Hendon travelled to Tring Athletic on Tuesday evening for a friendly arranged to give players who haven't been involved in recent games a chance to get some match time under their belts. It was a productive evening as the Greens ran out 1-0 winners.
The starting XI wouldn't have looked out of place as a starting line-up for a competitive game, and it included the reappearance of Eddie Munnelly, who had been a regular in the squad last season.
On the bench were trialists Jamie Turner and Kimil Erkerslan, who play for the University of Westminster side which is managed by Rakatahr Hudson, James Archer, and the veteran pairing of coach Junior Lewis and assistant manager Freddie Hyatt.
The first half was a goalless affair, but nonetheless was quite entertaining with a number of half chances.
Dewayne Clarke had a chance with a cross-cum-shot which flew narrowly wide of the post, and he had a second chance after being set up by Dave Diedhiou but again his effort was wide of the target.
Berkley Laurencin was forced into just one save in the opening period, but he was able to comfortably turn the ball away for a corner.
The goal came after 5 minutes of the second period when Clarke fed the ball out wide to Diedhiou, who in turn played a beautiful ball into the box which was turned home by Belal Aite-Ouakrim, his first strike since his return to the club from Staines Town last week.
Laurencin was forced into another good save, and then Tring were given a really good chance to equalise when one of their strikers was fouled in the box.
Their penalty taker stepped up to take the kick, but it was a poor effort and Laurencin was able to push the ball away to safety.
The main talking point of the last ten minutes was the double substitution of Danny Dyer and Aite-Ouakrim with Lewis and Hyatt. The latter pair have a combined age of 81.
To be fair Hyatt, who will be 44 in January, he showed that he hasn't lost his touches as a midfielder, and he picked out two or three lovely passes, bringing back memories of when former manager Frank Murphy used to make occasional cameo appearances as a substitute.
The game will have been a good exercise for Gary McCann and his management team, and well as for those players that needed to get some match time.
Team : Laurencin, Munnelly (Archer 72), Carby, Burgess, Fraser, K Maclaren (Turner 46), Dyer (Hyatt 80), Hudson (Erkerslan 68), Clarke, Aite-Ouakrim (J Lewis 80), Diedhiou.