Search

Hendon bounce back from flat start to triumph at Margate

PUBLISHED: 12:41 14 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:41 14 January 2014

Hendon manager Gary McCann

Hendon manager Gary McCann

Archant

Gary McCann missed Hendon’s first half at Margate thanks to a flat tyre – but the manager turned up in time to witness an impressive second-half revival as the Greens triumphed 3-2 in the Ryman League Premier Division.

The Hartsdown Park pitch had survived an early inspection, and on a wet and at times slippery surface, it was Margate who opened the scoring.

Hendon had no less than four opportunities to clear the ball from the middle. Instead, they allowed it to bounce to Matt Bodkin, who shot past Ross Fitzsimons.

The Greens responded well, and were level on 19 minutes. Winger Michael Bryan beta his full-back and reached the byline, crossing for the prolific Jefferson Louis to tower a header past Craig Holloway.

Anthony Thomas should have put Hendon 2-1 up, only to see his looping volley beat Holloway but come back off the underside of the crossbar and bounce to safety.

Further half-chances came and went, but it was Margate who struck next to secure a half-time lead. A free-kick was played the left, and when the ball was crossed into the middle Jamie Stewart headed past Fitzsimons.

McCann made it to the ground in time for the second half, and sent his side out with renewed vigour.

It was all-square again 10 minutes into the second half, as Hendon scored a mirror image of Margate’s opener. Lee O’Leary and Louis had half-chances as the hosts failed to clear their lines, and eventually the ball fell for Casey Maclaren to finish.

And the winner came just six minutes later, as Thomas got the better of his defender and hit a cross-shot towards goal. It was a powerful strike, and Holloway got a hand to the ball but was unable to keep it out.

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 17:04

This news means this season will be the last at the current White Hart Lane

Yesterday, 14:26

Spurs boss adamant his side can catch leaders Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby

Yesterday, 12:38

Women will meet at Lee Valley on June 10

Yesterday, 12:00

Time for another Friday fanzone Q&A. Today we have the wonderful David Faber – aka Goonerholic – who’s followed the club for more than six decades. Read what The Arsenal means to him.

Yesterday, 08:34

Bognor Regis Town 2 Wingate & Finchley 1

Thu, 17:00

Nicoll targets top spot in Premier League

Thu, 15:03

Marghini claims first place in under-15 girls’ race

Thu, 15:00

Full-back raises £1,500 for charity

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now