News - September 2002

Monday 30 September - We're off to the seaside

The FA Cup draw sees Hendon travel to the south coast to face Hastings United, who are currently doing very well in the Dr Martens League Premier Division. Our last visit to Pilot Field saw the Greens draw 1-1 in the Fourth Qualifying Round in October 1996, and then go on and win the replay 2-0 courtesy of goals from John Richardson and Jermaine Darlington.

Posted at 12:00

Monday 30 September - Reserve and youth team update

The reserves returned to winning ways as they won 3-1 at Sutton United, former first team player Steve Baker being among the goalscorers. Meanwhile it was a mixed day for the youth teams, the Under 17's being the only winners, beating Omonia A 4-3. For full details please go to the relevant team pages.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 28 September - Hendon cruise through

Hendon opened their FA Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Tooting & Mitcham United. Hendon controlled much of the game, and took the lead in the 23rd minute when Paul Yates headed the ball home. Just three minutes later Rob Haworth opened his account for the club to double the lead. Tooting were reduced to ten men on the hour mark when Youness Nabil was sent off, and with two minutes to go Haworth scored his second of the afternoon to put the game well out of reach. The draw for the next round will be made on Monday morning.

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 24 September - Comfortable win at Harrow

Hendon had a comfortable night at Harrow Borough this evening coming away with a 3-1 win, the first away from home in the leage this season. Steve Forbes put the Greens in front in the 29th minute with a fiercely driven shot from the edge of the area, and Eugene Ofori doubled the lead early in the second half. It was no great surprise with the amount of control the Greens had when Ofori scrambled the ball home for the third in the 77th minute before Harrow hit back with an excellent strike from Clemente Lopez a minute later. Rob Haworth had another frustrating time in front of goal, but his time will surely come.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 23 September - Reserve and youth update

It was a mixed weekend for the youth and reserve teams. Mark Turner's reserve team went down to a 2-0 defeat to Brook House on Saturday, while on Sunday the under 17's lost 4-1 at Brook House. The under 13's lost their first ever game 5-0, while the bright spot was the under 15's who beat Parkfield 2-1. Full details can be found as usual on the relevant page

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 22 September - Another player released

Midfielder Steve Gallen, who was signed as cover earlier this season, has been released by the club and has signed for Division Two club Leighton Town

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 21 September - Haule does it again

Brian Haule was the hero for Hendon for the second weekend in a row as he scored a late equaliser against Maidenhead United. After a largely quiet first half, Hendon had much the better of the second half and were stunned in the 77th minute when Ryan Ashe headed home when left unmarked at the far post. Haule was brought on with five minutes to go and latched onto a ball popped over the defence by Martin Randall and fired the ball home from an acute angle to earn Hendon a deserved point. Rob Haworth was short of luck in front of goal, on another day he would have scored a hat-trick, while Maidenhead goalkeeper Richard Barnard was in fine form, pulling off a couple of quality saves. Once again Hendon were solid at the back apart from the goal and kept the Magpies front line pretty quiet.

Posted at 18:30

Thursday 19 September - Woodruffe released

Leon Woodruffe has been released by the club this week after being unable to secure a regular slot in the first team. Woodruffe joined midway through last season from Harrow Borough, and was a useful member of the squad, able to fill in a number of positions. As far as we know he has not yet found a new club, and we wish him all the best for the futur

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 18 September - It's Tooting in the cup

Hendon will play Tooting & Mitcham United in the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round. The match will be at Claremont Road on Saturday 28 September, kick-off 3.00 pm. Tooting went through on Tuesday night with a 3-0 away defeat of Cobham after drawing 0-0 at their new Imperial Fields stadium

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 17 September - Greens continue home run

Hendon made it four home wins out of four so far this season with a decent performance against one of the sides tipped this season. The first half, in all fairness, was a fairly dour affair, brightened up only by one decent chance at each end, Hook saving well and Randall's effort going half a yard wide of the post. However, the Greens came out fired up and after having most of the pressure in the half finally broke through in the 55th minute through Randall. Grays did try and hit back, but the Greens resolutely defended anything that was thrown at them to hold out for the win.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 16 September - Hendon scores with first touch

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."

