Match Report

Wimborne Town
0-2
Hendon
L Brooks, J White
Match details
Competition: Southern League Premier Division South
Date: Saturday 25 January 2020
Attendance: 314

Hendon extended their winning streak in the Southern League to four on Saturday, with a highly assured performance at Wimborne Town that was coupled with a 2-0 win.

There was one enforced change following the news that centre-half Tommy Smith will miss the rest of the campaign through injury. Solomon Sambou returned from injury and took his place in midfield allowing skipper Tommy Brewer to drop back alongside into centre-half alongside Eddie Oshodi.

Rihards Matrevics had already done well to make an awkward low claim from a right-wing cross when the Greens opened the scoring just as the clock ticked past the 60 second mark. Shaun Lucien jinked in off the left wing and curled an effort towards the far post. Unlike last week against Gosport, his radar was slightly awry but as the ball cannoned off the upright, Liam Brooks slotted the loose ball over the line before Cameron Plain was able to make the save. After a brief moment’s discussion between the officials, the goal was awarded and the Tangerines had the advantage.

Although there was little in the way of real goal-mouth incident in the next 44 minutes, the visiting side were well on top. Oshodi and Brewer kept the two Wimborne strikers in check whilst Kieron Forbes and Sambou had total control of the midfield. Every second ball fell to a tangerine shirt and it was only poor decision making in the final third that prevented Hendon from creating a plethora of chances.

Lucien had a shot that was straight at Plain and then sent a cross in that Kiangebeni was unable to keep his header down from. Simeon Olalerin, who was once again outstanding at full-back, got forward well and skipped past two or three challenges before his shot, which lacked power, was comfortably fielded by Plain. Lucien forced Plain to muddy his knees with another effort that lacked power whilst Wimborne’s first shot on target arrived in the 43rd minute when Luke Burbridge fired straight at Matrevics.

The lead was doubled on the stroke of half-time when Brooks seized upon a poor back-pass from Ashley Wells and found himself clear on goal. Rather than shoot, he cut the ball back to Joe White, who appeared to have been tightly marked and the chance looked to have gone. The young striker produced an outstanding first touch to take the ball away from his marker and his second was a devilish dink over the advancing plain and into the far bottom corner as the goalkeeper spread himself.

That goal took White to 10 goals for the club, a milestone achieved at better than a goal-per-game, coming in just 9 appearances. Only Gerry O’Rourke, in 1963, has achieved double figures in terms of goals at a quicker rate - his first 10 coming in just 7 appearances - and White has now matched legendary goal-getter of the 1920s, Freddie Evans, who also achieved the feat in 9 matches.

With the comfort of a 2-goal cushion, Hendon were able to weather the early Wimborne storm and continued to look dangerous on the break. Curtis Young fired well over in the opening moments before James Stokoe had a shot blocked behind by Tommy Brewer for a corner. Leading scorer Tony Lee was denied by a shovelling low stop by Matrevics as he directed a free header goal-ward before Stokoe fired wastefully over when clear on goal.

At the other end, Lucien had a trademark effort from outside the penalty area glance off the face of the crossbar after cutting inside -Plain may have had any shot on target just about covered at full stretch - and fine interchange between Lucien and White set up Sambou who shot wastefully off target from around the penalty spot.

Matrevics made the save of the game late on to deny Aiden Shepherd and keep a third clean sheet in four appearances in tact as the visitors saw out the closing stages with a relative degree of comfort to move 3 places up the table into 14th place.

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

Match Highlights

Wimborne Town

Home Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Cameron Plain  
2 Ashley Wells  
3 Stefan Penny  
4 Sam Davidson  
5 Samuel Poole  
6 Carl Pettefer  
7 Jordan Murray  
8 Fatah Makhloufi  
9 Tony Lee  
10 Luke Burbidge  
11 Curtis Young  
12 James Stokoe for 8 , 46
14 Antonio Diaz for 11 , 79
15 Connor Doe  
16 Aiden Shepherd for 9 , 72

Hendon

Away Squad
Shirt Player Info
1 Rihards Matrevics  
2 Simeon Olarerin  
3 Lucas Perry  
4 Kieron Forbes  
5 Tommy Brewer  
6 Eddie Oshodi  
7 Shaun Lucien  
8 Solomon Sambou  
9 Joe White  
10 Percy Kiangebeni  
11 Liam Brooks  
12 Sam Corcoran for 10 , 73
14 Joe Howe  
15 Luca Allinson for 11 , 85
16 Lee Allinson