News - April 2012

Monday 30 April - A season to remember

Whilst missing out on the play-offs has been disappointing, when we look back on the 2011-12 season it will certainly be one to remember.

Throughout the campaign we have been in and around the top of the table, and that is testament to the many hours that our management team of Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt, Junior Lewis, Paul Faulkner, Mark Findley and Dean Townsend have put in since this time last year. They have worked wonders, and in reality they have given us a season that clubs with bigger budgets will envy. A big thank you to them all.

We must also give a big thank you to the players, who, without exception, have put in a fantastic shift this season, particularly given the injuries that have blighted our campaign from beginning to end. Hopefully we can start the new season with a fully fit squad. We have a fantastic squad, who clearly have a superb team spirit - and that has shown in their performances and results.

They have given us plenty of highlights to remember. The FA Cup tie at Luton, a run to the semi-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup, winning the London Senior Cup, taking four points off Wealdstone in one season, the recent demolitions of Wingate & Finchley, Tooting & Mitcham and Aveley, and may more besides.

We must also thank Graham Etchell, who as club secretary, and his expertise in administration for a football club, is second to none. Without his hard work, it would be so much harder to keep the club running on a day to day basis. Also, thanks go to our board of directors, Simon Lawrence, Michael Harte and David Bedford for giving the club excellent leadership.

Thanks also go to David Ballheimer, for his excellent match reports, and those other reporters who stand in when David is unavailable. We are also very grateful to all those supporters who do so much hard work behind the scenes, whether its for the supporters trust, the supporters association, taking on matchday duties or any of the other numerous tasks around the club.

Without our fantastic supporters, there would be no Hendon, and we wouldn't be looking forward to our 50th consecutive season in the top division of the Isthmian League.

The website will continue to be updated regularly throughout the summer, with news on friendlies and any player movements as and when they are confirmed.

In the meantime, we hope that everyone has a wonderful break, and we look forward to seeing you all back in July & August when things get underway again, and who knows - maybe we'll go one step better next season.

Posted at 19:43

Saturday 28 April - Greens win but miss play-offs

Hendon finished the season on a high note, winning 7-1 at Aveley this afternoon, but other results went against them and so the play-off dream was ended.

On a very wet afternoon, the Greens took the lead in the 35th minute when Greg Ngoyi converted a spot-kick, but otherwise it was a half with very little of note, and there was no sign of what was to come in the second half.

Hendon scored 5 goals in 15 minutes, starting with a penalty from Scott Shulton, and then a 7 minute hat-trick from Isaiah Rankin, before Elliott Charles scored to make it 6-0. Berkley Laurencin continued his good record with penalties, saving a spot-kick from Kayan Kalipha, but in the 81st minute Liam Thomas pulled a goal back for the already relegated home side.

Elliott Godfrey restored the six goal advantage as the game moved into stoppage time, and when the game ended shortly afterwards, the Hendon players and management were applauded off the pitch, not only in appreciation of their performance this afternoon, but more so for the efforts they have all put in for what has been a very enjoyable season.

Posted at 19:48

Friday 27 April - What happens if game is off tomorrow?

Following the heavy rain over the past few days, the Ryman League have put procedures in place should any games be postponed tomorrow afternoon.

The good news however, is that the weather forecast is actually pretty decent for the next 24 hours, with showers clearing this afternoon, and it is then forecast to remain dry until Saturday evening.

Should tomorrow's game be postponed, it will then be played on Sunday afternoon at 3pm, unless we agree an alternative time with Aveley. Should conditions dictate that play is not possible on Sunday, the game would then be played on Monday evening at 7.45pm.

The above directive, issued following a Ryman League Board meeting yesterday applies to all fixtures, whether or not they affect promotion, play-offs or relegation.

We will update the postponement hotline, twitter feed and messageboard immediately if there is any news of a pitch inspection or postponement. Unless you see or hear a message on any of those options, or indeed on the website, please assume that tomorrow's game is going ahead as planned. We will only update if an inspection is arranged.

