Hendon made light of a 5-game Ryman League Premier Division losing run with a fine 2-0 defeat of Kingstonian at LOOT Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Ks had one shot blocked near to the Hendon line and two half-hearted shouts for penalties. Apart from that, they rarely threatened the Hendon goal where David Hook had a surprisingly quiet night. Praise must also go the the defence, where Micky Woolner, Simon Clarke, Paul Towler and RenÃƒÂ© Street were all outstanding.
In the 10th minute, Woolner drilled a long free kick which Dale Binns did brilliantly to control at full stretch. His perfect pass was met by a scuffed shot from Eugene Ofori, who could have claimed one of the goals of the season.
Three minutes before the interval, Clarke stung the hands of Lance Key with a powerful shot after his free-kick had been blocked. Ten minutes after the break, on-loan striker Phil Ruggles fired a 25-yard drive 18 inches wide of Key's right post after a short goal kick.
In the 64th minute, Hendon were denied a goal by a controversial decision from the assistant referee, who appeared to see a phantom push on Key as he the goalkeeper made a complete hash of a Clarke corner. Ruggles slammed the ball into the net after Key, caught out of position, had cannoned into a couple of players as flapped vainly at the ball.
Ruggles got his revenge 3 minutes later, when Davis Haule and Jon-Barrie Bates combined to set up Woolner for a cross. The cross was excellent, but RUGGLES' flying header was even better.
KIngstonian then had their best spell of the game but a succession of crosses and free-kicks were all too often wayward. Having weathered the storm, a flowing Dons move almost ended with a goal for Haule, but Key produced a magnificent save.
In stoppage time, however, he was no more than a helpless spectator as another flowing move involving Paul Yates, Ruggles and Ofori ended with BINNS smashing a 20-yard drive into the roof of the net.
"We showed we have got belief in ourselves," said a delighted manager Dave Anderson. "We have a reasonably small but tight-knit squad, so are always looking forward to the next game. It means that after we had won 3 in a row or lost 5 straight we were only looking forward."