News - October 2015

Saturday 31 October - AFC Sudbury game is ON

We are aware that a message has appeared on twitter that suggests that tomorrow's game has been postponed - this is not the case and we can confirm that the game goes ahead as planned.

The message was sent out by the Livescores system as the league had set the fixture up for today in error - and in cancelling it and resetting it for tomorrow, the postponement message went out.

The game will kick off at 3pm at Earlsmead tomorrow afternoon, and for those unable to be there, live updates will appear through Livescores and on twitter as normal.

Posted at 16:58

Saturday 31 October - Farnborough game is postponed

Our home game against Farnborough on Tuesday evening has been postponed following their 1-1 draw at Bideford in the FA Trophy this afternoon which has resulted in a midweek replay. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 16:57

Thursday 29 October - Cole double earns U18s win

A double strike from Keagan Cole earnt the under 18s a 2-0 victory at Northwood this evening.

The goals came in the 13th minute and shortly before the end of the game, and the result ensures that the young Greens consolidate their place at the top of the table.

Posted at 22:01

Thursday 29 October - Reduced admission for London Senior Cup tie

We are pleased to announce that admission has been reduced for our London Senior Cup tie with Cray Valley Paper Mills on Tuesday 24th November.

Admission will be £5 for all adults and £1 for under 16s. The game will kick off at Silver Jubilee Park at 7.45pm

Posted at 17:06

Tuesday 27 October - Greens defeated at Enfield Town

The first team were beaten 2-0 at Enfield Town this evening with both goals coming towards the end of each half.

The scorer on both occasions was Corey Whitely, with the goals coming in the 45th and 89th minutes, and the Greens disappointment was compounded with the late sending off of Dave Diedhiou.

Posted at 21:46

Monday 26 October - Gary reflects on Merstham and 600 games

Gary McCann was realistic when asked for his thoughts on the defeat at Merstham on Saturday. He said, "I am very disappointed to lose the game. If it was judged on possession, passion and willingness, we would have deserved to win, but we made too many wrong decisions in and around the Merstham penalty area. Overall, I don’t think we deserved to lose.

"Their defending was creditable, but we have to look at ourselves and it was not good enough on our part. We didn't do enough in the final third to merit winning the game.

"It was a bit of difficult morning with two players dropping out with medical issues, this on top of our captain being suspended. As a result, we had to reshuffle our players and call in some who weren’t going to be with us.

"In the game, I thought they were more effective in the first half, but we did improve as it went on. And we were the better team in the second half, but we just couldn't find an opening.

"It is fine details that are costing us points we should be picking up. The players gave their all for me, but we switched off for a moment and they pounced on the loose ball.

"What is frustrating is that we made a similar mistake in the game at Earlsmead and we didn’t learn from it. There were lots of positives to come out of the game but the players have to take responsibility for these lapses in concentration which are proving so costly.

"I want to give special praise to Hassan Sulaiman and Mason Welch-Turner who weren't aware of their inclusion until mid-morning.”

Reflecting on reaching the 600 game milestone as manager Gary said, "I have really enjoyed my time. It is a club I have great fondness for and feel proud and honoured to have been part of it for almost 20 years now.

"Yes, there have been a few struggles, especially losing our home in 2008, but there have been many, many highs with two FA Cup runs to the first round and three final victories in the London Senior Cup and one in the League Cup.

"Last season was very special and, looking forward, hopefully we will be in a new home at the start of next season."

Posted at 19:36

Sunday 25 October - Under 18s hit top spot again

Having hit top spot in the Ryman Youth League on Wednesday, the under 18s are also now top of the Eastern Junior Alliance as well.

This morning they ran out 6-0 winners at Wormley Rovers, with three goals in each half. The scorers were Keagan Cole and Junior Okeke who scored two goals each, with Oliver Achille and Ryan Kukoyi also finding the back of the net.

A full report will appear on the U18s page in the next few days, and both of their league tables can be found there as well, together with their upcoming fixtures.

Posted at 21:21

Sunday 25 October - Mahrez Bettache injury blow

We are sorry to announce that Mahrez Bettache suffered a broken ankle in yesterday's game at Merstham.

Mahrez announced the news on twitter this afternoon, saying that he wasn't going to feel sorry for himself and was determined to be back stronger & fitter.

He is the only player in the squad to have appeared in all our games so far this season, and has impressed with his workrate, effort and energy.

