Hendon continued their pre-season build up with a good 3-3 result at Nationwide South club Carshalton Athletic. The only new face in the Greens line up was trialist Danny Murphy whilst there were a handful of players unavailable for various reasons.
The Greens had a dream start when within the first minute John Frendo was upended by the Carshalton keeper and Kieran Gallagher stepped up to convert the penalty clinically.
Gallagher had a chance to double the lead in the 12th minute when his fine lob went over the bar, but ten minutes later the scores were level when Des O'Connor fired home a shot from a right wing cross. Hendon had further chances to score before half time, the best chances falling to Ross Pickett and Rene Street seeing headers not quite find the target while Gallagher had a free kick fly just wide of the post.
It was the Robins who drew first blood in the second half when O'Connor scored his second goal of the afternoon to give them the lead, and for a while the home side took control of the game. However, the Greens had other ideas and in the 62nd minute Martin Vrhovski fired home a fierce shot from the edge of the area after some excellent build up play from Gallagher, Kevin Chakaodza and Frendo.
Carshalton regained the lead in the 87th minute when Laurent Hamici slammed home a shot that was so fierce that it bounced off the stantion in the goal and flew back out of the goal. Hendon were not to be denied as in injury time Ross Pickett curled home a fine shot just out of the reach of former Hendon youth team keeper William Viner.
It was a fine work out for the Greens against opposition from a higher level. There is still plenty of work to do before the start of the season, but the early signs are good.