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Hendon blogger Steve Rogers on a painful FA Cup exit and a packed October fixture schedule
So our FA Cup dream has come to an end for another season.
Having reached at least the fourth qualifying round in the last four seasons - with two first round proper appearances - Hendon were overdue an early exit.
The main difference in our 5-0 defeat to Bishop’s Stortford on Sunday evening was Kyle Vassell, who scored four goals in 17 minutes – a seven-minute hat-trick. That is impressive at any level.
It’s very disappointing to go out of the FA Cup at any time, particularly as it is such a money spinner in terms of prize money for clubs at our level.
But it’s no good brooding on it, we have to make sure we bounce back for what is to come during October.
During the next three weeks, we begin, but hopefully don’t end, our campaigns in three more cup competitions - all away from home.
That could be a good thing as our away form is considerably better than our home form - something that has been the case for a few years now.
We make the short trip to Wealdstone in the League Cup on October 7, and just a week later travel across London to Dulwich Hamlet in the London Senior Cup.
Then, in the FA Trophy on October 19, we go back across London to Bromley where we will be entertained Cray Wanderers who have just changed their manager after an awful start to the season.
Before all that, we have a trip to Bury St. Edmunds on Saturday afternoon where we face Bury Town. Our games against Bury have been close fought entertaining affairs over the past two or three years, and hopefully the same will be the case on Saturday.
This will be a new ground for me, for various reasons I’ve yet to get there. I intend to make a bit of a day of it, arriving in Bury late morning to see what the town has to offer before going to the game.
Hopefully the trip home will be made better by three points - we’ll find out!