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Saturday 25 February - Greens rue lack of final third quality

The first team were left rueing a lack of quality in the final third at both ends of the pitch after going down to a 4-1 defeat at Billericay Town.

Whilst the scoreline doesn't reflect the fact that the Greens had plenty of possession and played some very good football, it does reflect the fact that Billericay took their chances when they came along, and were defensively more secure than Hendon.

Before Rob Swaine gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute, the Greens had had a couple of very good chances, but found keeper Alan Julian in fine form as he made some excellent saves. Billy Bricknell then scored twice to put Billericay in control of the game by the half hour mark, before Arthur Lee had a goal disallowed for a foul on Julian.

Billericay extended their lead further in the 66th minute through Adam Cunnington, before Marcel Barrington slammed a rebound home after Julian had made another good save from a Reis Stanislaus shot.

As the game continued to its end, it was the Greens who had more possession but they were unable to turn it into goals, and ultimately that is what counts, not just good effort and workrate.

The result means that a really good run of victories is now needed to give any chance of surviving relegation, starting next weekend with a tough test against Leiston.

Posted at 19:37

Thursday 23 February - Graham Etchell to retire at end of season

Club secretary Graham Etchell has announced that he will be retiring from his post this summer, after more than 25 years at the club. Graham has worked tirelessly in his role, ensuring all the administration at the club has been kept in order and making sure that everyone and everything is in the right place at the right time.

His knowledge, guidance and experience has been crucial, particularly in recent years following our departure from Claremont Road, our nomadic years and our move into Silver Jubilee Park to ensure that we were able to keep the club alive and continue playing football. Not only has Graham looked after the administration at the club, he has also ensured we have the right kit at the games, edited the programme, looked after the youth teams and much much more.

Clearly his departure will leave a huge hole at the club, but the Trust Board and the Football Club Board are already looking at how we replace him.

The club will be considering all options before deciding exactly how to proceed. It is possible that the club will look to the supporters for assistance in relation to some of Graham's existing duties and look to recruit a part-time replacement in a paid capacity for his other duties

If you are or might be interested in helping the club in a voluntary capacity or in the part-time paid role or you know someone who might be interested, please send an email expressing that interest to admin@hendonfc.net and we will be in touch as soon as we have made a decision on the way forward.

Graham has promised to ensure that there is a handover period so that anyone who assumes any of his responsibilities will have the benefit of his experience and knowledge.

While this post focuses' on Graham and the contribution that he has made, we mustn't forget Lyn, his wife, who has helped behind the scnes at the club and supported Graham in so many ways and for so many years.

Posted at 19:14

Thursday 23 February - Admission arrangements for Billericay home game

The club have been in discussion with the Ryman League and Billericay Town regarding admission arrangements for the rearranged game following the abandonment due to fog.

The agreed admission arrangements are as follows.

All those who have retained their ticket from the first game will gain free admission, on condition that the ticket has the serial number showing so that it can be reconciled against tickets issued on the night. Tickets without serial numbers - or with serial numbers not issued on the night will not be accepted.

Season ticket holders will be admitted on production of Special Match Voucher 01 which can be found towards the back of your season ticket book.

All other supporters will be charged normal admission prices - £10 adults, £5 OAP's & Students and £1 for Under 18s.

Posted at 11:20

Wednesday 22 February - Josh to run in London Marathon

Josh McLeod-Urquhart, who joined us on loan last week, is running in the 2017 London Marathon for Diabetes UK and is on the lookout for sponsors.

If you would like to sponsor Josh, you can go to his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Josh-Urquhart.

Posted at 22:46

Tuesday 21 February - No silverware for Greens this season

There'll be no silverware for the first team this season after they were beaten on penalties by Wealdstone a breezy SJP this evening following a 0-0 draw.

Chances were limited for both sides, with the best for the Greens coming in the first half from Sam Murphy, but his effort flew over the bar, whilst the Stones rarely tested Tom Lovelock, although they had 2 or 3 good chances as the game drew to a close.