All involved at the club wish Mahrez all the best for a speedy recovery as he works with Mark Findley on the road through rehab and the return to fitness.

Posted at 14:16

Saturday 24 October - 600 and counting for Gary McCann

This afternoon saw Gary McCann take his 600th competitive game as first team manager at the club - extending his record as the club's longest serving manager.

Since he took over the reigns in February 2005, he has taken charge of 461 league matches, 2 play-off matches, 41 FA Cup ties, 18 FA Trophy ties, 20 League Cup ties, 26 Middlesex Senior Cup ties, 31 London Senior Cup ties and 1 Isthmian Charity Shield match.

Added to his 196 first team appearances in goal, Gary has now been involved in 796 first team games since he joined the club as a player in March 1997.

Posted at 21:59

Saturday 24 October - Beaten by last minute goal

The first team slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Merstham this afternoon with the goal coming in stoppage time.

The scorer was Charlie Penny, who is on loan at Merstham from Dulwich Hamlet.

Posted at 21:42

Saturday 24 October - Two sign on dual-registration

Gary McCann added two further members to the squad this morning, both on dual-registrations.

Omar Vassell, who is equally at home in defence and up front, has signed from Northwood, whilst Mason Welch-Turner, who made his debut this afternoon, has signed from Egham Town.

Posted at 21:40

Friday 23 October - Dean Cracknell returns to the club

We are delighted to announce that Dean Cracknell has rejoined the club and will be available for tomorrow's game at Merstham.

Dean made 59 appearances, scoring 9 goals during his first spell with us, including a memorable strike at Aldershot Town in the FA Cup in 2012.

Since leaving us, Dean has been with St Neots Town, and we hope that he enjoys his second spell with us.

Posted at 12:46

Wednesday 21 October - Under 18s hit top spot

The Under 18s moved to the top of the Ryman Youth League West Division table this evening as they beat Wealdstone 6-1.

The performance in the first half was outstanding, and the half-time scoreline of 5-0 fully reflected the dominance of the young Greens. Kieran Warren, Nyv Bogaire (2), Ryan Kukoyi and Keagan Cole all found the back of the net - with plenty of other chances being created.

The second half was more even despite the Greens going further ahead through Oliver Achille. Wealdstone's goal came fifteen minutes from time when Liam Branagan converted a spot kick.

Posted at 22:46

Tuesday 20 October - Leon Smith appeal successful

We are pleased to announce that our appeal against the red card shown to Leon Smith at Hampton & Richmond Borough has been successful. This means that the suspension has been cancelled, and Leon is eligible to play against Merstham on Saturday afternoon.

We would like to thank Football Exclusives for providing the video of the incident, and Hampton keeper Seb Brown who made a statement to the FA in support of the appeal.

Posted at 15:33

Sunday 18 October - Gary's thoughts on yesterday's win

Gary McCann was delighted to return to winning ways yesterday and he admitted, "I am pleased with the result and, overall, with the performance. I think we are all pulling in the same direction."

He added, "It was an important win at this stage of the season. There was a stronger side mentally to our team.

"We said our season started with the draw against Kingstonian on Monday - after what had happened on the Saturday - and we followed it up against VCD.

"In the first half we were excellent and could have been four or five up at half-time. But we weren't as good in the first part of the second half.

"When they pulled it back to 2-1 we played our best of the half. We showed really good mental strength and could have gone on to win by more than 3-1.

"We have made a few adjustments to the squad but I think we are stronger overall but I am still looking to add one or two."

Posted at 15:18

Saturday 17 October - Greens pick up three points

The first team picked up an important win this afternoon as they beat bottom side VCD Athletic 3-1 at Earlsmead.

The Greens took the lead in the 3rd minute through Leon Smith, and then Sam Flegg doubled the lead shortly before half-time.

Kojo Awotwi pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 77th minute, but debutant Goldy Capela secured all three points when he scored three minutes later.

Posted at 22:57

Saturday 17 October - Capela joins in time for today

We are pleased to welcome Goldy Capela to the club, who joined in time for this afternoon's game against VCD Athletic.

He has joined us on a dual-registration from Dagenham & Redbridge and is a forward. He has also appeared for Erith & Belvedere where he's scored 5 goals in 8 appearances this season.

Posted at 22:55

Friday 16 October - Lee O'Leary departs for pastures new

We are disappointed to announce that Lee O'Leary has left the club and will be signing for Kingstonian.

