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Bostik Premier: Hendon confident of sinking Thurrock

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 November 2017

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

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Greens return to league action when they host Fleet this wekeend

Hendon return to the Bostik Premier on Saturday when they host Thurrock, looking to build on Tuesday’s success in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.

The Greens beat Slough Town of the Southern League Premier on penalties in a replay away from home

Gary McCann’s men seemed to be on their way to winning in regulation time when Daniel Uchechi opened the scoring in the 32nd minute.

However, a stoppage time equaliser for Town forced the need for extra time and, ultimately, penalties.

“Togetherness in adversity is paramount. It was something I spoke to the players about on Saturday night,” said McCann.

“I had no idea how much we would face a few days later. I went with an instinct to go with Dan Purdue in goal when I knew Tom Lovelock was unavailable and he played like it was a game in the park.

“The defence was brilliant in protecting Dan, but his save early in the second half was absolutely magnificent. His two saves in the shoot-out led to the third one. It put so much pressure on their player to score that he buckled.

“This was truly a night to remember for everyone connected with Hendon. It was fantastic.”

The initial tie between the sides at Silver Jubilee Park on Saturday also saw late drama, with Kezie Ibe scoring for Hendon in stoppage time during a 1-1 draw.

The Greens will hope their midweek exertions do not prove too tiring as they host struggling Thurrock in the league this weekend.

McCann’s men are also in action on Tuesday night when they visit Bostik South club Hythe United in the third round of the Velocity Trophy.

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