With the scoreline goalless after 90 minutes, the game moved to penalties and Wealdstone were the more clinical, winning the shootout 3-1.

Posted at 23:10

Sunday 19 February - Travel Advice - Billericay & AFC Sudbury

It has been brought to our attention that there are no trains running out of Liverpool Street for our trip to Billericay on Saturday, and also on 25th March when we travel to AFC Sudbury. This is connected with the ongoing Crossrail upgrade works, which includes major works at Shenfield.

This coming Saturday the official travel advice from the train operators is to use the Central Line to Newbury Park, and then use the rail replacement bus service which will be available from there to Billericay station.

However, an alternative that has been highlighted on our messageboard is to use C2C services to Basildon (from West Ham or Fenchurch Street), and then use the number 100 bus to Billericay - alighting at the Sun Street stop which is the nearest to the ground. The 100 runs every 15 minutes and the timetable can be found on the link below.

Service 100 timetable

For the AFC Sudbury game, there is no easy alternative that we are aware of, other than to travel to Newbury Park on the Central Line, then the rail replacement bus to Ingatestone to then pick up train services to Marks Tey and changing there to go to Sudbury.

Finally, advance warning that the Metropolitan Line will only be running between Wembley Park and Aldgate on Monday 17th April when we are due to play at Harrow Borough. However, the Piccadilly Line and the hourly service from Marylebone to Northolt Park will be running.

Our away games at Leatherhead and Folkestone Invicta are not due to be disrupted by engineering works for those travelling by train.

Posted at 12:50

Saturday 18 February - Entertaining game, disappointing result

The first team played out a thoroughly entertaining, but ultimately disappointing, game at Havant & Waterlooville this afternoon, the home side winning 3-2.

It was the Greens who drew first blood when Matt Ball opened the scoring with a stunning free kick from 25 yards that flew into the top corner with home keeper Ryan Young left statuesque. However, that only served to spur the Hawks to respond with three goals in ten minutes.

Firstly Bradley Tarbuck equalised two minutes after Ball had scored, and then Rory Williams put the home side ahead with a free kick that was every bit as good as Ball's. Alfie Rutherford made it 3-1 in the 27th minute and it looked like the home side were going to run away with it. But the Greens refused to give up and were rewarded on the stroke of half time when Keagan Cole rose to head home a fine cross from Sam Murphy.

The Greens took the game to their hosts, and as a result Young was the busier of the two keepers. He was forced into two top class saves, the first a flying save to keep out a fierce drive from Reis Stanislaus, and then one low down near his post to keep out a shot from Cole. However, the Greens task was made tougher with 15 minutes to go when James Harper was sent off for a second bookable offence. However, both defences held firm and it was the home side who were the happy ones on the final whistle.

With a number of the sides immediately above the Greens in the table winning this afternoon, the task to stay up is still a tough one, but the performance today show that the squad aren't ready to give up.

Posted at 20:14

Saturday 18 February - Two more join, one departs

Gary McCann added two further defensive players to the squad ahead of this afternoon's game at Havant & Waterlooville.

Joining on a months loan from Maidenhead United is James Hammond, whilst Daniel Rumens joins on a dual-registration from Braintree Town.

27 year old Hammond began his career at Colchester United and then had spells at Potters Bar Town and Leyton before spending four years at Wealdstone. Before joining the Magpies this summer, he spent a season at Concord Rangers.

Rumens, who is 21 years old, has also played for Dagenham & Redbridge, Thurrock, Histon and Bishop's Stortford.

Meanwhile, leaving the club is Quba Gordon, who has returned to his home club Boreham Wood.

Posted at 20:06

Friday 17 February - Defender signs on a months loan

We have signed Josh McLeod-Urquhart on a months loan from Wealdstone, and he goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's game at Havant & Waterlooville.

The 24 year old defender signed for Wealdstone from Harlow Town in June 2015 and has also appeared for St Albans City and Northampton Town.

