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Match Report

Gosport Borough
1
Hendon
0
Date:
Saturday 24 August 2019
Competition:
Southern League Premier Division South
Attendance:
372
Venue:
TBA

Match Report

Hendon's unbeaten start to the new Southern League season came to an end at Privett Park on Saturday afternoon where Gosport Borough’s 1-0 win left the Greens without a win in their opening four matches of the season.
Dan Williams returned from a goalscoring cameo with Chalfont St Peter to replace Scott McGleish on the bench in the first change to the matchday 16 of the season, the former football league striker took his place on the bench in a purely coaching capacity.

In conditions that were almost the literal polar opposite of those the last time the Greens travelled to Gosport in November last year where driving wind and high rains were the order of the day, both sides tested each-other out in the early stages without creating too much in the way of opportunities.

Kameron English had the best opportunities for the visitors, twice getting in behind the Borough back line but first having his effort kicked away but the home goalkeeper, Patrick O’Flaherty, and then hitting the side netting. Charlie Smith had a strike from distance manhandled wide of the post by the tall Borough goalkeeper and Luke Tingey headed a chance straight at O’Flaherty from a corner after easing his marker out of the way.

At the other end Chris Grace had less to do as Borough probed the Hendon back-four, expertly led once again by Tom Hamblin, but they lost some impetus after losing left wing-back Rory Williams after 20 minutes to injury. Indeed, it was Williams who had created the best opening for the hosts when his early cross was glanced just wide of the target by the home number 9 Matt Paterson.

The only goal of the game came 11 minutes after the break when the ball broke for George Barker inside the Hendon box. He twisted and turned before easing a left-footed strike beyond the grasp of Grace and into the net off the inside of the post. It was a goal from much closer in than the strike from inside his own half that he scored at SJP in February for his side, but a well taken goal nonetheless.

There was plenty of endeavour shown by the tangerine shirted visitors, Tahjae Anderson replaced Connor Calcutt and buzzed around busily whilst Williams made his debut for English to provide some fresh legs. In spite of plenty of neat approach play, there was precious little quality in the final third and in truth, Hendon never looked likely to equalise. Indeed, after the game the stats showed Hendon had 12 shots on target throughout the 90 minutes which suggests a degree of dominance and threat but the truth is that O'Flaherty only had the one save of note to make.

Strong penalty shouts were waved away late on when Matty Harriott appeared to have his ankles taken away from him just inside the penalty area but had Theo Lewis not shot wastefully over just before from a good position just inside the Hendon box, any consolation would have been rendered moot.

Report by John Rogers

Hendon

1
Chris Grace
2
Howard Hall
3
Charlie Smith
4
Sam Corcoran
5
Tom Hamblin
6
Luke Tingey
7
Ryan Hope
8
Matty Harriott
9
Connor Calcutt
10
Kameron English
11
Lee Chappell
12
Luca Valentine
13
Max Huxter
14
Arash Abdollahi
15
Tahjae Anderson
16
Dan Williams

Match Events

Alex Lafleur replaced Rory Williams
19''
George Barker
56''
61''
Tahjae Anderson replaced Connor Calcutt
62''
Dan Williams replaced Kameron English
Sam Argent replaced Matt Paterson
64''
Liam Robinson replaced Marley Ridge
72''
84''
Arash Abdollahi replaced Lee Chappell

Gosport Borough

1
Patrick O'Flaherty
2
Joseph Lea
4
Mike Carter
5
Ryan Woodford
6
Samuel Roberts
8
Theo Lewis
9
Matt Paterson
11
George Barker
15
Charlie Kennedy
17
Marley Ridge
19
Rory Williams
3
Alex Lafleur
7
Liam Robinson
10
Sam Argent
18
Joshua Huggins
20
Richard Whittingham