FA Trophy: Hendon want to march on with win at home to Burgess Hill Town
PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 November 2017
Greens host Bostik Premier rivals in second qualifying round on Saturday
Hendon continue their FA Trophy campaign on Saturday when they entertain Bostik Premier rivals Burgess Hill Town in the second qualifying round.
After beating Kings Langley 3-1 in the previous round last month, the Greens will hope their trophy adventure does not come to a premature end at home to the Hillians.
The Silver Jubilee Park outfit will head into the tie full of confidence following a 2-1 win at home to divisional rivals Harrow Borough in the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday.
After a goalless first half, Gary McCann’s men opened the scoring in the 51st minute through Ashley Nathaniel-George.
Though Harrow drew level in the 73rd minute, substitute Niko Muir scored the winner for Hendon 10 minutes from time to send them through to the quarter-finals.
The cup success over Borough was also a welcome return to winning ways for the Greens, having seen their run of three league victories in a row come to an end against Kingstonian last weekend.
After falling behind early on at home, the Silver Jubilee Park outfit drew level through Muir in the 28th minute.
However, the Ks twice found the net in the second half, ensuring McCann’s men dropped points at home to for the first time this season.
Despite the defeat, Hendon still remain in the play-off places in the Bostik Premier, but it is the FA Trophy tie at home that has their full focus this weekend.
Having already collected £3,250 for their win in the first qualifying round, the Greens stand to pocket another £4,000 if they can overcome Burgess Hill.
It will also leave the Silver Jubilee Park outfit just one stage away from reaching the first round proper, where teams in the National League enter.
But McCann’s men can ill-afford to let thoughts of a potential glamour tie enter their minds ahead of the clash with Town this Saturday.
The Hillians head to west London good form, having won their last two matches in the league.
The match between the sides this weekend will be particularly intriguing given Hendon are due to host Burgess Hill in the league next Saturday.
And the Greens will certainly want to gain a psychological advantage with a cup win.