Posted at 13:37

Tuesday 14 February - Gary's thoughts on Lowestoft

Gary McCann reflected on Saturday's draw with Lowestoft as he said, "If we had spoken at five past five on Saturday, I would raged about our frustrating performance and inability to win the game.

"But, having had time to think about it, I have to give great credit to Lowestoft for the way that they defended, especially in the second half.

"When a team has a player sent off, or in this case a goalkeeper replaced with an outfield player, you want every player to give you an extra bit of effort for the team. This makes it that bit more difficult. Lowestoft changed their shape and were happy to soak up pressure without giving us too many shooting opportunities.

"That said, I think we should have done much better in terms of quality and decision making. We didn't work their stand-in goalkeeper anything like enough.

"We could have won the match, but we could equally have lost it as Lowestoft had three good chances in the second half, in the second minute, midway through, when they hit the post and right at the end. But we had our own chances, and possibly the best of the game in the last two minutes.

"Losing Casey was a massive blow for us. He will be out for some time and that is bad news for him and us, too.

"This was a game I really felt we had to win, especially as we have four very difficult games coming up. One thing the League has shown this season is that if you get it right on the day, you can beat any opponent, irrespective of where the teams are in the table."

Posted at 20:39

Sunday 12 February - Goalless afternoon at SJP

The first team played out a goalless draw against Lowestoft Town at a chilly Silver Jubilee Park yesterday afternoon. Chances were limited in number, and the Greens were made to make an early change when Casey Maclaren suffered a suspected cracked rib, and Lowestoft played the last 50 minutes without a specialist keeper after Jamie Waite suffered a shoulder injury.

However, the Greens remain in 21st place in the table after Leatherhead's 3 point deduction was confirmed during the week by the Ryman League.

Posted at 15:43

Tuesday 07 February - Greens come back twice to draw

The first team showed real determination and desire this evening as they came back twice to earn a 2-2 draw against league leaders Bognor Regis Town.

The Rocks took the lead as early as the 2nd minute through Chad Field, but within 10 minutes Marcel Barrington had equalised with his first goal for the club.

The visitors regained the lead on the hour mark through Elijah Abebayo, but the Greens refused to give up and were rewarded five minutes from time when Keagan Cole found the back of the net.

Posted at 23:14

Monday 06 February - Gary looks to build on Grays win

Gary McCann was delighted to pick up three vital Ryman League Premier Division points against basement-dwelling Grays Athletic. He said, "This was a really good win and a very important one.

"But the big challenge, and I stressed this in the dressing room after the game on Saturday, is that we have to back up this win with another one against Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday. It won't be easy, I know, but we have pick up some momentum.

"The scoreline on Saturday was tighter than the game suggests. I thought we played very well and could have won by more goals.

"What you saw at Grays was a Hendon team determined to win. We showed fantastic commitment and every player did their bit for the team.

"Things were certainly not easy for us with so many players - especially in defence - missing and three players had fitness tests before the game. It meant we had to shuffle things around with Sam Murphy going in at left back, and I thought did an admirable job.

"Up front I thought we offered a real threat. Kezie Ibe was more like the Kezie of two seasons ago and he linked up so well with Marcel Barrington and Reis Stanislaus. And our trio in midfield were excellent."

Posted at 17:35

Saturday 04 February - Important three points at Grays

The first team picked up a very important win at Grays Athletic this afternoon, coming away with a 2-1 victory.

The Greens took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Reis Stanislaus, before Matt Ball doubled the lead with 12 minutes to go. Despite a late consolation from Lartey Sarpong the Greens were able to hold on for all three points.

Posted at 23:30

Saturday 04 February - Errors on live updates

We are aware that there have been errors on the live updates system in recent games, particularly away from home. We'd like to remind supporters that no one at Hendon has any control over the updates at away games, the updates are in the hands of our hosts on the day - just as we are responsible for the updates at our home games.

