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Match Report

Wembley
0
Hendon
7
Date:
Saturday 24 July 2010
Competition:
Friendly
Attendance:
Unknown
Venue:
TBA

Match Report

Hendon played their now annual friendly with landlords Wembley at Vale Farm on Saturday and enjoyed a comfortable 7-0 victory.

After James Reading had made a good save in the 22nd minute, Hendon were duly roused and took the lead four minutes later. A through ball released Lubomir Guentchev whose deft lob went over the goalkeeper and dipped into the net.

After Glenn Garner had twice been the victim of questionable offside decisions, the burly striker started to enjoy himself. He made it 2-0 after 30 minutes, firing under the goalkeeper's body, having been too strong for a couple of Lions defenders.

And, in the dying seconds of the first half, Garner again broke free. This time he was too fast for the defence and decided to take the ball around the goalkeeper. He nonchalantly slipped the ball into the net, moments before a defender slid across in a vain to attempt to make a block.

As is now the case in most preseason friendlies, the second half line-ups were much changed and Hendon ended up by making 11 substitutions. Garner remained on the pitch and completed his hat-trick with a simple finish after 55 minutes following good work by Guentchev.

Garner's fourth goal of the afternoon - he could have had at least a couple more but was denied by a couple of good saves from the Wembley goalkeeper - came after an hour when he eschewed a pass to the better-placed Mariusz Serwin before shooting home.

That was the signal for Garner, who had suffered a dislocated finger when he fell awkwardly early in the second half - put back by physio Mark Findley, to be replaced by Fabion Simms.

The 20-year-old, who played for Kentish Town last season - and was recommended to Hendon by Town boss and former Greens player Rakatahr Hudson - made an immediate impression, so much so the club signed him on League forms after the match.

If Wembley had been competitive for long periods in the first half, they weren't at any stage in the second and, indeed, there were only a couple of occasions when Berkley Laurencin was called into any sort of action.

After an hour, Lee Scott made it 6-0, this time following good work from Fabian Simms. And the scoring was completed by another substitute, Richmond Agyeman, the goal being created by deft footwork and a simple pass from Simms with 15 minutes remaining.

The Greens could easily have added another three or four to their tally in the final few minutes, but the home goalkeeper made a number of good saves, while the finishing also left a little to be desired.

Report by David Ballheimer

Hendon

1
James Reading
2
Eddie Munnelly
3
Danny Dyer
5
Casey Maclaren
6
Kevin Maclaren
7
Lubomir Guentchev
8
Jamie Busby
10
Glenn Garner
11
Mariusz Serwin
12
Jon-Jo Bates
4
Matt O'Brien
14
Dave Diedhiou
15
James Burgess
16
Berkley Laurencin
17
Lee Scott
18
Richmond Agyeman
19
Dave Reading
20
Jake Manzi
21
Wayne Jackson
22
Fabion Simms
23
Connor Maclaren
24
Mandela Gbo

Match Events

28''
Lubomir Guentchev
33''
Glenn Garner
45''
Dave Diedhiou replaced Matt O'Brien
45''
Berkley Laurencin replaced James Reading
45''
James Burgess replaced Lubomir Guentchev
45''
Glenn Garner
54''
Glenn Garner
60''
Lee Scott replaced Glenn Garner
60''
Fabion Simms replaced Kevin Maclaren
60''
Dave Reading replaced Eddie Munnelly
60''
Glenn Garner
69''
Wayne Jackson replaced Jon-Jo Bates
69''
Richmond Agyeman replaced Mariusz Serwin
72''
Lee Scott
76''
Connor Maclaren replaced Jamie Busby
76''
Matt O'Brien replaced Casey Maclaren
76''
Richmond Agyeman
82''
Mandela Gbo replaced Danny Dyer

Wembley

Squad unknown