A very young, inexperienced reserve team did the club proud tonight despite losing 5-3 to Chesham United in the final Capital League game of the season. The Chesham side contained a number of experienced first team players, while the Hendon squad were all aged under 20 except for substitute Pat Gavin, and many still play Under 16 football. It was Hendon that took the lead after just 70 seconds when Adilson Lopes found the back of the net. Chesham equalised through a Peter Clifford header in the 38th minute, but Hendon regained the lead immediately thanks to Apacha Ayala. Brett Court equalised for a second time just before half time to ensure the sides went in level.
Chesham took a grip on the game, taking the lead two minutes after the restart through Ben Smith, before the same player scored the Generals fourth goal from the penalty spot. Substitute John Lawford made it 5-2 just before the hour mark, but almost immediately Hendon struck back through Patou Katshenge. That, somewhat surprisingly was the end of the scoring. Hendon keeper Luke Thornton made a string of excellent saves throughout the game, but it must be said that all fourteen players used were a credit to the club, not one of them let the club down. Despite the defeat, the signs are definitely good for the future of the club with a number of talented youngsters performing well tonight.
Hendon line up : Luke Thornton, John Conway (Lewis Parker 79), Aaron McLeish, David Pierre, Connor Carroll, Patou Katshenge, Matthew Peart (Pat Gavin 46), Daniel Llewellyn, Adilson Lopes, Bradley Bubb, Apacha Ayala (Marvin Tabi 70). Unused subs : Otis Kingsley, Andrew Vincent
Chesham line up : Dave Clark, Kevin Stevens, Matt Skinner, Brett Court, Peter Clifford, Kevin Mealor, Rob Morris (Will Butterworth 67), Andre Scarlett, John Richardson (John Lawford 46), Ben Smith, Chris Herron (Luke Harman 73). Unused subs : Mark Dawber, Steve Bateman