There are ways and means of letting us know about errors, but sending anonymous abusive messages is not one of them. We'd like to thank Gary McCann for drawing our attention to the fact our first scorer was incorrect on the live updates system this afternoon, although we are sure that Kezie would love to claim the goal!

If you do spot any errors, whether it be to do with the live updates, or indeed the website itself, please either pop a note on the messageboard, send us a tweet, or email the web team on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 23:21

Saturday 04 February - Game at Grays is on today

Grays Athletic have been in touch this morning to say that the pitch at Aveley is ok and that no inspection is planned. With the weather set to remain dry today, the game is therefore expected to go ahead as planned.

Of course, if the situation should change, we will let you know as soon as possible through the usual channels.

Posted at 09:30

Friday 03 February - One in and two out

The club have confirmed today that one signing has been made, whilst two players have left the club.

Joining from Metropolitan Police is former Reading midfielder James Harper. Whilst at Reading he made 339 appearances, scoring 24 goals, including two seasons in the Premier League. He began his career at Arsenal, and has also played for Cardiff City, Sheffield United, Hull City, Wycombe Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers, Barnet, Basingstoke Town and Hayes & Yeading United.

Leaving the club are Merrick James-Lewis, who has returned to Thamesmead Town, and Karl Oliyide, who is joining Enfield Town.

Oliyide, who joined the club in the summer, scored 12 goals in 34 appearances this season, in addition to the one appearance he made a couple of years ago whilst dual registered from Northwood.

Speaking to the website regarding Oliyide's departure Gary McCann said "I'm disappointed with the timing and feel that Karl has shown a lack of commitment to myself, the squad and the club. However, with the position we find ourselves in, we need players who are fully committed to the cause.

"We thank Karl for his efforts this season and we wish him well for the future."

Posted at 13:11

Thursday 02 February - Gary looks back on Wingate defeat

Gary McCann (who today - 2 February - celebrates 12 years as boss of the Greens) was frustrated after the defeat at the hands of neighbours Wingate & Finchley at the weekend.

He said, "This was yet another game where the performance merited at least a point but we ended up with none. There have not been too many games where I thought our performances didn’t merit at least a draw, if not a win, and we have lost the game.

"I think we did really well to limit them to just a couple of chances and we created many more. We have to be more clinical in front of goal and turn these chances into goals.

"That said, I thought their back two were excellent, as were the goalkeeper behind him and Ahmet Rifat in front of them. Between them they made it very difficult for our strikers.

"The goal we conceded was very disappointing on so many levels and in so many phases, from the fumble, through the poor kick, the lack of awareness in the centre circle, then allowing the shot and the reaction to it. The strike was excellent, but better reactions would have helped the cause.

"After Tuesday, I really wanted to keep the same starting 11, but four players missed training, all for valid reasons. My policy and principle is that if you miss training on Thursday you make it very difficult for me to play you.

"That said, when Matt and Marcel came on, we looked more composed and also more dangerous. I firmly believe you have to have rules and I let the players know that in the dressing room.

"We played more long balls than I would have liked, especially in the first half, but I understand why we did it. However, the quality of those passes had to be much better.

"We have got to be more clever in everything we do on the pitch. At the moment we are making it too easy for our opponents and they are taking advantage of it."

Posted at 21:50

Thursday 02 February - Date fixed for Billericay rematch

Our home game against Billericay Town that was abandoned due to the fog last week will now be replayed on Tuesday 7th March, kick off 7:45pm.

Match entry details will be confirmed a bit nearer the time, so please continue to hold on to your original admission tickets. All tickets have a serial number, and we know which ones were issued on the night.

Posted at 09:58

Monday 30 January - Geo Craig joins on loan from Luton

Luton Town youth team striker Geo Craig has today joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.

The 18 year old as been a regular in the Hatters youth team and development squad this season, and academy boss Andy Awford thinks this ia great opportunity for Geo to test himself.

