FA Trophy: Hendon boss Gary McCann confident ahead of first round qualifying tie against Kings Langley

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 October 2017

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

Gary McCann oversee's his 700th game in charge of Hendon FC

Greens have been in good form of late and go in search of more joy this Saturday

Hendon manager Gary McCann heads into this Saturday’s FA Trophy First Round Qualifying tie with Kings Langley full of confidence following their latest results.

The Greens made it three Bostik Premier Division wins on the spin with a 2-1 come-from-behind success at Worthing on Saturday before progressing to the second round of the London Senior Cup on Monday night against fellow Bostik Premier side Wingate & Finchley.

That came with a penalty shoot-out win over the Blues after the game had ended deadlocked at 2-2.

McCann will be hoping to continue their good run when they host a Kings Langley side who have won just one league game this season in the Evo- Stik Southern Premier Division.

Their success in Sussex over Worthing at the weekend keeps McCann’s side well-placed in the table, but they had to do it the hard way in tough, windy conditions.

The Greens fell behind in the second half to Alfie Young’s effort, but persevered and restored parity when Niko Muir netted his 12th goal of the season and they sealed victory three minutes from time through substitute Josh Walker, much to the relief of McCann.

“Those were as difficult conditions for a match I have been involved in for a very long time,” he said.

“The wind was very demanding and a test to deal with and I don’t think either team came to terms with it in the first half.

“When we went a goal down I was still confident about getting the three points, so long as we didn’t leave it too late to get the first.

“When we got our equaliser I was sure we would go on to win, but they had a great chance at 1–1 when Sam Murphy cleared a shot off the line and the rebound was blasted over the bar.”

The introduction of Walker off the bench proved crucial and the Greens boss added: “Our bench and squad proved pivotal and if we have showed a bit better composure in the last 15 minutes I think we could still have gone on to win more comfortably, but it would not have been a true reflection on the game.”

Hendon hope for more cup joy on Saturday.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

9 minutes ago

Wembley Stadium plays host to the second of its three NFL games of the season on Sunday and fans will be hoping that they are treated to a better game than last week’s one-sided contest between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders.

The full-back, who is approaching 250 appearances for the club, discussed the win at Burgess Hill Town and much more

Yesterday, 22:31

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview this week. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

Yesterday, 17:00

Tottenham Hotspur will be without Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Dele Alli for the fixture at the London Stadium

Yesterday, 16:00

Greens won 3-2 at Hartley Wintney last Saturday, but lost at Metropolitan Police in CSS League Challenge Cup in midweek

Yesterday, 15:00

The former Maidenhead United forward has scored five goals in four FA Cup games this season

Yesterday, 12:30

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are set to play seven important matches during the next three weeks

Yesterday, 09:41

Fly-half one of seven Sarries men in Eddie Jones’ squad


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now