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By Steve Rogers
Monday, October 21, 2013
Hendon blogger Steve Rogers looks back on Saturday’s 4-1 triumph away at Cray Wanderers in the FA Trophy.
We’ve had three cup matches over the past couple of weeks, but only progressed in one.
A couple of weeks ago we went out of our league cup, falling at the first hurdle for the seventh year in a row, away at Wealdstone. It was a 1-0 defeat but the general performance was decent enough - we just couldn’t find the back of the net.
Then last Monday we travelled to Dulwich Hamlet in the London Senior Cup and were beaten 3-1 by a young side. Our performance that evening was disappointing, particularly as we fielded a near full-strength side.
However, we bounced back in style in the FA Trophy on Saturday, beating Cray Wanderers 4-1.
The FA Trophy is another competition we haven’t done very well in over the years - this was our first win for four seasons.
We did have to come back from a goal down - scored direct from a corner, with a hint of a foul on our keeper - but once we had equalised midway through the first half, I felt there was only going to be one winner.
We ended up playing some of the best possession football I’ve seen us play, leaving the Cray side chasing shadows for much of the game.
It was a real team performance - all 14 players (the 11 starters plus the three substitutes) contributed and it was a joy to watch. It really showed what our squad is capable of.
We’ll find out soon who our opponents are in the next round, which takes place on November 2 - and hopefully we’ll be able to make further progress through the competition.
Probably the biggest frustration this season is the lack of consistency in our performances and results. If we can get a consistent run going then who knows what we might be able to achieve.
We have at least improved on our biggest weakness from last season - scoring goals. We’re averaging more than two goals a game in all competitions.
However, we’ve not been as tight defensively as we have over the past couple of years - but that is partly down to injuries and players being unavailable.
Next up is a home league game against Thamesmead Town, who are struggling at the foot of the table in their first season at this level.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm and all are welcome to come along to Earlsmead for the game.
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