Hendon crash out of the FA Trophy to National League high-flyers Sutton United
PUBLISHED: 16:57 13 January 2018
FA Trophy: Sutton United 3 Hendon 0
Hendon crashed out of the FA Trophy with a 3-0 defeat to National League high-flyers Sutton United in the second round.
The Greens missed out on the chance of making it into the competitions last 16 teams and £7,000 in prize money thanks to goals from Kieron Cadogan, Adam Coombes and Tommy Wright at Gander Green Lane.
The north London-based club made five changes from their 3-1 Velocity Trophy quarter-final defeat to Corinthian Casuals earlier in the week.
Manager Gary McCann brought in keeper Corey Addat, Jakes Eggleton, David Diedhiou, Ashley Nathaniel-George and Harly Wise in place of Sam Murphy, Liam Gordon and Josh Walker, who drop to the bench and Dan Purdue and Keagan Cole miss out.
The hosts handed former Leyton Orient youngster Harry Beautyman his home debut after the midfielder agreed to return to the Ambers last week.
The first chance of the match fell in the visitors favour as Nathaniel-George burst down the left flank and cut back to try pick out Niko Muir but his show was comfortably held by Owen Evans in the eighth minute.
Two minutes later the hosts had a chance of their own as Beautyman let fly from long range but his shot went just wide of the post after Tom Bolarinwa made a great run to find the midfielder.
Bolarinwa made another run shortly after down the right and tried to sneak a shot through but it went straight into the arms of Corey Addat.
It wasn’t until the 21st minute when the next chance came and it was once again the hosts as a scramble in the box was only just cleared and fell to Dan Spence who whipped a cross in to Tommy Wright who headed it wide.
Wright put another header wide just two minutes later, this time from a Bolarinwa cross, who found the attacker at the near post.
Hendon finally got hold of the ball and pushed forward to create a chance of their own in the 25th minute as Nathaniel-George latched onto a loose ball and cannoned a shot wide.
The match then became a battle in the middle of the pitch until the 36th minute when the Ambers broke the deadlock as Kieron Cadogan fired a low shot into the bottom right after breaking his way into the box to make it 1-0.
The hosts continued to pile the pressure on as Bolarinwa switched the ball across the park to Beautyman who cut it back for Cadogan who fired a shot over the bar with seven minutes left in the first-half.
Hendon came out desperately looking for an equaliser in the opening minutes of the second-half and the U’s Simon Downer had to come to rescue and clear the ball after a cross caused his side problems in the 53rd minute.
Hendon keeper Corey Addat had to pull off back-to-back saves in the 57th minute to keep his side in the match as Beautyman headed the ball to Bolarinwa who was denied at the back post.
Sutton had another chance two minutes later as Beautyman drove a powerful shot on goal but is denied by Addat.
Midfielder Beautyman turned inside after making a run down the left and fired a shot which is blocked and cleared for a corner in the 67th minute.
The visitors starting applying some pressure but it didn’t last long as a clearance ended up at Tommy Wright’s feet who then bursted down the middle of the pitch through the Hendon backline and fired it wide.
In the 74th minute Sutton were finally rewarded for their dominance as a high ball forward from Simon Downer was nodded away but fell to Adam Coombes who lashed in a volley to make it 2-0.
Tommy Wright cut in from the left and curled a beautiful shot into the far corner with four minutes left in the match to make it 3-0.
Sutton United: Evans, Thomas, Coombes, Cadogan, Eastmond (Lafayette 82), Spence, Thomas, Wright, Downer (Beckwith 89), Bolarinwa, Beautyman (Walton 76)
Unused subs: Dundas and Taylor.
Hendon: Addat, Eggleton, Tingey, Diedhiou, Bray, Lee, George, Wise (Uchechi 73), Joseph (Walker 65), Muir, White (Murphy 84)
Unused subs: Gordon and Joseph.