Match Report

Staines Town
A Juett, L Lavender
C Calcutt 2, L Tingey, S Hippolyte-Patrick, M Harriott
Match details
Competition: Southern League Premier Division South
Date: Saturday 16 March 2019
Attendance: 149

Hendon may have enjoyed a thoroughly convincing victory over already-relegated Staines Town, but their performance in the final half hour incurred the wrath - on social media at least - of their fans. Leading 5-0 after 55 minutes, the Greens could, and probably should, have added significantly to their lead, but, instead, they allowed the Swans to make the result respectable.

There was no change to the Hendon starting 11, but on the bench was JJ Da Cruz, who had played for Harlow Town when the teams met in the FA Cup in September. He came in for the injured Romario Jonas, and made his debut as a half-time substitute.

Staines had been condemned to relegation before their victory over nearest rivals Frome Town a week earlier and they started with the confidence of a victory behind them. However, the confidence didn't mask their desperate defensive frailty, which was shown when Charlie Smith narrowly missed the target with a fourth-minute shot.

Six minutes later, Hendon took the lead in simple circumstances. From a corner curled into the penalty area Connor CALCUTT was allowed to leap unchallenged and guide a header into the net from around six yards out.

Three minutes later, Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick ran forward and smashed a shot past Lewis Dixon but the ball cannoned off the goalframe and went away to safety. The Greens were very comfortable with their lead and the strong wind blowing into their faces didn't inconvenience them unduly.

However, there were a couple of alarming moments in defence when misplaced passes gave the Swans some attacking hope. These came to nothing because both Alex Yearwood and Andy Juett mistimed their runs to be caught offside or the passes forward were overhit.

In the 25th minute, Luke TINGEY broke forward from his central defensive position and was not challenged. When he got to 25-30 yards out, he fired a low shot that arrowed just inside Dixon's right post.

With Lee Chappell and Jacob Gardiner-Smith able to link up with the wide-playing Smith and Ryan Hope, every Hendon attack carried danger and the Staines goal was leading something of a charmed life. The Greens, if anything, showed too much patience in attack, but with the game less than half an hour old, there was no need to rush things unnecessarily.

Two became three after 34 minutes when Hippolyte-Patrick cut in from the left side and was brought down. It was not a violent challenge, but the defender seemed to get nothing on the ball and more than enough on the striker's leg. HIPPOLYTE-PATRICK took responsibility for the spot-kick and, without fuss, smashed the ball into one corner as Dixon dived in the opposite direction.

Chances continued to come for Hendon, but there was also an escape at the other end. Bayley Brown stuck out a long leg to intercept a ball from Yearwood - being watched by a scout from a Championship club - which would have reached Juett in acres of space.

Just before half-time, Sergio Manesio, Matty Harriott, Gardiner-Smith and Hope were all involved in a raid down the right side. When the ball reached the middle of the penalty area, a Swans defender failed to clear the danger.

The ball arrived at the feet of CALCUTT with his back to goal. He controlled the ball under no pressure, turned and, still unchallenged, shot into the net for his eighth Hendon goal of the season.

In first half stoppage time, Andrew McCorkell was beaten by an angled drive from Yearwood but the ball flashed past the opposite post. It was warning to the Greens that they had to keep their defensive concentration, one that was not heeded in the second half.

Before the second half started, both teams made changes. Lewis Lavender replaced Liam Newton for Staines while Da Cruz took over from Manesio.

The Greens midfielder had received treatment after landing awkwardly from a hefty aerial challenge and, just before the break, appeared to be caught on the top of his foot by a late challenge. Da Cruz went straight to his natural centre-back position, releasing Brown to go forward into midfield.

In the first minute, Staines had two chances to score. McCorkell blocked the first attempt - his first save of any description - and the second was fired wastefully off target from a good position.

Hendon's fifth goal summed up Staines' defending and disregard for the ball. In trying to play the ball away from the edge of the penalty area, a defender rolled it back to Dixon, who controlled it and looked for a team-mate downfield.

Dixon was not paying attention because Harriott was chasing him and he allowed the Hendon midfielder to dispossess him. In trying to recover the situation, Dixon pulled back HARRIOTT, but only after the ball had been guided towards the unguarded net.

Smith then fired over the bar, as did Hippolyte-Patrick and Harriott, all from very good positions. There were plenty more chances, the best of which was a cross from Smith which Calcutt should have guided into the net with a simple header; instead, he launched himself at the ball and his spectacular header flew over the crossbar.

Both teams made their second changes, with Che Krabbendam coming on for Yearwood, while Bilal Sayoud replaced Smith. McCorkell made a couple of routine saves as Hendon went gung ho in their hunt for goals, disappointingly losing their concentration on the job and tactical discipline.

n the 65th minute, they were punished as JUETT found himself in acres of space and he beat McCorkell very comfortably. The rage in the Hendon dugout was growing.

Although Staines had two or three chances to get a second goal, Hendon had more than double that. Dixon atoned for his error earlier in the second half with a couple of excellent saves, but the Greens really should have added to their total. From free-kicks, both Chappell and Hope were denied by good interventions by Dixon.

After a run and off-target shot from Hippolyte-Patrick, with Calcutt - in acres of space - screaming for a pass, he was replaced by Lewis Toomey. Staines also made their last change, Jordan Harrison taking over from Joe McEvoy

With six minutes to go, the Hendon defence was beaten by a neat through ball over the top which fell to LAVENDER. The substitute kept his nerve and fired into the net.

Hendon's victory lifted them to 16th in the table, four points above Gosport Borough in the relegation zone, but only five points behind eighth-placed Farnborough. However, the fans' frustration at the late Swans goals can be explained by the Greens' goal difference; it is worse than all but two of the teams between the eighth and 20th places.

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

Staines Town

Home Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Lewis Dixon  
2 George Pilbeam  
3 Arjun Jung  
4 Harry Agonbar  
5 Ryan Handelaar  
6 Joe McEvoy  
7 Liam Newton  
8 Channing Campbell-Young  
9 Andy Juett  
10 Alex Yearwood  
11 Matthew Bremford  
14 Che Krabbendam for 10 , 57
15 Jack Torbett  
16 Jordan Harrison for 6 , 75
17 Mack Miskin  
18 Lewis Lavender for 7 , 45


Away Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Andrew McCorkell  
2 Jacob Gardiner-Smith  
3 Lee Chappell  
4 Sergio Manesio  
5 Luke Tingey  
6 Bayley Brown  
7 Ryan Hope  
8 Matty Harriott  
9 Connor Calcutt  
10 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick  
11 Charlie Smith  
12 Lewis Toomey for 10 , 81
13 Ogo Obi  
14 Jandir Jose Da Cruz for 4 , 45
15 Howard Hall  
17 Bilal Sayoud for 11 , 61