Posted at 11:00

Monday 16 September - FA Cup draw

This morning saw the draw of the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup - the first round which will see the Greens' competing. Hendon have been drawn at home to the winners of a replay between Tooting & Mitcham United and Cobham.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 14 September - Hendon Haule it back

Hendon drew 1-1 at Hampton & Richmond Borough this afternoon, and although a draw was the right result, the Greens nearly left Hampton empty handed. Neither side completely managed to organise themselves going forwards and although both sides had one or two good chances it looked to be going towards a 0-0 draw. However, in the 81st minute, chaos in the Hendon penalty area let in Billy Mead to poke the ball past a furious David Hook. However, debutant Brian Haule, a late substitute, popped up in just the right place six minutes later, and delighfully placed the ball past former Dons 'keeper Andy Iga for a late (and deserved) equaliser

Posted at 18:30

Wednesday 11 September - Two re-arranged games

There are two new dates for supporter's diaries. The postponed game against Kingstonian has been arranged for Tuesday 15th of October, whilst the Christmas fixture against Hayes has been moved to Saturday 2nd November. This second change comes since neither club is playing in the FA Trophy on that day, and the new date relieves congestion at Christmas somewhat.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 10 September - Crace off in thriller

Tonight's game at Canvey Island ended 4-4 in a real thriller. The game opened brightly and the Greens took the lead in the 20th minute when Ricci Crace headed home a Kieran Gallagher free kick. Just two minutes later Paul Yates doubled the lead with his first goal of the season, only for Lee Protheroe to fire home an excellent free kick to pull a goal back eight minutes later. One minute afterwards it was all square when John Kennedy scrambled the ball home after a defensive mix up. Five minutes before half time Martin Randall put the Greens back in front after Ben Chenery lost possession in defence. There was still time for Protheroe to be sent off for kicking the ball at the assistant referee.

The second half saw Canvey come out all guns blazing, and it was no shock in the 65th minute when Jeff Minton scrambled the ball home from a corner, although it did look like it could have been a David Hook own goal. In the 81st minute Paul Yates scored an absolute screamer after an excellent build up involving Steve Forbes and Crace before two minutes later Steve Butler conceded a penalty, which was converted by Neil Gregory to square things up again. Ricci Crace was sent off in the dying minutes for a second bookable offence, but Hendon left with a point from an excellent game of football - for the neutral observer!

Posted at 23:00

Monday 09 September - Canvey's prices

Supporters are reminded that charges for tomorrows game at Canvey Island are higher than usual for the Ryman League. Adults can expect to pay £9.00 for entry to the ground, OAP's pay £7.00 and Children £5.00.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 07 September - Ford run over

Hendon convincingly beat Ford United 3-1 at Claremont Road this afternoon, although Ford did scare the Greens late on. A good first half for the Dons saw Crace net in the 9th minute following a good move, and Forbes double the lead in the 45th with a excellently taken goal. Hendon continued to make most of the running in the second half, and were turned down a penalty when Mr R. James disagreed with his assistant over a handball. Ford struck with a Mark Cooper own goal in the 86th minute to leave the Greens' fans on edge, but Crace struck again at the death to leave the result in no doubt.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 04 September - Purfleet continue run

Purfleet continued their run of excellent form against Hendon last night, with the Greens yet again failing to notch a goal at The Thurrock Hotel. Near the end of the first half, an already tough task was made somewhat more difficult when Dale Binns was sent off for retaliation and a well organised defence failed to hold out for the remainder of the game - Wayne Vaughn managing to breach the back four.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 03 September - No update tonight

We would like to apologise that there will be no update on the website after tonights game with Purfleet. This is due to neither webmaster having access to the Internet tonight. The website will be updated tomorrow morning when normal service will be resumed.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 03 September - Bubb released

Byron Bubb has left Hendon after failing to agree terms with Dave Anderson. Dave said last night that he didn't feel that he could justify paying the terms that Byron was asking for, so the midfielder has been allowed to leave to look for another club. There is currently no news of where Bubb is likely to play next

Posted at 09:45

Monday 02 September - Ironside on the mend

As readers of this week's programme will be aware, Hendon Reserves defender Ewan Ironside was on the mend at the weekend after being rushed to hospital the previous Sunday evening. Ironside had been injured in the defeat at Hayes on the Saturday, being knocked unconscious during the fist half. He was taken to hospital after he came to, but was discharged soon after. On Sunday evening, while with friends, he suffered a seizure and was rushed to the Whittington Hospital, where he underwent a brain scan. He was kept in hospital until Wednesday evening and is now recovering although he has no memory of the incident.

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