We are pleased to welcome Geo to the club, and hope that he enjoys his time with us over the next three months.

Posted at 15:01

Saturday 28 January - Greens beaten by wonder goal

A superb goal from Tanasheh Abrahams, from just inside his own half, earnt Wingate & Finchley a 1-0 win at Silver Jubilee Park this afternoon. The goal came in the 42nd minute when Abrahams spotted that Berkley Laurencin off his line, and fired home a lob that the keeper could only help into the net.

Aside from that, the game was a largely even affair, with both sides struggling to create clear cut chances. Shane Gore in the Wingate goal was never really tested by the Greens front line in the first half, whilst Laurencin had to make one save low down.

Whilst Hendon had their fair share of possession, the quality of the passing, and quality of balls into the box was nowhere near as good as Tuesday evening, and the best chance to equalise came late in the second half, but Kezie Ibe could only find the keeper before the visitors scrambled the ball away.

With other results going against the Greens, the threat of relegation looms even larger, and a win at Grays Athletic next weekend is absolutely vital.

Posted at 19:07

Wednesday 25 January - Under 18s draw against leaders

The under 18s good run of results continued tonight as they drew 3-3 with league leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough at SJP. The result keeps the young Greens in second place, behind the young Beavers on goal difference, having played three games more. They are only the second team this season to take points from Hampton.

A full report will appear on the youth team page in the next few days.

Posted at 23:14

Wednesday 25 January - It's happened before!

A number of supporters, including our Scottish supporters on twitter, have asked whether we've had two consecutive matches abandoned before - to which the answer is yes, over 70 years ago. In December 1942, we had two consecutive games abandoned in extra time, both against Pinner in the Middlesex Senior Cup.

The first attempt took place on Saturday 5th December at Claremont Road, and having reached full time at 0-0, the teams embarked on extra time. However, five minutes into extra time, the game was abandoned due to failing light.

The following week on 12th December, again at Claremont Road, the teams reached full time goalless once again. This time 20 minutes of extra time were played, but with Pinner leading 1-0, it became too dark again and the game was abandoned.

The third attempt took place on 19th December at Pinner's ground, and saw them win 3-1, with Roy Stroud scoring the goal for us.

Posted at 23:08

Tuesday 24 January - Billericay game beaten by fog

Tonight's game against Billericay Town was abandoned after 35 minutes due to thick fog with the Greens leading 2-0. It must be said that the decision to start the game was absolutely correct, but shortly after the second goal was scored, the fog thickened and the referee suspended play. He gave it 15 minutes, but there was no sign of the fog lifting and the decision was made to abandon the game following a discussion with both managers.

The 35 minutes that were played saw some of the best football the Greens have played this season. The first goal came in the 11th minute when a defence splitting ball from Matt Ball was then played by Elliott Charles into the path of Reis Stanislaus who slammed the ball into the net. The second came twenty minutes later when Arthur Lee rose at the far post to head home a cross.

However, with the match abandoned, it all counts for nothing.

Both clubs await a ruling from the Ryman League as to what happens regarding a replay, but in the meantime we ask that all those who attended retain their admission ticket, which will be able to be used to gain entry for the rearranged game.

Posted at 21:59

Tuesday 24 January - Gary reflects on Saturday's match

Gary McCann reflected on Saturday's match against AFC Sudbury when he said, "When it comes to the performance I thought it was one or three points worthy overall, but we were not efficient enough after good passages of play to turn the chances into goals.

"What was more disappointing was that when they had their first real chance in our penalty area they scored. We didn't defend properly.

"We have lost two of our last three games because we haven't been concentrating enough in defending set-plays. We are having individual players switching off at crucial times.

"And, when you are at the bottom, it seems that every time we switch off we concede a goal. We need to take repsonsibility, individually and collectively.

"The big positive is that Elliott Brathwaite came through the game unscathed. He will have a big part to play in the games to come."

