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By Steve Rogers
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Hendon blogger Steve Rogers gives his verdict on last night’s 5-2 loss away at Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Ryman League Premier Division.
Talk about a reversal of results. On Saturday we beat Thamesmead Town 5-2. Last night we lost 5-2 at Hampton & Richmond Borough!
I missed Saturday’s game, but by all accounts we played very well for the first hour and then, thinking the game was won, got a bit casual. Fortunately no serious damage was done, but I know the management were unhappy with the last half-hour of the game.
As for last night, I think it’s safe to say the management will be unhappy with the whole 90 minutes. We were completely outplayed, out-thought and outworked by Hampton, who thoroughly deserved their win.
We gave the ball away cheaply far too many times - and at least three of Hampton’s goals came from us doing exactly that. The first came about through a poor defensive header, the second from poor decision-making and then a poor pass from one of our most experienced players. Both goals were scored by the same player, Charlie Moone, and that left us two goals down at half-time.
Within 10 minutes of the restart, Hampton were 4-0 up and the game was gone. Who scored for them? Moone, completing a four-timer. No lessons had been learned, you cannot keep giving the ball away or conceding penalties - however harsh it may have been - when someone of the quality of Moone is playing for the opposition.
We did come back into the game in the last quarter of an hour. Jefferson Louis, who was one of two members of the starting line-up exempt from criticism last night, scored two good goals. The second one was particularly good, a fierce strike hit on the turn that the Hampton keeper could only watch as it flew into the net.
Any hopes of a late late comeback were finally ended when Hampton scored a final goal – not scored by Moone, who had been substituted with 25 minutes left on the clock.
It’s certainly a very up and down journey following Hendon at the moment, and the lack of consistency in performances is our downfall. We seem to either be very good or very bad, with nothing in between. We don’t struggle to score goals - but unfortunately we’re letting in just as many at the other end of the pitch.
You know it’s bad when the manager apologises to the travelling supporters as he heads down the tunnel, and I know the players well enough that they will know they didn’t perform last night.
The other player who was exempt from criticism last night was goalkeeper Berkley Laurencin, who certainly kept the score down with a number of good saves.
I can’t fault the three substitutes either - they did seem to add something when they came on. It wasn’t their fault we were already 4-0 down when they entered the fray.
The damage has been done, we can’t go back and undo it, and we now have to focus on the FA Trophy tie against Bideford on Sunday afternoon.
Please do come along if you’re at a loose end. Kick-off at Earlsmead is at 3pm, and directions to the ground are on our website at www.hendonfc.net. Admission is £10 for adults, £5 concessions and free for under-16s. It’ll be great to see you there.
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