Hendon made their second appearance in the second round of the FA Cup in three years as they visited the 1953 cup winners Blackpool with a full squad to pick from except for Curtis Warmington who was suffering from a hamstring strain.
Hendon started the game with Jason McKoy attacking on the right and Bontcho Guentchev on the left. The first half was a closely fought affair, but Blackpool had the first chance after 9 minutes when Phil Clarkson blazed a shot over the bar when he had time to do much better. Hendon soaked up the pressure in the opening period, and began to gain more possession as the half continued.
Guentchev caused the Seasiders problems down the left, and Jason McKoy got in a couple of good crosses from the right. Dominic Gentle and Paul Whitmarsh caused the central defenders problems, and Whitmarsh came close late in the half after some good attacking play from Hendon's midfield. Hendon went in at half time much the happier team, as Blackpool realised they had a match on their hands.
Hendon came out in the second half and took the game to Blackpool, who appeared to be worried as they made a double substitution early in the half. Soon afterwards, Guentchev received a pass on the edge of the area and hit the ball first time. The ball beat the keeper, but hit the crossbar and bounced to safety.
McKoy sent a good cross from the right which Gentle just failed to turn into the net. Blackpool found it more and more difficult to get possession, and were stunned a few minutes later when Bontcho Guentchev received the ball on his chest with his back to goal, and launched an overhead kick which the keeper did extremely well to turn over the bar.
The tide then turned as Paul Towler was forced to head the ball back towards his own goal, and Gary McCann had to turn the ball over the bar for a corner. From the ensuing corner, the ball fell to Simon Clarke who could only pass the ball back to the corner taker, who returned the ball to the area and Phil Clarkson turned the ball home to put Blackpool ahead.
4 minutes later McKoy lost possession on the right, and John Durnin was put in to score. At 2-0 it looked as if it was all over, but the Hendon supporters stayed behind the team, and Matthew Marran made a couple of good runs when he came on as sub, and substitue Mavuto Sakala was unfortunate to have the ball taken off his foot by a defender as he was about shoot.
In a magnificent gesture at the end of the match, hundreds of Blackpool supporters stayed to give the Hendon players a standing ovation after they had thanked the fans for their support.