Speaking to the website Gary McCann said: "I'm disappointed with the timing of the departure, but would like to thank Leo for his efforts during his time with us.

"As supporters will be aware, since he took over the captaincy his performances haven't been at the required level, and maybe this move is the best for all involved.

"I am pleased to announce that Mark Kirby will be taking over the team captaincy, with Kezie Ibe as vice-captain.

"The mood in the camp at training last night was very positive and we are fully focused on tomorrow's game against VCD Athletic."

During his time at the club Lee made 290 appearances, scoring 27 goals, and we wish him well for the future.

Posted at 17:38

Friday 16 October - Grays home game rearranged

Our home game against Grays Athletic will now be played on Monday 7th December, kick off 7:45pm at Earlsmead.

Posted at 17:30

Thursday 15 October - Hendon FC score for CAD Brent

Hendon Football Club raised over £1000 for CAD Brent in their Ryman League Charity Cup match against Maidstone.

A registered charity, CAD Brent is a strategic group made up of various charities, members and Brent Council officers, local residents, persons living with dementia and businesses who meet monthly to plan various activities.

The charity aims to create a dementia friendly borough so that all people living with memory loss, whether diagnosed or not, can continue to live active and independent lives through the support of the community where they live.

Director of Hendon FC Robert Morris said that he was delighted to have CAD Brent as the chosen charity partner for the club this season. "We are aiming to make Hendon FC the first dementia friendly sports club in Brent at our new home in Silver Jubilee Park, Kingsbury. As part of our outreach programme we are aiming to engage with as many local community groups as possible."

Charlotte Curran of CAD Brent said: "Cardiovascular disease is a high risk for developing vascular dementia and the good news is that this is largely preventable. We simply need to be more active, have a good balanced diet and stop or cut down on smoking and alcohol. However we also need to ensure those living with a diagnosis of dementia are encouraged and supported to engage in physical activity and sport and we are therefore delighted to have Hendon FC be the first sports service in Brent to work towards being dementia friendly. They have already trialled walking football and are very keen to have their resource accessible to all including those living with dementia and the families who care for them and who wish to be physically active. We send a huge thank you to all involved in agreeing for CAD Brent to be their chosen charity for fundraising and even more delighted to be working with Hendon FC on their ambition to be a dementia friendly and welcoming space"

Posted at 17:44

Thursday 15 October - September Snowball Draw

The September Snowball draw was made last night at the Supporters Trust Board meeting. The winner of the £301.50 first prize was ball 89, and the second prize of £150.75 was won by ball 203. Winners will be contacted by the trust in the next few days.

Posted at 17:44

Thursday 15 October - Two selected for Middlesex U18 squad

We are pleased to announce that Kareem Badaogu and Kieran Warren have both been selected for the Middlesex U18 squad. Kareem and Kieran are members of our U18 side, and are in the squad due to travel to Devon in the second round of the FA County Youth Cup in a fortnight's time, and we wish them a successful trip.

Posted at 17:43

Tuesday 13 October - Silver Jubilee Park : Progress Report

As most of you are aware planning consent was granted in July and since then we have been working with the Football Foundation regarding our Football Stadia Improvement Fund application.

We have been given a panel date of 4th November when our application will be considered. If successful an offer will be made towards the gates, turnstiles, covered seating, covered standing, spectator rails, walkway around ground, new changing rooms, outside toilets, disabled facilities and fencing amongst others.

Building control at Brent Council is currently being consulted to enable works to begin as soon possible after our FSIF decision date.

The FSIF will only allocate funds on a matched basis and the London Borough of Barnet recently deposited the s106 monies (received from Fairview Homes as part of the deal to redevelop Claremont Road) into our account so our finance is in place.

The proposed contractors have been kept informed of the timelines and at present believe that the deadline of 31st March 2016 can be achieved. We are also keeping the League informed of developments and are keen to work together with them to achieve our aim.

Whilst this is not a guarantee, we hope you will appreciate that everything possible is being done to ensure Hendon start next season at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:41

Tuesday 13 October - Gary upbeat after last night

An upbeat Hendon manager Gary McCann looked back at the draw with Kingstonian and said, "This was a very big point in the circumstances. I was delighted with the reaction of the players after Saturday. It was a performance that showed real character.

"It goes without saying that this was a dramatic improvement from the weekend. Maybe the most pleasing aspect was that when we conceded the equaliser so soon after going in front, we didn't collapse, because many teams would have fallen apart with such a setback.

