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Match Report

Boreham Wood
3
Hendon
1
Date:
Saturday 15 July 2006
Competition:
Friendly
Attendance:
Unknown
Venue:
Boreham Wood

Match Report

Hendon opened up their preseason campaign with a 3-1 defeat at Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon. However, what will have pleased manager Gary McCann most was that in the first half, when both teams had more of they hoped to be their first-choice elevens out, Hendon had distinctly the better of the exchanges.

The star for the Greens was Japanese midfielder/winger Takumi Ake, who made one first-team substitute appearance last season. The youngster who had trials at J-League club Vissel Kobe, was a constant thorn in the right side of the Wood defence.

And it was Ake who scored the opening goal, in the 11th minute. He was put through, brought the ball down with an expert first touch, took the ball past a defender with his second touch and then drove the ball beyond Noel Imber.

It took Wood three minutes to equalise, Marvin Samuel scoring from close range after Richard Wilmot - back for a second spell at Claremont Road having played for the club in 1999/2000 - had parried a powerful cross-cum-shot from Darryl Cox.

Leon Maloney then came very close to restoring Hendon's advantage. In the 18th minute, he spotted Imber off his line and tried an audacious lob. The goalkeeper just about got back to catch the ball short of the line and although he stepped into the goal, Imber made sure the ball didn't cross the goalline.

Jamie Busby, another holdover from last season, made a magnificent run that lacked only a finish to match the build-up and Imber made a sprawling save. Ake also put three other efforts on target, but none really troubled the experienced goalkeeper and, it must be said, there were better passing options available to Ake than taking shots.

In defence, Yiadom Yeboah, formerly with Hayes, was the pick of the bunch. By no means certain to put pen to paper for Hendon, his assured performance will have made the Greens' management team even keener to keep the Ghanaian if at all possible.

The second half was a big disappointment for Hendon. Both teams made a lot of changes, these continued throughout the period too, but Hendon's second-choice squad certainly struggled. A short back-pass after 52 minutes gave Wilmot little chance to clear the danger. Although he reached the ball first, Cox was able to block the clearance which bounced into the unguarded net.

A couple of long-range efforts from James Burgess were all that Hendon had to offer, apart the most amazing throw-ins from gangly striker Lamelle Williams. He easily overthrew Hendon's deepest forward with one throw and a Boreham Wood defender on the penalty spot was at full stretch to clear the danger.

The stifling heat also ensured the pace of the game dropped significantly after the break, but Wood added a third late on when Danny Hart was released down the Boreham Wood right and he had only Wilmot to beat before wrapping up victory.

"I was very pleased with the first half performance," said Mr McCann. "We are going to have to work very hard to compete this season, but we showed what we could do in the first half."

Report by David Ballheimer

Hendon

1
Richard Wilmot
2
Kevin Mason
3
Craig Vargas
4
Yiadom Yeboah
5
Wayne O'Sullivan
6
Dwane Williams
7
Jamie Busby
8
Lee O'Leary
9
Leon Maloney
10
Dean Thomas
2
Alex Gibson
3
Conor Carroll
5
George Mapes
11
Takumi Ake
12
Adilson Lopes
14
James Burgess
15
Francois Gabbidon
16
Ricky Pattenden
17
Phillipe Souza
18
Lamelle Williams

Match Events

11''
Takumi Ake
Marvin Samuel
14''
23''
Lamelle Williams replaced Leon Maloney
46''
Phillipe Souza replaced Lee O'Leary
46''
George Mapes replaced Takumi Ake
46''
Adilson Lopes replaced Alex Gibson
46''
Ricky Pattenden replaced Jamie Busby
46''
James Burgess replaced Dwane Williams
Paul Burrows replaced Chris Watters
46''
Leigh Harrington replaced Mark Smith
46''
Joe O'Brien replaced Marvin Samuel
46''
Greg Morgan replaced Andre Delisser
46''
Denis Paratusic replaced Bradley Hewitt
46''
Luke Gregson replaced Tommy Williams
46''
50''
Francois Gabbidon replaced Wayne O'Sullivan
Darryl Cox
52''
74''
Alex Gibson replaced Dean Thomas
Danny Hart replaced Michael Black
75''
Jamie Hazell replaced Chris Bangura
75''
Marvin Samuel replaced Darryl Cox
81''
83''
Takumi Ake replaced Lamelle Williams
Danny Hart
83''
84''
Conor Carroll replaced Conor Carroll
Callum Horton replaced Noel Imber
87''

Boreham Wood

1
Noel Imber
2
Bradley Hewitt
3
Ryan Moran
4
Tommy Williams
5
Mark Smith
6
Michael Black
7
Andre Delisser
8
Marvin Samuel
9
Chris Bangura
10
Darryl Cox
11
Chris Watters
12
Paul Burrows
13
Callum Horton
14
Luke Gregson
15
Greg Morgan
16
Leigh Harrington
17
Joe O'Brien
19
Danny Hart
20
Denis Paratusic
21
Jamie Hazell