Posted at 11:48

Friday 27 April - Let's finish on a high

The end of the season seems to have suddenly sprung itself on us, and tomorrow afternoon we travel to Aveley for the final league game of the campaign.

Whilst we travel in the knowledge that even if we win, the chances are we won't be in the play-offs, Gary McCann and the squad are very keen to ensure that we finish on a high note with 3 points - so that we know we've done everything we can to keep our small chance of a play-off spot alive.

As mentioned earlier in the week, in order for us to make the play-offs, as well as making sure we win at Aveley, we need Lewes to drop points at home to Harrow Borough, and Bury Town to lose at Tooting & Mitcham United, and also a six goal swing is required between ourselves and Bury. But as we all know - it's not over till it's over, and we'll keep believing until we know it is impossible.

Aveley, who are already relegated, have found their second & third seasons in the Premier Division much tougher than the first when they finished in third place, losing to Boreham Wood in the play-off semi-finals. When we played them earlier in the season at Vale Farm, a goal from Elliott Charles ensured a share of the points in a 1-1 draw. It was another of those days, and there has been a lot of them this season, when we were decimated by injury and illness.

We hope that as many of you as possible are able to make the trip to Aveley, and let's make sure that we all give the squad a great send-off at the end of the game to celebrate what has been a thoroughly enjoyable season, whether or not we make it into the play-offs.

Posted at 08:49

Tuesday 24 April - It all goes down to the last day

Hendon's play off hopes hang by a thread following tonight's results which saw Wealdstone win 2-0 at Margate, and Lowestoft Town win 2-0 at Cray Wanderers.

This means, that for the Greens to make the play-offs on Saturday, they must win at Aveley and hope that Lewes drop points at home to Harrow Borough, and that Bury Town lose at Tooting & Mitcham United. There also needs to be a 6 goal swing between Bury and the Greens.

Whilst the odds are now stacked against the Greens, Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to do everything in their power to get a positive result at Aveley on Saturday afternoon, and they hope to see a big Hendon turnout to cheer them on - and you never know - the unlikely could just happen.

Posted at 22:10

Sunday 22 April - Phil and Simon complete London Marathon

Both club chairman Simon Lawrence and supporters trust co-chairman Phil Rogers have successfully completed the London Marathon this afternoon.

Despite suffering an achilles injury around the 11 mile mark, Phil finished in a time of 3:50:53, whilst Simon finshed in a time of 4:31:30.

Everyone connected with the club congratulates them both on their efforts this afternoon. They will both now be keen to receive any sponsorship money owed as soon as possible.

Posted at 14:36

Saturday 21 April - Wharton is Player of the Season

Following this afternoon's game, the end of season awards were presented in front of a disappointing turnout by manager Gary McCann, Supporters' Association chairman Mike Hogan and Football Club chairman Simon Lawrence.

Gary McCann went first, noting that he had hoped a few more supporters would have stayed after the game, for the players' benefit, but also thanking everyone involved with the club - both on the playing side and away from the pitch. He presented Most Improved Player first to Berkley Laurencin, before moving onto the coveted Player's Player award which went to club captain Scott Cousins. Finally, he presented his own Manager's Player of the Season award to the reliable Ryan Wharton.

Mike Hogan went next, presenting the Supporter of the Year award to Doug Smith, who has been one of the more active helpers around the club, spending time on the Trust board in recent years as well as helping on a regular basis in the turnstiles on matchdays. He then moved onto the Supporters Player of the Year award, with Wharton again winning the vote.

Club chairman Simon Lawrence presented the final award - the Chariman's award - selecting Michael Harte, treasurer for both the Supporters' Trust since it was formed and the football club since the Trust took over the club. Mike has been vital to the successful running of both organisations behind the scenes, and very much an unsung hero behind some of the more public faces of the club.

We would like to apologise to any supporters who missed the event due to the late publicity around it - unfortunately due to the work around Vale Farm and in particular in the clubhouse, it has been difficult for us to commit to organising anything in particular. Obviously we hope to ensure that next season we have our plans in place and publicised well in advance of our final home league game of the season.

