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Match Report

Hendon
2
Harrow Borough
1
Date:
Saturday 19 November 2005
Competition:
Isthmian League Premier Division
Attendance:
210
Venue:
TBA

Match Report

Hendon won their third straight game and made it eight points from their last four Ryman League Premier Division games when they came from behind to beat Harrow Borough at Claremont Road on Saturday afternoon. Not only did the Greens climb two places up the table - and out of the bottom four - but they are now just two points off being halfway up the table.

With Danny Murphy suspended, Marvyn Watson came into the side, at right wing-back. Iain Duncan moved to the left, while Sean Thomas replaced Dave King in goal. Belal Aiteouakrim was fit enough for the bench after two months out injured.

The opening 20 minutes were dominated by Hendon without there being too much in the way of goalmouth incident. Then, out of the blue, Harrow scored. They won a corner on their left side, the ball wasn't dealt with and Romain Le Roux headed home.

Hendon tried to hit back immediately when Ricci Crace worked an opening. His shot however was blocked and, in the melee that followed, no green-shirted player could put the ball past Keita Karamoko.

Gradually, Harrow began to have the upper hand. Their dominance, like Hendon's in the opening quarter, didn't bring with it a barrage of chances and both team looked rather punchless in the areas that really mattered. Hendon's central defensive trio of Mark Cooper, James Parker and Marc Leach again looked quite assured, with Thomas solid behind them.

And in keeping with what had gone before, Hendon got their equaliser rather against the run of play. John Frendo made the first break, but his pass to Jeff Campbell was rather short. Campbell did manage, however, to toe-poke the ball out to the left flank where Duncan's run was unchallenged.

His low cross, however, should have been better dealt with by Daniel Nielsen, who managed only to divert the ball to Crace. The forward was in enough to space to be able to choose a shot, and he cleverly lifted the ball so that Keita Karamoko could only help it into the roof of the net.

The first incident of note in the second half came after 55 minutes and saw the assistant referee disallow a Harrow goal for handball when Hendon again failed to deal with a set piece and when the ball was knocked goalwards, it seemed like Harrow had regained the lead. However, in his haste to ensure no defender could stop the ball Le Roux used his forearm to guide it over the line.

It proved a costly error because Hendon got their winning goal midway through the half. Duncan was again the provider this time with a beautifully flighted free-kick from midway inside the Harrow half. The Borough defence stood still on the edge of the 18-yard box, hoping for an offside flag, leaving Karamoko exposed as Cooper and Frendo ran towards the ball.

Cooper - a former Harrow player - was clearly onside and he got to the ball well ahead of Karamoko. His backheader bounced into the unguarded goal much to his joy.

Five minutes later, Hendon should have made the game safe. Frendo did well to hold off a couple of defenders and he tried to make space inside the Harrow box. He somehow was able to get to the goalline, just outside the six-yard box, and looked to knock a ball into the middle of the goal area.

However, before he could do that a combination of Wayne Walters and Daniel Dyer tripped him up. Mr Child had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot and he then had to wave away the futile appeals of the two offending defenders. Ross Pickett took the spot-kick and although he gave it enough power, he didn't place it well enough to prevent Karamoko making a fine save.

A succession of delays punctuated the second half which certainly worked in Hendon's favour, although the serious looking injury to Marvyn Watson definitely didn't. Harrow sent on former Hendon player Brian Haule, and later Clinton Lamb, as they looked for an equaliser. The Greens meanwhile replaced Watson with Danny Julienne, Campbell with Andy Cook and, late on, Frendo with Jimmy Froud.

Haule should have salvaged a point for Borough in the last minute of normal time. A deep cross from the right saw Thomas punch feebly under extreme pressure from Elliot Onochie. Haule reached the ball before Marc Leach and had an almost open goal to aim at, but he somehow spooned the ball wide.

The eight minutes of stoppage time dragged for the Hendon fans and staff alike, but the final whistle, when it arrived, signalled a just-about deserved success for the Greens.

"I am very pleased with that today," said manager Gary McCann. "We worked very hard for the full 90 minutes and we got what we deserved."

Report by David Ballheimer

Hendon

1
Sean Thomas
2
Iain Duncan
3
Marvyn Watson
4
Mark Cooper
5
James Parker
6
Marc Leach
7
Dave Hunt
8
Jeff Campbell
9
Ricci Crace
10
John Frendo
11
Ross Pickett
12
Belal Aite-Ouakrim
14
Andy Cook
15
Danny Julienne
16
Dave King
17
Jimmy Froud

Match Events

Romain Le-Roux
20''
40''
Ricci Crace
60''
Danny Julienne replaced Marvyn Watson
Brian Haule replaced Romain Le-Roux
60''
68''
Mark Cooper
84''
Andy Cook replaced Jeff Campbell
Clinton Lamb replaced Danny Blanchett
88''
90''
Jimmy Froud replaced John Frendo

Harrow Borough

1
Keita Karamoko
2
Danny Dyer
3
Danny Blanchett
4
Wayne Walters
5
Daniel Nielsen
6
Clemente Lopez
7
James Bent
8
Steve Dogbe
9
Elliot Onochie
10
Victor Asombang
11
Romain Le-Roux
12
Brian Haule
14
Clinton Lamb
15
Daniel McGonigle
16
Kwasi Frempong
17
Craig Nicholson