained some confidence from the victory and we can now go forward to a very difficult game at Tonbridge next Saturday and then onto a tough game against AFC Sudbury, who aren’t too far in front of us."

Posted at 17:15

Monday 09 January - Cole on target for Middlesex U18s

The three youngest members of our first team squad played for the Middlesex U18 side yesterday in the FA County Youth Cup against North Riding U18s.

Middlesex ran out 4-2 winners, having been 2-0 behind in the first half, with the crucial third and fourth goals coming from half time substitute and Greens first team regular Keagan Cole. Malachy McGovern played the full 90 minutes, whilst Mickey White was a late substitute.

This was a quarter final tie, and a trip to either Cheshire or Oxfordshire awaits in the last four, with those two teams scheduled to play their tie on 21st January

The fact that all three of our representatives in the county squad alreadyhave first team appearances under their belt is testament to the hard work done by our coaching staff at the club, particularly under 18 manager John Creith and his team, and of course Gary McCann and the first team backroom staff.

Posted at 17:28

Monday 09 January - New Year Grand Draw Results

The New Year Grand Draw was undertaken shortly after Saturday's match by two of our young supporters, Megan Tomlin and Florence Edwards and a total of £850 was paid out as prizes.

The winning tickets are as follows

1st Prize (£400) 498

2nd Prize (£200) 509

3rd Prize (£100) 2510

3 x 4th Prize (£50) 705, 3001, 726

Approximately £1700 was raised for the club, along with a further £200 which was donated back to the club by two of the winning ticket holders.

We are grateful to everyone who took part, particularly those who sold tickets to family and friends.

Posted at 17:15

Monday 09 January - U18s game postponed tonight

The U18s game at Bedfont Sports this evening has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Posted at 14:29

Sunday 08 January - Snowball Draw update

The snowball draws for August through to December have been made and the results are as follows, with a total of £3,368.00 being given away in prizes.

All prizewinners will be contacted over the next few days by the trust.

August (181 balls) : 1st Prize (£271.50) - ball 211. 2nd Prize (£135.75) - ball 193.

September (211 balls) : 1st Prize (£316.50) - ball 141. 2nd Prize (£158.25) - ball 56.

October (201 balls) : 1st Prize (£301.50) - ball 200. 2nd Prize (£150.75) - ball 86.

November (194 balls) : 1st Prize (£291.00) - ball 72. 2nd Prize (£145.50) - ball 221.

December (189 balls) : Super Snowballer (£1,172.00) - ball 158. 1st Prize (£283.50) - ball 128. 2nd Prize (E141.75) - ball 183.

In addition a total of £2,196.00 was contributed to the trust from the proceeds of these draws.

It's never too late to join the Snowball Draw. Balls cost just £5 per month. Please speak to Simon Lawrence on a matchday, or email the website on and we will put you in touch with him.

Posted at 13:33

Sunday 08 January - Laurie Topp

It is with great sadness that we have news that Hendon legend Laurie Topp passed away overnight after a long illness at the age of 93.

Legend is a term that can be overused at times in the present day, but it is a term that is thoroughly deserved by Laurie.

Born on 11th November 1923 in St Pancras, Laurie made his Hendon debut (based on information held by the club results archive), or Golders Green as we were called back then, on 29th January 1944 in a 6-1 victory over Clapton in the wartime Hertfordshire & Middlesex League, and he went on to be a regular in the side through to the 1960-61 season when he retired. According to the archive he made 587 competitive appearances, scoring 16 goals.

He was a scorer in the 1960 FA Amateur Cup victory over Kingstonian, and was a member of the side that came lost in the final of the same competition to Bishop Auckland in 1955.

He won the Athenian League three times with the club, the only three times the club won the competition, in 1953, 1956 and 1961, as well as being part of the squads that were runners up in 1948, 1949 and 1952.

Other honours won during his time with the club were the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1956, 1958 and 1960, and the Middlesex Charity Cup in 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1954 and 1957.

He also earnt international honours, appearing in two Olympic Games along with 32 England Amateur caps.

Our deepest sympathies and thoughts go out to Laurie's family and friends at this very sad time, and he will always go down in Hendon history as a club legend.