Posted at 20:30

Saturday 21 April - Hopes carry into final week

Hendon's playoff hopes carry into the final week of the season, following a 5-0 defeat of already relegated Tooting & Mitcham United at Vale Farm this afternoon. Scott Shulton gave the Greens an early lead in just the 9th minute before doubling his tally just four minutes later. The second half saw the Dons put the game to bed, Isaiah Rankin adding the third on 67 minutes, before Carl McCluskey and Greg Ngoyi netted one apiece just before full time.

All eyes will be on the midweek games, with Hendon now relying on Wealdstone to drop points at Margate to give them a reasonable chance of a playoff spot next Saturday.

Posted at 18:19

Friday 20 April - Focus back on reaching play-offs

The focus for the first team returns to the league, and specifically maintaining the hopes of reaching the play-offs at the end of the season. With the campaign rapidly coming to an end, anything less than three points against Tooting & Mitcham United tomorrow afternoon will almost certainly see the play-offs become out of reach. The Greens know that they need to win both their remaining games, and hope that Lewes, Cray Wanderers and Wealdstone all drop points somewhere in the next 9 days.

Tooting, who are already relegated, have had a troubled season, having been taken over during the season, although there are reports that the new owners may have pulled out of the club. Also, due to injuries, they were forced to go into Tuesday's game against Wealdstone without a recognised goalkeeper, striker Charlie Stimson going between the sticks in their 6-0 defeat.

THey have suffered a rotten run of form since beating champions elect Billericay Town back in January, picking up just 5 points over their last 16 fixtures, a run that has included two 6-0 home defeats, and they have been ensconsed in the relegation zone since the turn of the year.

When we met the Terrors earlier in the season, it was a comfortable afternoon for the Greens with a 3-0 victory coming courtesy of goals from Elliott Charles and Greg Ngoyi earning the points, along with an own goal.

As this is the final home game of the season - if we are involved in the play-offs it is extremely likely that both games will be away from home - don't forget that the end of season presentations will be made in the clubhouse after the game - with hot food on sale for a small fee. Drinks will be available over the bar as normal.

We hope to see a really big turnout of Hendon supporters tomorrow afternoon as we bid to keep those play-off hopes alive, not only by winning, but also by the other contenders dropping points in their games.

Posted at 15:57

Friday 20 April - More cup final photos

We have been advised of three more sets of photos that are now online from Wednesday night's cup final. They are from Chris Hayes, Stuart Tree and a Kingstonian supporter who goes by the name Minky on the messageboards.

Photos from Chris Hayes

Photos from Stuart Tree

Photos from Minky

Posted at 09:03

Thursday 19 April - London Marathon looms for chairmen

As many supporters will be aware club chairman Simon Lawrence is running the London Marathon on Sunday for the first time. Also running the marathon is co-chairman of the supporters trust, Phil Rogers, who will be running for the sixth time.

Simon's race number is 54776 and Phil's number is 31432 - so whether you are watching on TV, coverage begins at 8.30am on BBC1, or whether you are going into London somewhere along the route, you can keep your eyes open for them.

It's not too late to sponsor either of them. Links to their Justgiving donation pages can be found below, or they will be delighted to relieve you of your money at any of our remaining fixtures.

Simon's JustGiving Page

Phil's JustGiving Page

Posted at 23:46

Thursday 19 April - Presentations after Saturday's game

As is now the custom, we will be making the end of season presentations in the clubhouse at Vale Farm after Saturday's game against Tooting.

All supporters are welcome to attend, and hot food (fish & chips) will be available for a small charge. There is no need to book in advance, just stick around after the game, and the presentations will be made as soon as the players have changed.

Don't forget that voting for the player of the season closes at half-time on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 13:22

Thursday 19 April - Photos from the cup final

Andy Nunn, who regularly takes photos at non league matches, was present at last night's cup final and has already uploaded his photos to the internet.

This will enable those of you who were able to be there to relive the game and the celebrations, and give those of you who weren't able to get to Imber Court a chance to see images from the game.

The photos can be found via the link below.

