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Match Report

Farnborough
3
Hendon
0
Date:
Saturday 28 August 2021
Competition:
Southern League Premier Division South
Attendance:
429
Venue:
Farnborough

Match Report

Hendon slipped to a third consecutive Southern League defeat on Saturday afternoon at Farnborough and once again completed the match a man-down after Christian Smith's dismissal just past the half-hour mark.

The first opportunity of the afternoon fell to the Greens as Hamza Semakula continued to buzz around with purpose. He broke the offside trap and cut the ball back for Shaun Lucien. The winger, pressed into service up-front, stretched for the ball and steered it narrowly wide of the far post. He would have been disappointed not to have hit the target.

Farnborough's side included Ricky Holmes, who was a regular in League 2 for Southend United and a midfield duo of Paul Hodges and Sam Deering, who were regulars in the National League and it was the class of the latter two that really prompted the home side. Fred Burbidge produced a fine double stop to deny Nic Ciardini and then Deering before Hodges cracked the crossbar with an effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Hendon's task was made much harder in the 32nd minute when Christian Smith was adjudged to have brought down Reggie Young as the winger broke through on goal. The referee had no hesitation in dismissing the makeshift Hendon centre-half.

Burbidge made another fine save at full stretch before the deadlock was finally broken. Hodges, who was by some distance the game's standout player, broke through two or three tackles before tucking the ball beyond Burbidge.

Shortly after the break Simeon Olalerin, who had signed forms the day before the game, looked to have cleaned out a Farnborough forward inside the penalty area, however strong and seemingly valid appeals for a spot kick were waved away. Lucien then wriggled himself some room at the other end but curled his effort narrowly wide of the far stick.

Wilson Carvalho then went down with a hip injury that saw him replaced by new signing from Clapton, Troy Tizard-Cleghorn, before Deering made it 2-0 with a fine finish inside the area that kissed the underside of the crossbar on its way into the top corner.

Although the 10-men of Hendon worked tirelessly - Tizard-Cleghorn forced a decent parry from Kingsley Latham in the Farnborough goal - Elijah Simpson provided the coup-de-grace late on as he tapped in from a couple of yards out to secure the three points for the unbeaten hosts.

Report by John Rogers

Hendon

1
Fred Burbidge
2
Simeon Olarerin
3
Lucas Perry
4
Lewis Hobbs
5
Christian Smith
6
Quba Gordon
7
Bayley Brown
8
Kieron Forbes
9
Shaun Lucien
10
Wilson Carvalho
11
Hamza Semakula
12
Kyen Nicholas
14
Troy Tizard-Cleghorn
15
Luca Allinson
16
Toby Byron
17
Jayden Clarke

Match Events

32''
Christian Smith
Paul Hodges
42''
Leo Hamblin replaced Ricky Holmes
46''
53''
Troy Tizard-Cleghorn replaced Wilson Carvalho
Thomas Leggatt replaced John Oyenuga
57''
Sam Deering
63''
64''
Jayden Clarke replaced Bayley Brown
Elijah Simpson replaced Reggie Young
75''
78''
Luca Allinson replaced Shaun Lucien
Elijah Simpson
86''

Farnborough

1
Kingsley Latham
2
Louie Paget
3
John Oyenuga
4
Courtney Fearn
5
Jordan Rose
6
Seth Owens
7
Paul Hodges
8
Sam Deering
9
Nic Ciardini
10
Ricky Holmes
11
Reggie Young
12
George Butler
14
Leo Hamblin
15
Thomas Leggatt
16
Kieran Khinda-John
18
Elijah Simpson