Match Report

Dorchester Town
0-3
Hendon
R German 2, S Hippolyte-Patrick
Match details
Competition: Southern League Premier Division South
Date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Attendance: 443

Hendon maintained their excellent start to life in the Southern League coming away from their latest lengthy away-day, this time to Dorchester, with 3 points which not only kept their unbeaten league record on the road but also moved them up to third place in the table - level on points with leaders Weymouth and Tiverton Town but with a worse goal difference.

There was one change from the eleven which had beaten Poole Town at Silver Jubilee Park a fortnight before with Matty Newman taking over from Laste Dombaxe in midfield, Dombaxe joined Taishan Griffith, Tyriq Hunte, Gianni Crichlow and Cole Brown, the latter making his return after a month out with a foot injury sustained in the Bank Holiday league match with Harrow Borough.

The first half provided little in the way of inspiration or quality from either side. Although both sides looked comfortable in possession and tried to pass the ball through the midfield, moves swiftly broke down as they entered the final third at either end of the pitch.

The first effort on goal came from a Cameron Murray free kick, some 22 yards out. Although his effort beat the wall, the Dorchester midfielder was unable to get enough dip on the ball to hit the target. Within a minute, Matty Newman had Hendon's first effort on goal - a curling effort from 25-yards that went wide of young goalkeeper Mike Edgar's left hand post.

The hosts shaded the first 45-minutes and were unfortunate not to have gone ahead on the quarter hour mark when the Magpies' right-back Kyle Egan struck an angled drive from inside the penalty which beat Danny Boness but rebounded off the inside of the far post and back into play from whence it was walloped unceremoniously clear by a Hendon boot.

On 31 minutes, Boness made his first and only save from a shot on target from a Murray shot, diving low to his right to smartly hold the effort and ensure that Luke Winsper, who was sniffing for a rebound, would be sorely disappointed. Moments later a superb ball from the left-flank was begging to be put into the net but Winsper and Tiago Sa were unable to make sufficient contact and Hendon survived.

The visitors received a blow five minutes before the break when influential centre-half Guri Demuria twisted awkwardly in making a clearance and stayed down upon landing. He was helped off the pitch and taken to hospital for precautionary tests on his knee. Laste Dombaxe came on to replace him and Luke Tingey slipped back into Demuria's centre-half spot alongside Romario Jonas.

On the stroke of half-time, Dorchester had a great chance to open the scoring. Boness was baulked by one of his own defenders in coming to claim a high ball into the box and was unable to smoothly gather it, the loose ball fell at the feet of a Dorchester attacker who hooked the ball goalwards but without getting much purchase on his effort. Lee Chappell came across and managed to get the ball clear before being fouled and relieving the pressure on the Hendon goal.

At the break, Hendon boss James Gray read his players the riot act after a fairly soporific first period and they came out a different outfit in the second period.

Ross Carmichael made two splendid goal-saving sprawling challenges in the first five minutes of the second period, firstly recovering excellently after Ricardo German had robbed him of the ball and making a superb challenge inside the penalty area as German was looking to shoot, then within a minute he was once again throwing his body on the line, this time to block a shot from Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick.

The opening goal came shortly afterwards, Hippolyte-Patrick was running at pace into the penalty area and went down under what looked like a soft challenge. The referee, who had earlier turned away much stronger looking shouts for a penalty, this time pointed to the spot. German stepped up and slotted the penalty underneath Edgar who went the right way, but was unable to keep Hendon's top scorer's effort out.

Within a minute of taking the lead, the visitors were a whisker away from extending it. A long Dombaxe ball forward saw German burst into life down the inside left channel. Beating his man for pace he squared the ball across the six yard box where a lunging Reece Mitchell was just unable to connect with the ball and turn it into the inviting net.

On the hour mark, Dorchester received another free-kick within shooting distance, this time about 28 yards from goal. Callum Rose stepped up to take it right footed, looking to blast a hole in the wall - luckily for Boness, the ball thundered off Lee Chappell who stood strong in the wall and the ball rebounded to safety. Chappell took a moment to regain his breath.

The lead was extended shortly afterwards. German picked the ball up 30 yards from goal after Stephane Ngamvoulou had done excellently to break intercept a clearance, ran at the heart of the Dorchester defence who were backing off and slipped the ball inside Neil Martin for Hippolyte-Patrick to gallop onto. The winger took a couple of touches to work himself space for a shot and coolly beat Edgar to become the first Hendon player, German aside, to reach more than one goal this season.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, strong appeals for a penalty were denied at the home end when Aaron Rodriques was fouled right on the edge of the 18-yard box. The official deemed that although the Dorchester winger ended up in a crumpled heap well inside the penalty area, contact had occurred a yard outside. Tom Blair stepped up to take the free kick and curled it a yard wide of Boness’ left hand post.

That Boness had so little to do aside from claiming a few crosses and cleaning up overhit passes into his penalty area owed much to the protection given to him by his back-four. Chappell and birthday boy Howard Hall kept their respective wingers in check whilst Jonas and Tingey were simply immaculate at the heart of the back four. Mention ought to be made of Matty Newman as well whose energy, tigerish intent and smart use of the ball gave the midfield a bit more cohesion than perhaps it's had at times this season.

German, for his part, was a little unfortunate not to have added to his tally. Edgar made a quite brilliant save at the striker's feet before Hippolyte-Patrick's goal and the young goalkeeper made another smart save pushing Cole Brown's low cross which was destined for German behind for a corner kick.

Hendon's in-form attacker wasn't to be denied though, and with the game entering its final 10 minutes, he took control of the ball inside the penalty area, rolled his defender, dummied another as he motioned to shoot and then coolly swept the ball into the far corner to take his tally for the season to 12 in just 10 matches, ten of the goals coming in the league.

There was still time for German to go close to sealing a second hat-trick of the season, but after working himself space for a shot, his left footed effort curled just wide of the far post.

The Greens were able to hold on comfortably for victory, which although fully deserved by way of their efficient second half performance, was perhaps a shade flattering in terms of the scoreline. All focus now turns to the delayed FA Cup tie with Lancing on Tuesday night at Silver Jubilee Park.

Report by John Rogers : Not to be reproduced without prior permission

Dorchester Town

Home Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Mike Edgar  
2 Kyle Egan  
3 Neil Martin  
4 Callum Rose  
5 Ross Carmichael  
6 Harry Kite  
7 Cameron Murray  
8 Billy Lowes  
9 Luke Winsper  
10 Tiago Sa  
11 Aaron Rodriquez  
12 Callum Thompson for 3 , 63
14 Alex Stafie for 10 , 75
15 Oliver Griggs  
16 Ben Morris  
17 Tom Blair for 7 , 63

Hendon

Away Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Danny Boness  
2 Howard Hall  
3 Lee Chappell  
4 Luke Tingey  
5 Guri Demuria  
6 Romario Jonas  
7 Stephane Ngamvoulou  
8 Matty Newman  
9 Ricardo German  
10 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick  
11 Reece Mitchell  
12 Taishan Griffith for 7 , 81
13 Laste Dombaxe for 5 , 40
14 Gianni Crichlow  
15 Cole Brown for 11 , 61
17 Tyriq Hunte