Hendon were unable to overcome the exertions of a very long trip to Somerset and less than 48 hours recovery to be well beaten by Harrow Borough at Silver Jubilee Park on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. On the face of it, conceding three goals to deflection may seem that the defeat was unlucky and/or unfortunate, but this was not the case.
Cole Brown swapped with Taishan Griffith in the only change to the starting line-up. There were two other changes on the bench, Prince Mbengui and Gianni Crichlow coming in for Dylan Kearney - who has joined Uxbridge on a dual registration - and Mark Boyce.
From the start it was clear that Hendon did not have the sparkle of recent games. Harrow, who have scored and conceded at least two goals in ever League match so far this season, chased and harried with a purpose and to good effect too.
Lewis Cole had Borough's first attempt on goal, but his shot was easy meat for Danny Boness. A minute later, Laste Dombaxe fired off an effort that was gathered by Hafed Al-Droubi with a similar amount of comfort.
Hendon had a good chance to take the lead from a free-kick which fell to Marvin Morgan. He, however, directed his effort straight at the goalkeeper.
A minute later, the Greens fell behind when Anthony O'Connor fired a shot which took a large deflection and wrong-footed Boness on its way into the net. Harrow continued to attack and create chances with Bayley Brown shooting just wide and O'Connor capitalising on a bad backpass, but failing to hit the target as he beat Boness to the ball.
Stephane Ngamvoulou had a half-chance to equalise after half an hour when a quickly-taken free-kick from Dombaxe landed at his feet. Al-Droubi, however, was very quickly off his line and was almost on top of Ngamvoulou as he turned to shoot.
Last season, Borough's defence conceded 10 goals against the Greens, but in this match, Shaun Preddie, George Moore and Mitchal Gough won almost every challenge. Additionally Moore caused plenty of problems when he joined the attack down the right side.
Just before half-time, Harrow got the second goal that was the very least that they deserved. The ball was played out to the Borough left, from where Frank Keita - the son of former Borough, Wembley and Mail international goalkeeper Keita Karamoko - sent the ball into the danger area.
It seemed as if it would be an easy gather for Boness but a defender dived across to make a block. Whether or not he touched the ball is unclear, but it certainly bobbled off Boness's arm and trickled into the net.
Three minutes into the second half, Hendon's chances took another dive. Cole fired a shot from the edge of the box, a Green-shirted defender tried to intervene, but his attempted block succeeded in doing no more than sending the ball into the opposite corner of the goal to which Boness was diving.
The Hendon fightback was now at desperation stage. Dombaxe fired a free-kick goalwards and Al-Droubi made a spectacular save and Brown had a good chance, but failed to make the goalkeeper work.
A minute later, the game flared up following a bad challenge from O'Connor on Brown. There was no malice, bit it was very dangerous - and sent the Hendon man to hospital.
The challenge merited a red card, but O'Connor saw only yellow, which led to a retaliatory late tackle from Morgan - one he almost certainly would not have made without the earlier foul - which saw him pick up a caution.
A couple of minutes later, he became the last Hendon player to be substituted - Crichlow having early taken over from Ngamvoulou and Taishan Griffith replacing the stricken Brown - Tyriq Hunte being the man to replace him.
In the 61st minute Harrow thought they had got a fourth goal when Ryan Moss applied the coup de grace from close range. He, however, was in an offside position and the ball might gone in without his intervention, but the flag went up and Harrow celebrations were stillborn.
Guri Demuria was moved into an attacking position and he certainly caused Borough problems. In the 75th minute, Luke Tingey forced a brilliant save out of Al-Droubi and, moments later, Griffith pounced on a defensive lapse, but he hit the underside of the crossbar.
Harrow a double change replacing Brown and O'Connor with Harry Rush and ex-Hendon man Michael Bryan.
The way back into the game came from a rather innocuous ball into the penalty area, in the 79th minute, which Al-Droubi gathered without much difficulty. That, however, was because the Hendon player chasing forward was pushed to the ground, and it was right in the referee's eye-line.
He immediately pointed to the penalty spot, to little protest from Borough players. Ricardo German took responsibility and fired past Al-Droubi, who then was cautioned for shenanigans as Hendon tried the game restarted quickly.
For the next 10 minutes, Hendon probed and asked questions of the Borough defence, but they held firm. Moss was withdrawn for the final few minutes, leaving Rush and Bryan as the front men.
In the first minute of additional time, Moore joined Rush and Bryan in a 3-on-2 counter-attack. Although Boness did brilliantly to keep out the first shot, when the ball was played left to Rush, he couldn't - and didn't - miss.
That ended Hendon's last vestige of hope, but they still managed to have the final word as German scored his second of the afternoon. In four starts, plus one appearance as a substitute, German has now scored seven goals.
There were still three minutes of added time to play, but Borough were not unduly troubled.