Andy Nunn's Photos

Posted at 09:54

Thursday 19 April - Gary reaches 400 game milestone

Gary McCann was able to celebrate his 400th game as Hendon manager in style last night following the London Senior Cup final win over Kingstonian.

It is the second cup final the club have won since he took over as manager in February 2005, and is a just reward for all the effort and hard work and he and his backroom staff have put in, not only this season, but in past seasons as well.

Posted at 09:09

Wednesday 18 April - Hendon win London Senior Cup

Hendon won the London Senior Cup final this evening, seeing off Kingstonian with a 2-0 victory.

In what was the Greens fifth final in the competition in seven years, they regained the trophy they last won in 2009.

Following a fairly even first half, Hendon took control of the game, and took the lead with an excellent strike from Darren Currie in the 56th minute.

The win was secured about fifteen minutes later when Jack Mazzone cooly lobbed the Kingstonian keeper and as has been the case so often this season, the Greens were able to see out the game comfortably.

As always, a full report on the game will be online in the next couple of days.

Posted at 22:25

Wednesday 18 April - It's cup final night tonight

In what is almost becoming an annual event, it is London Senior Cup final night tonight for Hendon, as we face Kingstonian at Imber Court.

With Kingstonian looking for immediate revenge for their defeat at Vale Farm on Saturday, and with the Greens keen to regain the trophy that they won in 2009, having lost in last year's final to Wingate & Finchley, it promises to be a very good game.

We would like to remind supporters that the game kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 7.30pm, and admission prices are £10 for adults and £2 for concessions. The price includes a matchday programme.

We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to get to Imber Court, but we do understand that public transport, particularly going home, makes things difficult for those who are unable to drive to the game.

For those of you unable to get to the game, for whatever reason, our usual live updates will appear on the messageboard and the twitter feed.

Posted at 10:23

Tuesday 17 April - Race for the play offs update

Hendon dropped a place in the race for the play-offs this evening as Wealdstone thrashed Tooting & Mitcham United 6-0 at Imperial Fields.

This means that the Stones move into 6th place courtesy of their superior goal difference, just a point behind Lewes, and still with a game in hand.

Whilst Wealdstone are undoubtedly favourites to pinch the final play-off spot, as we all know things can change very quickly, and all Gary McCann and the squad can do on Saturday is ensure that they pick up 3 points against Tooting and hope that the other play-off contenders drop points.

The other games involving play-off contenders this weekend are Bury Town v Cray Wanderers, Concord Rangers v Lewes, Horsham v Canvey Island and Metropolitan Police v Wealdstone.

Posted at 21:52

Tuesday 17 April - Play off dates announced

The Ryman League have announced the format and dates for the play-offs, and whilst we don't wish to tempt fate, you may want to put these dates in your diary.

The semi-finals will take place on Wednesday 2nd May, kick off at 7.45pm. The team that finishes 2nd will be at home to the team that finishes 5th, and the team that finishes 3rd will be at home to the team that finishes 4th. It will be a one off game, with extra-time and penalties if required.

The final will be played on Monday 7th May, kick off at 3.00pm, and will be held at the home of the team that finished highest out of those involved in the final.

Posted at 13:59

Monday 16 April - Under 15s snap back at Kodak

The under 15s picked up 3 points this afternoon as they beat Kodak 4-2, with Kailume Backer leading the way with two goals. Emery Asher had earlier scored the first, whilst Jamie Crump completed the scoring late on.

Posted at 00:30

Sunday 15 April - Admission prices for cup final

Admission prices for Wednesday's London Senior Cup final against Kingstonian have been announced.

The prices include a matchday programme, and will cost £10 for adults, and £2 for concessions.

The game, which is taking place at Imber Court, the home of Metropolitan Police, kicks off at 7.30pm.

Posted at 13:45

Sunday 15 April - Cheque presented to Rays of Sunshine

At half-time yesterday, Simon Lawrence presented our nominated charity, Rays of Sunshine, with a cheque for £2,000, courtesy of the FA Community Shield Fund.