Posted at 10:14

Saturday 07 January - Greens dedicate win to Geraldine Clarke

The first team finally won their first league game at SJP this afternoon, beating Merstham 2-1, in a win that was dedicated by Gary McCann, the squad and the club to the memory of Geraldine Clarke, whose life was marked before the game with a minutes silence.

Gary said "On behalf of all the team management and players we would like to dedicate that win to Geraldine's memory", words that will be echoed by everyone connected with Hendon Football Club.

The first half was goalless, with the Greens best chance coming from Keagan Cole who saw his flicked volley saved by the keeper, whilst at the other end the back four were much more solid, together with Tom Lovelock in goal.

Lovelock was in fine form in the second half, making three or four excellent saves, whilst it was captain Casey Maclaren who broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a fierce header from a corner. With five minutes to go a fine move saw debutant Matt Ball deliver a superb pass into the path of Karl Oliyide, who beat his defender and slammed the ball into the net past the despairing dive of Phil Wilson.

The visitors did score a late consolation, Rae Bailey-Allen finding the back of the net, deep into stoppage time, but it wasn't enough to stop the Greens securing a much needed three points.

Gary and the squad will now be working hard this week to build on the win with a tough trip to Tonbridge Angels on the horizon next Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 20:26

Saturday 07 January - Ball and Barrington sign up

Gary McCann added Matt Ball and Marcel Barrington to the squad ahead of today's game against Merstham as he continues to look for the formula to lift the club out of relegation trouble.

Ball is a 23 year old midfielder who has joined us from St Albans City, having started his career at Norwich City before appearing for Stevenage, Farnborough, Boreham Wood and Wealdstone.

Barrington is a 21 year old forward who joins from Tooting & Mitcham United having been with Margate earlier this season. He started out at Stoke City before moving on to Leicester City, and has otherwise played for Nuneaton Town, Bishop's Stortford and Walton Casuals.

Posted at 20:18

Saturday 07 January - U18 in goalfest at SJP

The under 18s ran out 6-4 winners against Hayes & Yeading United at SJP on Wednesday night, with Mickey White leading the way with a hat-trick. Also on the scoresheet were Nathan Mawer-Davis, Malachy McGovern and Ben Gray. The result moved the youngsters up to third place in the league table.

A full report can now be found on the youth team pages.

Posted at 10:37

Wednesday 04 January - Darren Behcet moves on

The club have announced today that Darren Behcet has been released and is expected to sign for Ware, who play in Ryman League Division One North.

Posted at 17:07

Monday 02 January - Spencer McCall departs

Spencer McCall has become the latest player to leave the club, and he returned to Wingate & Finchley in time to be a substitute for them this afternoon.

We thank Spencer for his efforts since he joined in the summer.

Posted at 22:46

Monday 02 January - Steve Browne

We are saddened to have learnt of the passing yesterday of former player Steve Browne following a battle with cancer. Steve made four appearances for us in the 1995/96 season under Neil Price, but was very well known and well respected around the non-league game.

A minutes silence was held ahead of today's game at Dulwich Hamlet, and our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family and friends at this sad time.

Posted at 19:29

Monday 02 January - New year, another defeat

2017 started for the first team just as 2016 ended, with a defeat, this time going down 2-1 at Dulwich Hamlet. However, the reaction to going behind was much improved on recent weeks, and whilst the home defence proved tough to break down, the effort of the squad couldn't be faulted as they searched for a way back into the game.

The opening period saw both sides have possession, but Dulwich always looked more likely to score, and they took the lead in the 25th minute when Ashley Carew netted from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

The home side doubled their lead in the 62nd minute. Whilst there is an argument that Kenny Beaney could have been closed down before he let rip with a fierce drive, it looked like Tom Lovelock had the ball covered until it took a wicked deflection off Casey Maclaren and flew into the top corner, giving the keeper absolutely no chance.

However, the Greens refused to let their heads drop, and pulled themselves back into the game ten minutes later when Reis Stanislaus crashed a shot home. As the Greens searched for an equaliser, Dulwich also probed forward, but found the Greens defence much more organised, and Lovelock in fine form, making two or three good saves. Keagan Cole was unlucky to see his shot hit Dave Diedhiou, whilst Mickey White came close to shutting down a clearance from the home keeper.

However, the end result was the same, another defeat, and the Greens now go into Saturday's game at home to Merstham knowing that a win is absolutely vital in the battle against relegation.

Posted at 19:19