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Hendon manager McCann is keen to get back to winning ways against lowly Needham

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 January 2018

Hendon's Zak Joseph and Joe White attack Sutton United defender Aswad Thomas (Pic: DBeechPhotography)

Hendon's Zak Joseph and Joe White attack Sutton United defender Aswad Thomas (Pic: DBeechPhotography)

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Hendon will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Bostik Premier Division as they make the trip to strugglers Needham Market this weekend.

Gary McCann’s Greens have failed to pick up a win in the league so far in 2018 and will be keen to correct that as they make the long trip to Suffolk on Saturday (3pm).

The last time the two sides met in October, McCann’s men nicked a 1-0 victory thanks to Zak Joseph and they will be hoping for a repeat result in the return.

“We’ve got to get back to winning ways in the league as we’ve fallen out of the play-offs for the first time in I don’t know how long,” said McCann.

“This week is all about us getting prepared and ready to get back to a winning formula.”

McCann is under no illusions of the challenge they will face against The Marketmen and a good friend of his in their manager Richard Wilkins.

He also believes this week will be a real challenge as they also make the trip to Suffolk for a second time to face Lowestoft Town on Tuesday evening.

McCann added: “It’s going to be a tough game. Richard is a close friend of mine, I know they had another defeat (Saturday) so he’ll be firing them up this week to get them ready for Saturday.

“It won’t be an easy place to go, they never are any of the trips to Suffolk, and back-to-back trips there will be pretty demanding and testing on the squad.”

The boss also had plenty of praise for Needham’s squad and believes the Greens will have to be on their game to beat the experienced outfit.

“I know they’ve got a lot of old Bury players where Rich’s time with Bury was cut short, but they’ve got an experienced side, experienced defenders, goalkeeper, two or three experienced midfielders and some good offensive players,” he said.

Hendon go into the match on the back of some mixed fortunes in cup competitions as they progressed to the semi-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup with a 9-1 victory against Spelthorne Sports – thanks to five goals from loanee Joe White – after going out of the FA Trophy with a 3-0 defeat to Sutton United at the weekend.

McCann said: “We’ve got to take the positives out of our performance from Sutton. I know it was a defeat, but it was a relatively solid performance and we will look to build on that to take to Needham Market.”

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