As mentioned a few days ago, the funds were raised from the Community Shield played at Wembley in August, and all clubs who reached the First Round proper of the FA Cup in the 2010-11 season were able to nominate up to three charities to receive funds.

We are delighted that Rays of Sunshine are one of the recipients of the funds as they continue the fantastic work fulfilling wishes of local children who are ill or disabled.

A photo of Simon presenting the cheque can be found via the link below.

Cheque Presentation

Posted at 11:02

Saturday 14 April - Greens keep play-off hopes alive

Hendon kept their play-off hopes alive this afternoon as they beat Kingstonian 2-1 in the first part of the double header against the K's. The South London side will now be looking for revenge in the London Senior Cup final on Wednesday evening.

With Lewes winning 1-0 at Cray Wanderers, the results today leave the Greens in 6th place, just one point of 5th place, although Cray and Wealdstone still have games in hand, the Stones being 2-1 winners over AFC Hornchurch. The other contender for the play-offs are Canvey Island, who beat Leatherhead 3-1.

It was Kingstonian who took the lead when Saheed Sankoh scored in the 7th minute, but the Greens hit back immediately as Carl McCluskey found the back of the net to score his 10th goal of the campaign.

Hendon were on top for much of the first half, but the second period was much more even, and it took some excellent play from Jerome Federico and Isaiah Rankin to set up Jack Mazzone to score the winner.

Posted at 17:08

Friday 13 April - Minutes applause for Steve Cheesewright

Before the game on Saturday afternoon, we will be having a minutes applause to celebrate the life of Steve Cheesewright, who sadly lost his battle with cancer in November last year aged just 30. The applause will take place before the game kicks off.

Steve was a regular attender at Hendon games for many years, attending with his Grandad, Don, home and away. Steve's last game was the FA Cup tie at Luton earlier this season. Even if you didn't know him by name, regular supporters would certainly recognise him by sight.

We are delighted that Steve's partner, Shanna Walker, and many of his family and friends will be our guests on Saturday afternoon as part of their commemerations of Steve's life, and we hope that you will make them all feel welcome and part of the Hendon family.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 12 April - It's Kingstonian in the final

Our opponents in the London Senior Cup Final will be Kingstonian, who beat Cray Wanderers 5-2 this evening, meaning that we face the K's twice in five days.

The final will be played on Wednesday evening (18th April) at Metropolitan Police's Imber Court ground, and will kick off at 7.30pm - please note the slightly earlier than normal midweek kick off time.

We will confirm admission & programme prices in the next couple of days.

Posted at 21:41

Thursday 12 April - Hendon bring a Ray of Sunshine

On Saturday 14 April, at half-time during our match against Kingstonian in the Ryman League Premier Division, the Greens will be making a presentation to the club's chosen charity Rays of Sunshine. The cheque for £2,000 has come from the FA Community Shield Fund, and after we reached the first round proper of the FA Cup in 2010-11, the club was invited to apply for the funding.

The funds are raised from the FA Community Shield, which was played at Wembley Stadium in August, and are available for distribution to community based initiatives. They were generated from the general admission ticket income net of match expenses and all profits from the sale of the match programme. The 2011 FA Community Shield (when Manchester United met Manchester City) contribution to the fund amounted to 32% of the total match day income.

City and United were allocated an equal section of the fund to donate to community initiatives of their choice, while another part of the fund was allocated to the 124 clubs that participated from the First Round Proper of the FA Cup last season. All clubs were able to nominate up to three local charities or community-based initiatives to receive its share of the fund. The remainder of the fund will be donated to The FA's Charity Partners. They have been selected for their outstanding work with football through the season and their details will be shown in the match programme.

As many supporters are aware, our chosen charity is Rays of Sunshine, a charity whose offices are based in Wembley, near to the FA's headquarters. Although they fulfil wishes for children nationally, they concentrate on the Wembley area. All of their Medical Advisors are Consultants based at the nearby Northwick Park Hospital so they realise many wishes from children in the Hendon, Wembley, Harrow, and Pinner areas.