The subject of the end of Saturday's game was broached with Gary and his response was, "The club and I have released statements concerning Saturday so I won’t add more other than my captain wasn't the cause of the fracas.

"We have to put the emotions and frustrations behind us. We have to be controlled because we can ill-afford to lose players or games of football with any indiscipline."

Posted at 17:18

Monday 23 January - Statement from Gary McCann

"It is with a heavy heart that I write this statement.

As you will now know after nearly 300 games covering around 8 years we have mutually agreed for Kevin Maclaren to leave the club.

Whenever Kev put the Hendon shirt on he wore it with great pride and gave absolutely everything for this club, never anything less than 100% and I had no hesitation in appointing him as captain.

What isn't so well known is his leadership and support off the pitch. While on the pitch I had a great captain and very talented player, off the pitch Hendon had a loyal and outstanding captain. He always found time to talk to our supporters and always showed genuine concern over the wellbeing of staff, officials and supporters alike.

His emotions got the better of him on Saturday in his first game back for 8 weeks in a crucial fixture. I am saddened that it has ended this way and for me personally Kev gave so much and will be sorely missed, not only as a player and captain but also as someone that I could fully trust in my dressing room. It will be a lesser place without him.

I personally thank Kev for all that he has been and for all that he has given and I wish him the very best of luck for the future.

We will remain close mates."

Posted at 13:20

Monday 23 January - Club Statement

The club have issued the following statement following the events on Saturday afternoon.

"An internal investigation has been opened in the wake of Saturday's incident which resulted in the abandonment of our League match against AFC Sudbury. No further comment will be made until that investigation has been concluded.

However, as a result of Kevin Maclaren having received a red card for violent conduct, it has been mutually agreed between the Board, the manager and the player himself that Kevin will leave the club with immediate effect.

While the reasons for his departure are extremely disappointing, Kevin's contribution and loyalty to the club cannot be overstated, having played almost 300 games since his debut at the start of the 2008/9 season. Kevin wore the captain's armband with great pride for much of his Hendon career and remained loyal to the club despite having received a number of offers to go elsewhere for greater reward.

The club thanks him for his outstanding service and wishes him well for the future."

Posted at 13:17

Saturday 21 January - Match abandoned due to mass confrontation

A mass confrontation in second half stoppage time involving most players and both benches resulted in today's game against AFC Sudbury being abandoned by the referee. During the confrontation, Kevin Maclaren was sent off for violent conduct, despite having left the field after being substituted midway through the second half. The score at the time of the abandonment saw our visitors leading 2-1.

The outcome of the game will be decided by the Ryman League in due course, whilst the club will await any charges that come from the FA after the referee has submits his report this evening.

As for the game itself, the Greens were two goals down at half time - as a result of not taking their chances, and poor defending allowing Sudbury to score twice, first of all Ryan Henshaw finding the back of the net in the 16th minute, and Craig Parker doubling the lead in the 25th minute. Before Sudbury had scored, Hendon had three or four good chances, but the final finishes were found wanting.

Gary McCann made two changes at half-time, and this saw the Greens take the game to their visitors, and it was no surprise when they pulled a goal back when Elliott Charles turned home a cross from Reis Stanislaus. Further chances came the way of the Greens but again they were unable to find the back of the net, whilst Berkley Laurencin made one excellent save low down at full stretch.

Sadly, any chance of a late equaliser failed to materialise as the mass confrontation blew up, leaving the referee no option but to abandon the game.

Posted at 19:40

Friday 20 January - Semi final date set

The date has been set for our Middlesex Senior Cup Semi Final against Wealdstone, and it will be played at SJP on Tuesday 21st February, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 18:03

Wednesday 18 January - Under 18s win to move second

The under 18s moved up to second in the table this evening as they beat Ashford Town (Middlesex) 4-3 at a chilly SJP. Following a tough start to the campaign, our youngsters have won 6 of their last 8 games.

We hope to have full details of the game along with a match report in the next few days.

Posted at 22:19

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