"We said to the players in the dressing room before the game that they should express themselves on the pitch. We wanted to be as offensive minded as possible, but to be aware of the danger that they posed.

"I was very pleased with a number of the performances, but want to single out Dave Diedhiou, who did a great job for us tonight. Whatever position we ask him to play for us, he just sticks up his thumb and gets on with it.

"To be honest, our front men - and the creative ones just behind them - are not firing on all cylinders at the moment, but, for one reason or another, every one of them has missed time.

"I sincerely hope that last night was the first match of a new run for us. It will be massively important to continue that when we play VCD on Saturday."

Posted at 17:35

Tuesday 13 October - Two league fixture changes

We are able to confirm two Ryman League fixture changes made over the past couple of days.

Firstly, we will now be travelling to Merstham on Saturday 24th October to replace our postponed home game against Grays Athletic. A new date for the Grays game is yet to be sorted out.

The second rearrangement sees us travel to Farnborough on Monday 14th December.

Posted at 17:21

Monday 12 October - Greens pick up a deserved point

The first team made some amends for the defeat at Hampton on Saturday as they drew 1-1 against Kingstonian this evening.

In the third game in fifteen days against the Ks, chances were at a premium until the 74th minute when Russell Short opened his account with an excellent strike into the top corner. Just three minutes later Malachi Hudson equalised with a curling effort that was every bit as good as Short's.

Posted at 21:46

Monday 12 October - Century up for Leon Smith

Leon Smith made his 100th appearance this evening when he replaced Kezie Ibe during the second half against Kingstonian.

Leon joined the club in January 2014, and hit the record books last season when he equalled an 89 year old club record scoring in 8 consecutive games. He has scored 41 goals in his 100 appearances, and we are sure there are many more to come.

Posted at 21:44

Monday 12 October - Gary's thoughts on Hampton

A miserable Gary McCann admitted that Saturday's defeat at Hampton was "the most damaging defeat for two or three years".

He went on to say, " I thought we lacked the expected performance level, intensity and desire, and that has been unusual for us.

"I cannot remember many duels, one-on-one, that we won today. And you have to win these contests – or the majority of them – to win matches.

"Our defending was nowhere near good enough. It has been that way far too often this season.

"I am not going to comment on the red cards because I haven't seen the footage. The performance was much more of a concern.

"The confidence level of the players is not good at the moment, but this was easily the worst I have seen. All in all, this is the most difficult and challenging period I have gone though for four or five seasons."

Posted at 17:16

Monday 12 October - London Senior Cup date set

Our London Senior Cup second round tie at home to Cray Valley Paper Mills will be played at Silver Jubilee Park (not Earlsmead) on Tuesday 24th November, kicking off at 7:45pm.

This will be our first meeting against our opponents who currently lie in 15th place in the Southern Counties East League with 9 points from their 10 games.

Posted at 10:19

Sunday 11 October - Ben Frempah released

The club have announced this evening that Ben Frempah has left the club. Ben made just three appearances during his short spell with us and we wish him well for the future.

Posted at 23:19

Sunday 11 October - Game against Grays postponed

Our home league game against Grays Athletic on Saturday 24th October has been postponed due to their continued involvement in the FA Cup.

Grays won 2-1 at Hanwell Town yesterday afternoon to progress to the fourth qualifying round.

Posted at 15:18

Saturday 10 October - An afternoon to forget at Hampton

It was an afternoon to forget for the first team as they were well beaten 5-0 at Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Beavers took the lead in the 9th minute when Moussa Diarra emphatically headed home a corner. The Greens were reduced to ten men shortly before half-time when Mark Kirby, as the last defender, tripped Nicke Kabambaas he looked to latch onto a through ball.

Hampton put the game seemingly out of reach of the Greens within the first five minutes of the second half as Diarra and then Dean Sinclair both scored. The scoreline was made even more comfortable nine minutes from time when perennial nemesis Charlie Moone netted.

Leon Smith was then sent off in a controversial incident with three minutes to go, reducing the Greens to nine men, before Harry Taylor scored the fifth and final goal in stoppage time.

