Seeby admits Hendon will need time to settle into their new home at Silver Jubilee Park

Hendon's Chris Seeby. Pic: DBeechPhotography

Hendon's Chris Seeby. Pic: DBeechPhotography - Credit: Archant

Hendon defender Chris Seeby admits it may be a while before the team fully settle into their new home at Silver Jubilee Park.

The Greens have made a sluggish start to their Ryman League Premier Division campaign, losing 3-0 at home to Worthing on Saturday before collecting a point from a 1-1 draw at Kingstonian two days later.

Seeby acknowledged that nerves may have been a contributing factor in his side’s below-par performance on the opening day – the club’s first league fixture at their own ground since they left Claremont Road almost eight years ago.

“We’ve had the shackles off us in pre-season with no pressure, but I think the lads were a bit nervous with the occasion – it did feel like that,” said Seeby.

“I don’t think we really saw it coming. It was one of those performances where we didn’t turn up – maybe one or two out of 11 could say they did well and you can’t afford that.


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“Everyone’s been buzzing to get the club to our own place that we can call home and, although we’ve trained on it, it will take time to get used to playing on this surface every week.

“The good thing about football is the quick turnaround and the games do come thick and fast. There’s no easy ones coming up but we have to really get going as soon as we can.”

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Finbarr Robins netted Hendon’s first goal of the season to put them ahead in the 76th minute at Kingstonian on Monday, but Ryan Moss levelled for the home side three minutes later.

Seeby, who returned to action towards the end of last season after a year out injured, has been adjusting to the 3-5-2 system favoured by Greens boss Gary McCann since the players reported back.

He added: “I only played four games last year, so I was really excited to get back. We’ve worked on the formation all through pre-season and the players did really well.

“I’ve been playing as the right-sided centre-half or wing-back and it’s different from playing right-back. Attacking-wise you’re further up the pitch, which is hard sometimes, but I’ve tried to adapt and we’ll see how it goes.”

The Greens, who make the short trip to Wingate & Finchley on Saturday, are back at Silver Jubilee Park on Tuesday, when they take on Burgess Hill Town (7.45pm).

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