Gray wants Hendon forward Hippolyte-Patrick to get the goals needed to slay Dragons
PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 December 2018
Greens beat Merthyr Town 3-0 at home on Saturday
James Gray will want Hendon forward Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick to continue his hot-streak in front of goal at Basingstoke Town in the Evo-Stik South Premier South on Saturday.
Hippolyte-Patrick netted the final goal for the Greens in a 3-0 success at home to Merthyr Town last weekend, with Cole Brown netting the other two goals.
The goal against the Martyrs last weekend means Hippolyte-Patrick now has five goals in his last five league games for the Silver Jubilee Park outfit.
And Hendon boss Gray feels the attacker’s latest goal was just rewards for a fine display last Saturday.
“Shaq’s got a good record since he’s joined us; he’s been superb and some of his goals have been spectacular,” Gray told the club website.
“I asked him to do a job for us on the right; he wants to be in the number 10 role, but sometimes with the formation we decide on means he can’t.
“He gave us a lot defensively and worked hard with Howard Hall in the first half, and when the game opens up, if he can find pockets like he did, he’s dangerous.”
Another to impress for Hendon last Saturday was midfielder Bayley Brown, who helped the home team win the battle in the middle of the park
Gray added: “Bayley did well and he’s a young lad, but sometimes you underestimate how young these boys are.
“The average age of the squad is around the 22-23 mark and that’s with 19-year-olds, 21-year-olds and 22-year-olds and Bayley’s in that bracket.
“He has a lot of stuff to learn and he has to get better at certain things, but against Merthyr, he won the ball back and won some really vital headers for us.
“I’m pleased for him because I had to make a decision and he was in my thoughts as to whether I should move him out of the starting XI and bring somebody else in.”
Gray will hope both Hippolyte-Patrick and midfielder Brown can impress again this weekend when Hendon make the trip to Basingtstoke.
The Dragons currently find themselves in the lower reaches of the table and have lost their last four in the league.
The Greens will be hoping to extend Basingstoke’s losing run by claiming all three points on Saturday.