News - September 2003

Monday 29 September - FA Cup draw announced

The draw for the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup has been made this morning, and we have been drawn away to Grays Athletic. The game takes place on Saturday, 11th October, and will kick off at 3.00pm.

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Saturday 27 September - Butler heads Dons home

The Dons opened their FA Cup campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win over old rivals Enfield. The E's had the best of the first 10 minutes, but from there on Hendon gradually took control of the game, and the first goal came in the 35th minute when Andre Delisser made a good run into the box and crossed for Ricci Crace to score. The second goal came ten minutes into the second half when a long cross from Richard Evans was headed home by Iain Duncan. The goal was Iain's second for the club since he joined in August 2000. The third goal came four minutes later courtesy of a Steve Butler header, and it was Butler who scored the fourth when he took advantage of non-existent marking in the Enfield box to head home his fourth goal of the season. The draw for the next round will be made on Monday.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 27 September - Replica shirts now on sale

The new replica shirts are now available in the club shop. The price is £33 to supporters association members and £37 to non members. Please call into the shop next Saturday to buy your shirt.

Posted at 17:45

Saturday 27 September - Reserves lose in extra time

The reserves were unlucky to lose their league cup game against Hornchurch on Wednesday evening. Hornchurch scored the winning goal late on in extra time after the scores were level at 2-2 after ninety minutes. Both of Hendon's goals were scored by man of the match Dave Hunt who had an excellent game.

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Tuesday 23 September - Finishing lets down Hendon

t was another good performance from Hendon this evening as they drew 1-1 with Northwood at Claremont Road. The only blemish on the performance was the finishing in front of goal. Hendon took the lead in the 14th minute when a Northwood defender was ruled to have pulled on Steve Butler's shirt in the penalty area, and the referee pointed to the spot. Martin Randall stepped up to convert the spot kick. Just eight minutes later the scores were level when Dave Sargent converted another penalty after Iain Duncan had hauled down Chris Moore in the box. Hendon had the best of the play for the rest of the game, and the best of the chances, but either their finishing let them down, or they found Northwood keeper Rob Bullivant in fine form between the sticks. Bullivant made two excellent saves in the first half from deflected shots that most keepers wouldn't have got to.

Posted at 23:00

Saturday 20 September - Greens have easy win at Bedford

Hendon produced a possibly the best all around performance of the season so far with a comfortable 2-0 win at Bedford Town. The first goal came in the 10th minute when Martin Randall fired the ball across the goalkeeper into the far corner after a cross from Scott Cousins had eluded Ricci Crace, who had been elbowed in the head by Chris Jackson. Hendon played much the better football with some excellent passing moves, and in the 63rd minute the second goal came when a corner from Scott Cousins was cleared back to him. Cousins then sent the ball across the area to Andy Cook, who headed it back in the other direction to Steve Butler, who was tackled, went to ground but still managed to fire the ball into the net from an acute angle. Bedford then threw everything they had forward but were unable to create an awful lot, and Gary McCann, who returned for the absent Dave King, was able to deal with everything comfortably.

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Thursday 18 September - Haworth loan to be made permanent

Manager Dave Anderson announced last night that a deal has been agreed with Gravesend & Northfleet to make Rob Haworth's loan a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee. The move will be completed after Gravesend's game with Exeter City on Saturday afternoon. Speaking to us yesterday evening Dave said: "I would like to thank Robbie for all the hard work and effort he has put in for us. He has been a popular figure in the dressing room and will be missed. However, with his injury last season and the way things have panned out this season, the move seems to be the right thing to do. I hope to have signed a replacement for Rob within the next couple of weeks."

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 16 September - Swifts win dour game

Hendon lost 1-0 to Heybridge Swifts tonight, neither side providing much in the way of entertainment for the hardy 200 or so fans at Claremont Road. Heybridge had the better of the early exchanges, but failed to create much until Brayley pounced on a loose ball in the six yard box to put the Essex side ahead. Neither side created much more than that one chance - Heybridge hitting the crossbar and having one free kick saved by Dave King, while Darren Placid was only tested once in the second half at the other end.

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Monday 15 September - Reserves lose at Chesham

The reserves lost 5-2 at Chesham United tonight, and went a goal behind in the 22nd minute when Gary Sippetts fired the ball home. Just two minutes later Matt Skinner had doubled the lead before Andy Hutchinson reduced the arrears when he fired the ball through a crowded penalty area from a Gary Meakin free kick. However, Ben Smith restored the two goal advantage within 30 seconds, and just before half time Sippetts scored his second of the evening. Matt Skinner scored Chesham's fifth goal early in the second half, before Simon Huggett missed a penalty after Gary Meakin was fouled in the area. Hendon's second goal came in the 65th minute when Joel Beavis bundled the ball home after Mark Burgess had put the ball back into the six yard box. Hendon played much better in the final 20 minutes but it was too little too late.

Mention must be made of Andrew Vincent who made his reserve team debut tonight replacing Luke Thornton in goal at the age of 17. Andrew has been part of our youth set up for some time now, and is one of our regular supporters at first team games home and away.