Our supporters, who did their annual charity walk to Wingate & Finchley on Easter Monday, will also donate half the proceeds to Rays of Sunshine and the other half to the Supporters Trust.

Posted at 12:19

Wednesday 11 April - 10 walkers complete wet walk

10 intrepid walkers completed the 9 miles from Vale Farm to Wingate & Finchley on Monday in inclement weather, completing the distance in between three and three and a half hours.

The Trust board would like to put on record their thanks to those who completed the walk and those who provided sponsorship. Please ensure that all sponsorship moneys are collected and given to Mike Harte or John Rogers before the end of the season.

Posted at 10:08

Tuesday 10 April - Vote for your player of the season

With the end of the season rapidly approaching, the time has come for supporters to vote for their player of the season.

To place your vote, please call into the club shop at one of the two remaining home games and you will be given a form on which to put the name of your chosen player. Voting will close at half-time at the final home game of the season on Saturday 21st April.

The trophy will be presented at some point after the game that day. Details of when and where the presentations will happen are yet to be confirmed.

Posted at 09:48

Tuesday 10 April - Auction of 2 framed Arsenal photos

The Supporters Association are inviting sealed bids for the 2 framed Arsenal photos currently on display in the club shop.

The first photo shows Tony Adams lifting the FA Cup, we believe in 1998. The second is a shot of a match in progress at Highbury from a birds eye view. There is no reserve on either photo, and the highest bid wins.

Individual bids are required for each photo sealed in an envelope and must be submitted by half-time on Saturday 21st April, the final home game of the season.

The winners will be announced after the game and will also be named on the website.

Bids can either be submitted in person to the clubshop on a matchday - remember they must be sealed in an envelope, or by post by sending them to Hendon FC Clubshop, c/o Wembley FC, Vale Farm, Watford Road, Sudbury, Middx, HA0 3HE.

Posted at 09:46

Monday 09 April - Play off hopes still alive

Hendon's play off hopes are still alive as they demolished Wingate & Finchley 5-0 at Summers Lane this afternoon.

The Greens took the lead in the 7th minute through Isaiah Rankin, before Casey Maclaren doubled the lead in the 20th minute - his first goal of the season. Dave Diedhiou then scored twice around the half hour mark to give Hendon a 4-0 lead at half-time. Unusally, all four goals came from corners or crosses by Scott Cousins. Wingate's task was made much tougher as late in the half David Laird was dismissed for a nasty challenge on Ryan Wharton.

The second half was a much quieter affair with Carl McCluskey scoring the only goal of the period two minutes from time.

With both Cray and Lewes also winning this afternoon, the Greens remain in 7th place, but just one point behind 5th placed Cray. All three clubs, along with 8th placed Canvey Island will be hoping that Harrow can beat Wealdstone on Wednesday evening.

Posted at 17:13

Monday 09 April - Rikki Banks loan extended

We are pleased to announce that the loan of Rikki Banks from Eastbourne Borough has been extended through to the end of the season. He will be available for the play-offs should we reach them. We thank Eastbourne for their co-operation in allowing Rikki to remain with us for a second month.

Posted at 10:48

Saturday 07 April - Depleted Hendon comfortably beaten

A Hendon side missing no less than 11 players through injury or suspension were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Margate this afternoon at Vale Farm.

However, with Lewes only drawing at Aveley, and Cray Wanderers losing at home to Harrow Borough, the Greens are still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs, but they will need to ensure three points are secured at Wingate & Finchley on Monday afternoon.

The Kent side took an early lead in the 7th minute through Tom Murphy, but Hendon had a chance to equalise midway through the half when Casey Maclaren was fouled in the box by Laurence Ball. However, Simon Overland was able to save Elliott Godfrey's spot kick.

The Greens' injury problems were exacerbated on the half hour as Michael Peacock was forced off, and he was replaced by James Parker.

Margate's second goal came in the 70th minute when Murphy scored again, and the final nail in the coffin came in stoppage time when Tom Bradbrook found the back of the net.

Monday's game takes on even more importance now, so we do ask that if you are able to get to Summers Lane that you do so and get behind the team. We are all in this together.