Posted at 17:03

Friday 09 October - Club Statement

Following an internal disciplinary hearing, the Board of Hendon Football Club has decided the following:

- That Kevin Maclaren's registration is to be cancelled, with the cancellation suspended for two years commencing on the 1 August 2016. If, during that two year period, Kevin commits an act that is deemed, either by a match official or by any club director, as violent conduct, his registration will be cancelled immediately. Subject to meeting a number of additional conditions, Kevin will be eligible to play for the club on 1 August 2016

- That Casey Maclaren's registration is to be cancelled, with the cancellation suspended for two years commencing on the 1 February 2016. If, during that two year period, Casey commits an act that is deemed, either by a match official or by any club director, as violent conduct, his registration will be cancelled immediately. Subject to meeting a number of additional conditions, Casey will be eligible to play for the club on 1 February 2016

Simon Lawrence, Chairman of Hendon Football Club, said: "As a club, we need to strike the right balance between protecting the club's reputation and helping players, staff and supporters to be rehabilitated where it is felt that rehabilitation is desirable, necessary and worthwhile.

"The club recognises the tremendous contribution that Kevin and Casey have made to the club's on-field progression and is grateful for the immense loyalty that they have shown the club throughout their Hendon careers.

"Notwithstanding the reputational damage that has been caused as a result of both players' involvement in the incident that occurred at the Wingate & Finchley match in December 2014, the club feels that their loyalty should be repaid and so the Board has reached these decisions, having taken all of these factors into account."

Gary McCann, Manager of Hendon Football Club, said: "I was, and remain, extremely disappointed by the outcome of the FA hearing. The severity of the punishment handed to them was very extreme. The long-time loyalty that both Casey and Kevin have shown the club truly needs to be repaid and I can honestly say that their presence in and around the club, and their influence and experience on the pitch, has been greatly missed. I'm sure that this has also been noticed by our followers and I sincerely hope that all Hendon supporters will get behind both players once they get back playing."

Kevin Maclaren said: "I would like to express my sincere regret for the incident that occurred after the Wingate and Finchley game last year and resulted in me receiving a year's ban from football.

"Although I still protest my innocence, the FA have found me guilty and have been very severe in their punishment. I apologise to the club, fans, players and staff for the effect that this has had. I hold the club and its management in the very highest regard and hate that we have put them in this situation.

"Throughout the FA charge and subsequent appeals the club, its board and Gary McCann have been very supportive and have repaid the loyalty that me and Casey have shown to them over the past few years. I would like to thank them for this and I will be working hard to ensure their decision proves to be the right one.

"I would also like to thank the majority of Hendon supporters for their continued support and look forward to pulling on a Hendon shirt again and making amends"

Casey Maclaren said: "I'm obviously very disappointed with the outcome of the FA hearing and the severity of the punishment. I would like to thank Simon and Graham for their help and support through out the FA hearing and subsequent appeal.

"I have always had the greatest of respect for Hendon Football Club, Gary and the management team. I'm sorry for the position they have been put in.

"I have always taken pride in playing for Hendon and always given my all. Ultimately I would love to pull on the green shirt again. However I am not the sort of person who will stay somewhere I am not wanted. It was important to sit down with Simon, Robert and Gary. They made it clear that they were willing to repay the loyalty my brother and I have shown them over the best part of the last decade. For this I am grateful.

"I like to think I could still have an important role to play towards the back end of the season. So I'm working hard in the gym to keep my fitness and make sure I'm in the best possible shape come February. When hopefully I'm helping my team mates in a promotion chase."

The club will not be issuing any further statement in relation these decisions. Supporters are welcome, as always, to discuss any aspect of the club with Simon Lawrence or with any other member of the Board.

Posted at 20:23

Thursday 08 October - U18s knocked out of County Cup

The under 18s were knocked out of the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup last night by Conquest Academy after extra time.

The final score was 4-3, with the scores having been level at 3-3 after 90 minutes.

A full report of the game will appear on the youth news page in a few days - and reports of their previous games can be read there.

Posted at 08:20

Wednesday 07 October - Non League Day at Hampton

Hampton & Richmond Borough are holding a Family Day on Saturday to coincide with Non League Day 2015, including reduced admission for all.

The event sees the Beavers lay on a host of attractions before and after the game including free training sessions for kids, a free prize draw, face painting and a chance for youngsters to have their photos taken with mascot Bertie the Beaver after enjoying a free portion of chips!

As well as offering discounted entry of £10 for two adults and three children to the Beveree Stadium for the game, the price of adult tickets has been reduced by 50 per cent to £5, on top of which students are also invited to bring a friend along for free.

Posted at 17:24

Wednesday 07 October - Important travel news for Saturday

Due to the Rugby World Cup match between Wales and Australia at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, we have some advice for those travelling to our game at Hampton.

