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Hendon completed their pre-season campaign with quickfire revenge for Potters Bar Town's defeat of the Greens' Under-21 side on Saturday afternoon. The game was the second part of a double-header played at Potters Bar's Parkfield, and the tone for a high scoring afternoon had been set as the Scholars' second string won the first game 4-2.
Manager Gary McCann made clear to his players that although he was looking for a good workout, the priority for the day was to get through the game unscathed, with the league season just a week away. Unfortunately, in a first half largely devoid of incident - the only shot on target came after 32 minutes, and was dealt with comfortably by Hendon 'keeper Berkley Laurencin - forward Glenn Garner came off worse from an challenge and had to be withdrawn after just 35 minutes.
Although the match had been virtually devoid of interest at either end in the first half, the second was an altogether more entertaining affair, with Dave Diedhiou opening the scoring within 90 seconds for Hendon. The Greens' continued to have the better of the game and it was little surprise when on 58 minutes Jamie Busby blasted a trademark drive home from just outside the penalty area after being granted too much time on the ball.
As both sides began to make changes, the Scholars began to threaten at the other end and soon got one back, substitute goalkeeper James Reading being unable to prevent the ball from squeezing beyond his grasp and Eddie Munnelly trying in vain to get back to clear the ball off the line.
However, the visitors seized the initiative late on after the introduction of a new front line of Belal Aite-Ouakrim, returning from injury, and Mariusz Serwin. On 86 minutes the Greens were awarded a free kick on the left wing, just inside their own half and quickly broke with excellent link play from Jamie Busby and JJ Bates feeding Serwin who had a relatively simple finish.
Then with just one minute of normal time remaining, Serwin was fed another through ball by Aite-Ouakrim. The forward was able to shrug off his marker and slot the ball home for what was ultimately a comfortable win.