Search

Hendon’s play-off hopes are dashed by two defeats

18:46 22 April 2014

Dave Diedhiou

Dave Diedhiou

Archant

Hendon’s hopes of reaching the Premier Division play-offs were dashed with two defeats in three days over the Easter weekend.

Harbouring faint ambitions to finish the season inside the top five, Gary McCann’s side crashed to a stoppage-time 3-2 defeat against Grays Athletic on Saturday.

Two days later, Hendon were soundly beaten 3-0 by Bognor Regis Town. McCann’s side can now finish no higher than eighth.

Defeat to Grays on Saturday left a particularly bitter taste for Hendon, being the third match in succession in which they have conceded a decisive goal in injury time.

Christopher Benjamin gave Grays the lead during the first half, but Dave Diedhiou equalised, before Joel Nouble restored Grays’ lead with just seven minutes remaining.

Hendon hit back once more as Michael Murray converted a penalty to level the scores again. However, Benjamin grabbed his second in the dying seconds to win it for Grays.

Monday’s contest was a far more one-sided affair, as Hendon appeared to finally run out of steam. Ollie Pearce and Terry Dodd put Bognor in control at half-time.

Hendon keeper Danny McNicholas was sent off on his debut for violent conduct, and Ben Johnson converted the penalty to seal a routine win for Bognor.

McCann admitted his disappointment at his side’s late-season capitulation.

He said: “I have a very honest bunch of players, and they have given me all the effort I could have asked for but, once again, we have made some bad mental errors at key moments in the game.

“Coming to the end of the season, as with every team, there is a lot of tiredness and tired players are more likely to make mistakes. This has been our downfall in recent games.”

Hendon have confirmed that coach Junior Lewis will leave the club at the end of the season.

Lewis has been a coach at the club for three seasons, and achieved hero status as a player for his winning goal against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in 1997.

A Hendon spokesman said: “Everyone at the club wishes Junior every success for the future”.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Harry Kane ran clean through on goal in the first half but saw his shot saved

Tottenham were left to rue some wasteful finishing as they were held to a goalless draw against Everton in an entertaining encounter at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino has urged his player to focus and cut out the errors that have undermined their start to the season

Mauricio Pochettino says basic defensive errors are to blame for Tottenham’s slow start to the season – not their tardiness in finishing their transfer business.

Alex Pritchard has been getting up to speed in training but could be involved against Everton tomorrow

Mauricio Pochettino says Alex Pritchard has effectively been undergoing a pre-season programme after recovering from his ankle injury and could be included in tomorrow’s first-team squad against Everton.

Fri, 12:00
Paul Stirling of Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright Photography

Paul Stirling is seeking a prolonged run in the Middlesex side over the coming weeks to stake his claim for a regular four-day slot.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder