Hendon booked their place in the 1st round of the FA cup for the 4th year running with a deserved 1-0 win over Dr. Martens Premier side Margate. The match started with Margate pressure for the first 5 minutes, followed by a period of Hendon attacking football. It was during this pressure that Hyatt scored from a free kick, only 11 minutes into the game. A Don was brought down about 25 yards out on the left side, and Hyatt confidently struck the ball, with a shot that went low through MargateÃ¯Â¿Â½s 3 man wall and low to Lee TurnerÃ¯Â¿Â½s right. He went down for what should have been an easy save, but the ball just somehow went over him.
This early goal didn't however inspire the Dons much further, but instead seemed to fuel Margate further, with them winning at least 6 corners in the rest of the half, and forcing several awkward saves from McCann, as well as having a good penalty appeal, which was waved away by Mr T. Conn. Hendon also had some chances, with John Daly nearly heading just wide of the near post from a Hyatt corner, with Turner praying that it would stay wide.
The second half seemed to mirror the first in that it was made up of periods of prolonged pressure for either side, but only one clear cut opportunity presented itself to either side. During one spell of pressure, the ball fell to Watson, Hendon's man of the match, but despite being clear and there being no players within 4 or 5 yards of him, he mis-kicked the ball, instead slicing it to his right, making it easy for Margate to clear.
Margate's best chance of the game was presented to them by some poor defending by the Dons, who failed to clear, then McCann tried to catch a high ball, but lost sight of it as defender ran across him. He failed to reach it comfortably, and the ball fell for a shot into an open goal from yards. McCann did well to force the striker to rush the shot, which went wide from a narrow angle.