FA Trophy: Slough Town 1 Hendon 1 (0-3 pens)
PUBLISHED: 08:38 29 November 2017
Young goalkeeper Dan Purdue was the hero as Hendon booked a place in the first round of the FA Trophy with a penalty shoot-out win over Slough Town in midweek.
Kezie Ibe’s last goal earned the Greens a 1-1 draw at Silver Jubilee Park on Saturday and the two sides also drew 1-1 in Tuesday’s replay.
Purdue, 17, came into the side in place of flu-hit Tom Lovelock to face a Slough side set for an FA Cup tie against League One side Rochdale on Monday.
And the teenager was well protected by his defence as they come under early pressure, before Daniel Uchechi netted from Niko Muir’s through ball to put Hendon in front against the run of play on 32 minutes.
The hosts dominated for most of the second half, but Purdue proved difficult to beat and Hendon could have extended their lead as Muir, Ashley Nathaniel-George and Zak Joseph all spurned good chances.
Slough’s pressure paid off in the last minute of normal time, but neither side could find a winner during the extra period and it went to the lottery of a shoot-out.
Sam Murphy saw his effort saved, but Purdue produced a fine save to keep out Slough’s first attempt.
And after Michael Corcoron converted for Hendon, Purdue dived to his left to stop the second Slough spot-kick.
Casey Maclaren’s penalty was too high and powerful for Slough’s keeper and after the home side’s next attempt came back off the crossbar, it was left to Uchechi to seal a 3-0 triumph and £5,000 in prize money for Gary McCann’s men.
Hendon will host Bath City or Margate on December 16 – when another £6,000 will be on offer to the winners – but return to Bostik Premier action with a home match against Thurrock on Saturday, then visit Hythe Town in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday.
*Hendon were sad to hear that former favourite Dermot Drummy had passed away this week, aged 56.
Drummy played 348 times for the club and scored 62 goals, including in the 1988 Middlesex Charity Cup final at Wembley, after starting his career at Arsenal, where he later coached youth teams.