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Match Report

Wimborne Town
0
Hendon
2
Date:
Saturday 25 January 2020
Competition:
Southern League Premier Division South
Attendance:
314
Venue:
TBA

Match Report

Hendon extended their winning streak in the Southern League to four on Saturday, with a highly assured performance at Wimborne Town that was coupled with a 2-0 win.

There was one enforced change following the news that centre-half Tommy Smith will miss the rest of the campaign through injury. Solomon Sambou returned from injury and took his place in midfield allowing skipper Tommy Brewer to drop back alongside into centre-half alongside Eddie Oshodi.

Rihards Matrevics had already done well to make an awkward low claim from a right-wing cross when the Greens opened the scoring just as the clock ticked past the 60 second mark. Shaun Lucien jinked in off the left wing and curled an effort towards the far post. Unlike last week against Gosport, his radar was slightly awry but as the ball cannoned off the upright, Liam Brooks slotted the loose ball over the line before Cameron Plain was able to make the save. After a brief moment’s discussion between the officials, the goal was awarded and the Tangerines had the advantage.

Although there was little in the way of real goal-mouth incident in the next 44 minutes, the visiting side were well on top. Oshodi and Brewer kept the two Wimborne strikers in check whilst Kieron Forbes and Sambou had total control of the midfield. Every second ball fell to a tangerine shirt and it was only poor decision making in the final third that prevented Hendon from creating a plethora of chances.

Lucien had a shot that was straight at Plain and then sent a cross in that Kiangebeni was unable to keep his header down from. Simeon Olalerin, who was once again outstanding at full-back, got forward well and skipped past two or three challenges before his shot, which lacked power, was comfortably fielded by Plain. Lucien forced Plain to muddy his knees with another effort that lacked power whilst Wimborne’s first shot on target arrived in the 43rd minute when Luke Burbridge fired straight at Matrevics.

The lead was doubled on the stroke of half-time when Brooks seized upon a poor back-pass from Ashley Wells and found himself clear on goal. Rather than shoot, he cut the ball back to Joe White, who appeared to have been tightly marked and the chance looked to have gone. The young striker produced an outstanding first touch to take the ball away from his marker and his second was a devilish dink over the advancing plain and into the far bottom corner as the goalkeeper spread himself.

That goal took White to 10 goals for the club, a milestone achieved at better than a goal-per-game, coming in just 9 appearances. Only Gerry O’Rourke, in 1963, has achieved double figures in terms of goals at a quicker rate - his first 10 coming in just 7 appearances - and White has now matched legendary goal-getter of the 1920s, Freddie Evans, who also achieved the feat in 9 matches.

With the comfort of a 2-goal cushion, Hendon were able to weather the early Wimborne storm and continued to look dangerous on the break. Curtis Young fired well over in the opening moments before James Stokoe had a shot blocked behind by Tommy Brewer for a corner. Leading scorer Tony Lee was denied by a shovelling low stop by Matrevics as he directed a free header goal-ward before Stokoe fired wastefully over when clear on goal.

At the other end, Lucien had a trademark effort from outside the penalty area glance off the face of the crossbar after cutting inside -Plain may have had any shot on target just about covered at full stretch - and fine interchange between Lucien and White set up Sambou who shot wastefully off target from around the penalty spot.

Matrevics made the save of the game late on to deny Aiden Shepherd and keep a third clean sheet in four appearances in tact as the visitors saw out the closing stages with a relative degree of comfort to move 3 places up the table into 14th place.

Report by John Rogers

Hendon

1
Rihards Matrevics
2
Simeon Olarerin
3
Lucas Perry
4
Kieron Forbes
5
Tommy Brewer
6
Eddie Oshodi
7
Shaun Lucien
8
Solomon Sambou
9
Joe White
10
Percy Kiangebeni
11
Liam Brooks
12
Sam Corcoran
14
Joe Howe
15
Luca Allinson
16
Lee Allinson

Match Events

Joe White
Liam Brooks
James Stokoe replaced Fatah Makhloufi
46''
Aiden Shepherd replaced Tony Lee
72''
73''
Sam Corcoran replaced Percy Kiangebeni
Antonio Diaz replaced Curtis Young
79''
85''
Luca Allinson replaced Liam Brooks

Wimborne Town

1
Cameron Plain
2
Ashley Wells
3
Stefan Penny
4
Sam Davidson
5
Samuel Poole
6
Carl Pettefer
7
Jordan Murray
8
Fatah Makhloufi
9
Tony Lee
10
Luke Burbidge
11
Curtis Young
12
James Stokoe
14
Antonio Diaz
15
Connor Doe
16
Aiden Shepherd