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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Ryman League Premier Division: Hendon 1 Lewes 1
Hendon manager Gary McCann insists his side will soon start picking up league wins, despite being frustrated for the second successive game at Earlsmead.
Jefferson Loius gave the Greens the lead at home to Lewes, but inside the final five minutes Jack Dixon grabbed an equaliser to ensure the visitors left with a point.
Hendon have yet to win at Earlsmead this season, but McCann believes his side can recover from their slow start to the season and begin climbing up the table.
“I felt we controlled the game for long periods, without actually dictating play as we can,” said McCann. “However, the final ball into dangerous areas was lacking.
“We are looking a little edgy and lacking confidence at the moment. That is nothing that won’t be cured with a win.
“I thought we should have gone in ahead at half-time, even though they had the two best chances. Our execution around the penalty area was disappointing.
“And it was also disappointing to lead late in the game and concede an equaliser.
“There are a lot of positive signs there at the moment. The balls just simply aren’t dropping for us at the moment, but it will come. We looked a lot more solid defensively today and it was a more assured performance. We are not far away.”
Louis was a constant threat for Hendon, forcing the first save of the day from former Hendon keeper Rikki Banks with a powerful drive.
Lewes created their first opening of note on 28 minutes, Dixon spotting an opening and firing in a shot which struck the inside of the post and was cleared by Sam Flegg.
It was Hendon who broke the deadlock midway through the second half. A cross was knocked down on the edge of the area for Louis, whose first-time effort was perfectly placed beyond Banks’ dive and just inside the post.
That was the signal for Lewes to up their game, and substitute Matt Crabb came close with a shot which was just off target, but Hendon were suddenly hanging on.
And the hosts were finally undone on 85 minutes, as Dixon converted a left-wing cross at the far post to ensure the game finished all-square.