Posted at 17:02

Friday 06 April - Very important Easter weekend looms

Hendon have another important weekend coming up, with two more crucial league games over the Easter weekend.

Firstly, tomorrow afternoon, we entertain Margate at Vale Farm. The Kent side had looked like making a tilt for the play-offs a couple of months ago, but the departure of leading scorer Kwesi Appiah has seen them pick up just 8 points from their last eleven games, their two wins coming against Harrow Borough, and most recently last Saturday against Horsham.

In the reverse fixture back in September at Hartsdown Park, the Greens ran out 2-0 winners with a penalty from Jamie Busby and a rare Kevin Maclaren goal.

Then on Monday afternoon, we make the short trip to Wingate & Finchley. This will be our first league game at Summers Lane since December 1962 when we lost 5-0 to Finchley in an Athenian League fixture, although we have played a number of cup ties there in recent years. The reverse fixture on Boxing Day was a 1-1 draw with Greg Ngoyi on target for the Greens.

Gary McCann and the squad will go into the games knowing that they cannot afford to drop points to ensure our play off hopes are kept alive. Your support is crucial to the squad, so we hope to see as many of you as possible at both games getting behind the team and hopefully cheering them on to six points.

Posted at 09:56

Tuesday 03 April - Greens reach London cup final

Hendon reached the final of the London Senior Cup for the fifth time in seven years as they won 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon. It is the second year in a row that the Greens have beaten the Wombles in the semi-finals of the competition.

The result is also the first time the Greens have beaten Football League opposition since the FA Cup win at Leyton Orient on 25th November 1997. Last year the Wombles were still a non-league club.

Both sides made a number of changes from Saturday, with Tico Gavi-Mihedji and Jack Mazzone making their first starts for the Greens.

The Greens took the lead in the 8th minute when Jerome Federico scored following a free kick - his first goal for the club, but then for much of the rest of the opening period, the Wombles were well on top but unable to find the back of the net.

Hendon scored early in the second half, this time Mazzone opening his account for the club with a fine strike in the 50th minute, and the Greens were in control from here on. Brendan Kiernan made things interesting with an 89th minute goal for Wimbledon, but Hendon were able to hold on to secure progression to the final.

The final is due to be played on Wednesday 18th April at Metropolitan Police. Our opponents will be either Kingstonian or Cray Wanderers who play their semi-final on Thursday 12th April at Kingsmeadow.

Posted at 22:00

Monday 02 April - Under 15s well beaten in trophy

The under 15s final hopes of silverware disappeared yesterday afternoon as they were comprehensively beaten 11-0 by Isledon Wolves in the League Trophy.

Posted at 08:53

Sunday 01 April - Five minutes costs Greens

Five minutes of this season look like haunting the Greens, following a 3-2 defeat at Lewes this afternoon. Hendon seemed well in control of the game early on, with Belal Aite-Oukarim giving them a 15th minute lead which lasted till halftime, despite the first half opening out.

However, within seconds of the second half starting Lewes were level, an unmarked header from a set piece catching Banks unawares. Barely two minutes later, the Rooks were ahead, again from a set piece, before a third goal on 50 minutes made things look comfortable.

The game settled back into it's previous pattern following the third Lewes goal, neither side offering too much threat, with the Greens only able to gain a consolation in stoppage time, Scott Cousins riffling home a goal that would grace any stage.

The defeat leaves Hendon back outside the playoff zone, and desperate for a win in their next game to try and stay in touch with the Cray Wanderers. While a playoff place looks unlikely, it isn't out of the question yet.

Posted at 00:32

Sunday 01 April - Late updates

We apologise for the late update this evening, and possibly for the next few days. Unfortunately, our regular reporter has suffered a loss of Internet access that we expect to last for the next few days; potentially beyond our midweek fixture.

On this basis, unfortunately our updates to Greensnet may be slightly delayed due to prior commitments. However, we will do our best to keep you up to date with the latest from the club, and in any case will always attempt to keep our Twitter feed up to date.

Posted at 00:21