Hendon boss Gray surprised by bright start to new term ahead of Taunton away day
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 August 2018
Greens maintained unbeaten record with 2-1 win at home to Farnborough last Saturday
Hendon will look to continue their unbeaten their new start to the new term over a busy Bank Holiday weekend in the Evo-Stik South Premier South.
The Greens make the trip to Taunton Town on Saturday, before welcoming near-neighbours Harrow Borough on Monday.
James Gray’s men head into the busy period off the back of a 2-1 win at home to Farnborough last Saturday.
It was a result that lifted the Silver Jubilee Park outfit up to fourth in the table after quickly adjusting to life in a new division having been transferred across from the Bostik Premier in the summer.
The Hendon boss admits he is pleasantly surprised by how his team have started the new term, but hopes their good form continues long into the campaign.
“I asked for patience because I thought the start might not go to plan. The boys have gelled really quickly and we’ve managed to make some good signings,” he told the club website.
“Team spirit is great and the wins help that. The boys are buying into everything we’re doing. We’re really working them hard and the boys know what I demand.
“Expectations may have risen, but my expectation is I know where I want to be by the end of the season so we’ll keep it under wraps for now, but I’m pleased with where we are.”
At home to Farnborough last weekend, goals from Cole Brown and Laste Dombaxe secured a second win of the season for the Greens.
Gray, though, admits he was not overly pleased with the performance from the Silver Jubilee Park outfit despite the win.
“The second goal was the best bit of quality we had in the game because I thought we were sloppy with the ball,” he added.
“We gave the ball away too many times in areas we didn’t need to.
“I’d rather the lads stay on the ball than give a sloppy pass if it’s not on.
“There’s massive room for improvement, but when it did click and we got a bit of quality, we scored a superb goal.”
It is another important weekend for Hendon in the league as they look to maintain their bright start to the new campaign.
And Gray will hope that the Greens’ unbeaten record is still in tact after their games against Taunton and Harrow.