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Jeffrey Over was a much-loved member of the Edgware Town family, a long-time supporter and committee member who passed away earlier this year. To mark his passing, the Wares and Silver Jubilee Park co-sharers Hendon played a match to celebrate his life and to contest the Jeffrey Over Memorial Trophy.
A crowd of around 120, including Jeffrey’s family and friends, watched Hendon dominate the game, as would be expected from a step 3 team taking on one from step 5. Even though more than half a dozen of the Greens’ expected squad were absent and a dozen different triallists lined up in the two halves, Edgware were punished for the slightest of errors.
It took 16 minutes for Hendon to make the breakthrough and it was a very simple downfield pass from skipper Tommy Brewer which released Liam BROOKS and he scored with ease after running through the heart of the Edgware defence.
Shaun Lucien has been a handful for defenders across the south of England and Edgware saw what he could do in the 28th and 36th minutes. His first effort crashed off the top of the crossbar with Davis Boateng watching in admiration. Eight minutes later the goalkeeper was nowhere near reaching a 20-yard drive from Lucien, this after he had dribbled passed three or four defenders.
Between the efforts, good interplay between Brooks and Jayden Clarke had resulted in the latter finishing neatly. Fred Burbidge was also called into action in the Hendon goal, but his positioning was perfect as he caught Mariusz Serwin’s drive from the edge of the penalty area. Serwin, a former Hendon forward who scored two goals in ten appearances 11 years ago, should have scored earlier when he was off-target with a free header in the 35th minute.
In the last few minutes before half-time, Hendon turned their superiority into more goals as Lucien converted a penalty and Hamza Semakula, who signed for the Greens a few days after the game, danced through three tacklers before finishing smartly.
Semakula, centre-back Quba Gordon and Clarke were the only three Hendon players to start the second half as Sam Corcoran got 45 minutes.
The new line-up didn’t have quite the same smoothness as the one in the first half, but they did extend the lead to 6–0 eight minutes into the second stanza when Clarke set up one of the triallists after the Wares defence played a careless pass and left themselves facing a 2-on-1 situation.
Hendon's trialist goalkeeper produced an excellent save when Edgware made a good break and found a way through the Hendon defence. The goal the Wares richly deserved came in the 69th minute following an excellent passage of play. Perry Price fed the ball to Theo Ofori, who evaded a challenge and set up Hadi Issa. He waited till the goalkeeper had committed himself and then delicately lifted the ball in the net.
Raki Hudson, the former Hendon midfielder who has been in charge of Edgware since last season, made his changes during the second half and his new set-up enjoyed some spells of pressure. Hendon's goalkeeper was kept busy and he made a good save from Ofori, while two other good openings were wasted with wayward shots.
The last word belonged to Hendon and Semakula. He finished clinically after Edgware had over-committed to attack and the Greens outnumbered the Wares defence.