Match Report

Edgware Town
U Trialist 4, A Martin, R Howe, T Hunte 3
U Trialist
Match details
Competition: Friendly
Date: Thursday 12 July 2018
Attendance: 101

Hendon began the new James Gray era with a comprehensive demolition of SJP neighbours Edgware Town in Thursday's preseason friendly.

The Hendon 22 on duty contained only two players with links to the Greens, goalkeeper Montel Joseph, who was with the club during last season, and Howard Hall, who played under Gary McCann in 2012-13. Joseph was the only player to appear in both halves and the 10 starting outfielders were all replaced for the second half.

By the time the changes were made, Hendon were already 4-1 ahead. The opening goal came from the trialist wearing number 7, who struck a superb rising shot after 11 minutes which flew past the Wares trialist goalkeeper before he had a chance to move.

Three minutes later, a defensive lapse gifted Hendon a second goal, this time Adam Martin taking an early and accurate shot which gave the goalkeeper no chance.

Edgware were back in the game after 21 minutes, when Joseph dropped the ball and in trying to recover the situation, pulled down the Wares forward who had latched onto the ball. One of their trialists took the penalty and sent it straight down the middle, which was enough to beat the diving Joseph.

Rene Howe showed Hendon fans what football watchers in the Southern League over the past decade have known well: he is an excellent taker of chances. In the 39th minute, he lost his marker, rose majestically and directed a powerful header just inside the far post.

Two minutes later, the trialist wearing number 10 made it 4–1 with a neat finish, profiting once more from a defensive lapse.

The second squad took the field for the second half and it took less than four minutes for the powerfully-built Tyriq Hunte to get his name on the scoresheet.

After 64 minutes, the trialist wearing number 19 found himself with an almost open goal and he made no mistake. Five became six two minutes later when Hunte scored his second with an assured finish.

The rout was now on and the trialist wearing 19 got his second and Hendon’s eighth in the 72nd minute.

Hunte, Prince Mbengui, the trialist in 19 and Gilberto Abril all wasted chances to get goal number nine, until Hunte completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute. It proved to be the last goal of the night though there were a couple more chances for the Greens to reach double figures.

This was no more than a good opening workout, but there will be far most testing encounters for James Gray's squad as they build towards the opening day of the 2018–19 season in the brave new world of the Evo Stik League.

Report by David Ballheimer : Not to be reproduced without prior permission


The matchballs were sponsored by Chris Rogers


Home Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Montel Joseph  
2 Kai Davis  
3 Henry Arnold  
4 Sam Doolan  
5 Howard Hall  
6 Lee Chappell  
7 Unknown Trialist  
8 Dean Mason  
9 Rene Howe  
10 Unknown Trialist  
11 Adam Martin  
12 Taishan Griffith for 2 , 46
13 Connor Kingdom for 3 , 46
14 Romario Jonas for 4 , 46
15 Felix Lupo for 5 , 46
17 Prince Mbengui for 6 , 46
18 Matty Newman for 7 , 46
19 Unknown Trialist for 8 , 46
20 Tyriq Hunte for 9 , 46
21 Cole Brown for 10 , 46
22 Gilberto Abril for 11 , 46
23 Unknown Trialist for 21 , 74

Edgware Town

Away Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Unknown Trialist  
2 Ben Gray  
3 Rio Beech  
4 Paul Marks  
5 Mark Burgess  
6 Perry Aitchison  
7 Dan Pett  
8 Andrew Manitou  
9 Mikkel James  
10 Ethan Mooney  
11 Unknown Trialist  
12 Alfie Hills  
14 Dennis Marharajan  
15 Unknown Trialist  
16 Unknown Trialist  
17 Unknown Trialist