Sloppy Hendon lose their way to Wood
PUBLISHED: 14:14 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
By David Ballheimer HENDON S play-off hopes are hanging by a thread after a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Boreham Wood. Wood signed six players just before the transfer deadline as they bid to pull away from the relegation zone and
By David Ballheimer
HENDON'S play-off hopes are hanging by a thread after a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to struggling Boreham Wood.
Wood signed six players just before the transfer deadline as they bid to pull away from the relegation zone and the influx of new faces clearly had an influence as there was more purpose and direction to their play.
There was little worthy of mention in the opening 15 minutes - then, out of nothing, Wood took the lead.
A free-kick 25 yards out was drilled by Danny Barber and the ball eluded the wall and Dons goalkeeper Luke Blackmore - but not the back of the net.
Hendon's response was a half-chance to Brian Haule, but he ;lifted the ball just wide under great pressure and Mark Burgess was able to shepherd it away.
Both teams were forced into first half substitutions, with Boreham Wood veteran Ollie Adedeji being replaced by Greg Morgan and Hendon's James Parker making way for Ben Hudell.
Hendon did not improve for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but suddenly things clicked.
Brian Haule should have scored twice before he somehow managed to direct a free header from five yards into the belly of visiting keeper Noel Imber with no-one else anywhere near him.
In the final 10 minutes, Belal Aiteouakrim smashed the crossbar with a 20-yard drive and then saw Imber acrobatically push aside another searing drive.
As the game moved into stoppage time, Barber bundled over Dons substitute Lubo Guentchev, but the referee did not rule a foul.
Hendon must pick up points from their next two games - at Hastings on Saturday and Tonbridge Angels three days later - if their promotion dream is to stay alive.
Hendon: Blackmore, Parker (Hudell 42, Burgess 77), Dyer (L Guentchev 65), Leach, Page, Busby, Hudson, O'Leary, B Haule, Aiteouakrim, D Haule.