Team : Luke Thornton (Andrew Vincent 57), Gary Meakin, Andy Hutchinson, Jaz Rose, Mark Burgess, Simon Huggett, Richard Evans (Mehmet Unal HT), Dave Hunt, Joel Beavis, Andy Cook (Steve Gray 65), Charles Antwi. Unused sub : Daniel Llewellyn

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Monday 15 September - FA Cup draw

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup has been made this morning, and we have been given a home tie against Enfield, meaning that we renew rivalries rather quicker than we may have done following their relegation last season. The game will be played on Saturday, 27th September 2003, kicking off at 3.00pm

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Saturday 13 September - Battling Dons go down at Hayes

Hendon put in a battling performance at Hayes, but it was their discipline that let them down as they lost 3-1. Three players were dismissed, all for violent conduct. Mark Burgess was sent off after 30 minutes, while Martin Randall and Jon-Barrie Bates were both shown the red card with ten minutes to go. Hayes had taken the lead in the 7th minute when a rare error from Iain Duncan let in Kevin Warner who finished well. Their second goal came four minutes into the second half courtesy of Mark Molesley before a well worked corner saw Eugene Ofori head the ball home in the 61st minute. Hayes regained their two goal advantage when Peter Holsgrove scored an excellent goal. Credit must be given to the players for working hard for the full 90 minutes in very difficult circumstances.

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Wednesday 10 September - Reserves draw again

Despite a very poor second half performance, the reserves picked up another point this evening as they drew 0-0 with Harrow Borough. The closest the Greens came to scoring was when Joel Bevis somehow failed to scramble the ball over the line when it was easier to score.

Team : Luke Thornton, Gary Meakin, Andy Hutchinson, Jaz Rose, Greg Joseph, Simon Huggett, Mehmet Unal (Patou Katsheynge), Dave Hunt (Stephen Gray), Joel Bevis, Gary Redmond, Sam Byfield.

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Tuesday 09 September - Randall penalty enough for Greens

A 55th minute penalty converted by Martin Randall was enough to give the Greens all three points at Ford United this evening. In a closely fought game, both sides had chances to open the scoring in the first half both keepers making a couple of good saves. The penalty came when Randall was scythed down in the area by a Ford defender and referee Gary Evetts and his assistant were very well placed to award the spot kick. It must be said that all three match officials had excellent games this evening. The workrate this evening was excellent once again and the team now move on to the Hayes game on Saturday full of confidence.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 08 September - Midweek preview

Tomorrow evening the first team travel to Ford United who won 2-1 at Braintree Town on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a double strike from Sammy Cooper. Ford have had a mixed start to the season, winning three and losing three of their seven games, and currently lie 5 places and 2 points behind the Greens. Kick off at Oakside is at 7.45pm.

Then on Wednesday evening the reserves entertain Harrow Borough at Claremont Road in a Capital League fixture. This game also kicks off at 7.45pm and the line up is likely to include those first team squad members that don't play on Tuesday evening.

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Monday 08 September - Scare for Turner, tragedy for Morris

It was not an easy week for Hendon's staff. Early on Wednesday morning, assistant manager Jon Turner was found to be suffering a seizure by his young daughter Evie. She alertly told her older brother Jack, who quickly rang for an ambulance to take Mr Turner to hospital. After a couple of days in hospital, and a battery of tests, Mr Turner was released although he admitted remembering nothing between setting his alarm on Tuesday night and waking up in hospital.

Later on Wednesday, reserve team manager John Morris, in his first few weeks at the club, learned that his mother-in-law had collapsed suddenly and died.

Manager Dave Anderson said, "It has been a difficult week. We pride ourselves as being a real club and when one of us has something like this, we all feel the pain."

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 06 September - Butler fires Dons to victory

The Dons repeated their 1-0 victory of last season over Canvey Island, this time Steve Butler scoring what turned out to be the only goal in the 47th minute after receiving a good pass from Steve Forbes before firing the ball past Ashley Harrison into the net. Canvey Island put the Hendon defence under a lot of pressure throughout the game but found Dave King in inspired form, making a number of point blank saves in the first half. Despite having plenty of possession in the second half, Canvey failed to create very much and Hendon came away with the three points their hard work deserved.

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Friday 05 September - Big test tomorrow

The first team have a big test tomorrow afternoon as they entertain Canvey Island at Claremont Road. Kick off is at 3.00pm. Canvey Island have started well this season, and on Tuesday night comfortably beat St Albans City 4-0 at Park Lane. They currently lie third in the table, three points behind leaders Carshalton Athletic and will surely be looking for revenge for the 1-0 defeat that the Greens inflicted on them last season.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 05 September - Good start continues for reserves

The reserves continued their good start to the season with a 1-1 draw at Farnborough Town. Farnborough took the lead in the first half, but Hendon fought back well and it was Ricardo Alves who found the net after good work from Sam Byfield.

Team : Luke Thornton, Gary Meakins, Andy Hutchinson, James Burgess, Greg Joseph, Simon Huggett, Mo Stevenson, Dave Hunt, Mark Burgess, Ricardo Alves, Sam Byfield. Subs : Gary Redmond, Patou Katsheynge, Charles Antwi, Mehmet Unal, Jazz Rose.

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Tuesday 02 September - Injury hit Greens lose

An injury hit Hendon side slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Sutton United this evening. Without the services of Dale Binns (ankle), Ricci Crace (hamstring), Martin Randall (personal reasons) and Rob Haworth (on loan at Gravesend), the Greens were forced to give a debut to striker René James-Barriteau. Also making his debut, albeit as a substitute was Andre Delisser. Sutton took the lead in the 8th minute when Danny Hodges bundled the ball home following a goalmouth scramble in which Dave King made three good saves. The Greens gradually came back into the game and were creating more chances, but were unable to convert any. The second goal came with literally the final kick of the game when Matt Gray capitalised on a collision between Mark Cooper and Jon-Barrie Bates to fire the ball home. It must be said that Hendon worked very hard, particularly in the second half and a 2-0 defeat can be considered as a harsh scoreline.

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