Road users are advised that certain roads will be closed from 13:45, including the A316 Chertsey Road between London Road and Hospital Bridge Road and will remain closed up to at least three hours after the end of the match. Full details can be found at

Meanwhile, for those travelling by rail, tube and rail stations are expected to be busy between 13:45 and 16:15, and from 18:25 until 21:45, so you may wish to ensure you arrive at Hampton early. More details on alterations and likely disruption can be found at

Please allow more time than normal for your journey to ensure that you don't miss any of the action at the Beveree.

Posted at 17:20

Wednesday 07 October - Trip to Farnborough postponed

Our planned trip to Farnborough on Monday 19th October has been postponed. This is due to our opponents having to play a league cup tie that week instead. A new date for our game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 12:28

Tuesday 06 October - It's AFC Sudbury again

Our opponents in the FA Trophy will be AFC Sudbury, who knocked us out of the FA Cup a few weeks ago. They beat Barton Rovers 4-3 in a preliminary round replay this evening.

The tie will be played at Earlsmead on Sunday 1st November, kick off 3:00pm.

Posted at 22:05

Tuesday 06 October - League cup run ends on penalties

The first team's hold on the league cup came to an end tonight as they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out by Kingstonian following an entertaining 2-2 draw.

The Greens took the lead through Kezie Ibe in the 9th minute, only to see Jake Kempton equalise two minutes later. Ibe restored the lead on the stroke of half-time

Kingstonian equalised a second time in the 78th minute through Pelayo Pico Gomez which took the tie to penalties.

Only Dave Diedhiou found the back of the net for the Greens, with two others being saved and one going over the bar, whilst Dan Bennett, Pico Gomez and Harold Odamatey were on target for the Ks.

Posted at 21:54

Tuesday 06 October - Two players move on

The club have announced today that two players have moved on.

Ryan Wharton has left the club and is expected to join Chalfont St Peter having helped us out during the recent injuries for which we are very grateful. He has taken his career appearance tally to 96.

Meanwhile, Aryan Tajbakhsh has been released and is expected to join Cray Wanderers.

Posted at 12:32

Monday 05 October - Gary unhappy with Saturday's defeat

Gary McCann was not pleased with what he saw against Metropolitan Police and said. "It was very disappointing to lose this way.

"In the first half, and the first 10 minutes of the second half I think we were good enough to be at least a couple of goals in front. I don't think they had more than a couple of attempts at goal. We missed gilt-edged changes in the opening half. That again proved costly.

"When we went a goal behind it was as if a light was switched out. We made changes to get back into the game, but none of the substitutes really contributed.

"We are not where we need to be in terms of confidence, but we are not far away. At the moment, we need to be in front and if we aren't, the confidence drains away. When we go behind, our powers of recovery have to be better. Senior and key players need to be more responsive.

"There will be changes for the Kingstonian cup game, and this not because it is the League Cup, but with a view to the team on Saturday. We are really missing Aaron Morgan and it will be good to have him back on Saturday."

Posted at 18:24

Saturday 03 October - Greens beaten by Met Police

The first team's inconsistent form continued this afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Metropolitan Police at Earlsmead.

After an intriguing but ultimately goalless first half in which the Greens created three superb openings, the visitors took the lead through Taureen Roberts in the 66th minute, with Joe Turner securing the points fifteen minutes later.

Posted at 16:57

Thursday 01 October - Gary's thoughts on Kingstonian defeat

Hendon manager Gary McCann was desperately disappointed to return from Kingston with nothing to show for the team's effort and performance

He said, "Football can be a cruel, cruel game and this defeat was a real kick in the teeth. I said to the players after the matches that we had lost it because we were committed to trying to win it. It was one of those games where the defeat was undeserved.

"All in all, I think we were adequately in control for 60 minutes, and very good and the more likely to score in the last half hour.

"I thought we were the marginally the better team in the first half, although it was quite even, but we didn't create enough in the way of good chances. We made a tactical change at half-time and, for the first 10–15 minutes of the second half, Kingstonian were on top.

"But, after that we took control and created numerous chances. Their goalkeeper was in inspired form and the save he made from Leon Smith was exceptional. If you don't take your chances when you're on top you don't win football matches.

"Then we got caught out, being overcommitted to attack, and gave away a sloppy goal. I think Luke Tingey might have been tripped as he ran back to cover, but I want to see the replay, because I believe he would have been able to stop the move."

Posted at 19:24