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Bostik Premier: Hendon return to play-off push at home to Merstham after Middlesex Senior Cup triumph

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 April 2018

Hendon celebrate their Middlesex Senior Cup win (pic DBeechPhotography)

Hendon celebrate their Middlesex Senior Cup win (pic DBeechPhotography)

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Greens beat Staines Town to win silverware in midweek

Hendon will want to strengthen their hopes of a top-five finish in the Bostik Premier with all three points at home to Merstham on Saturday.

The Greens host the Moatsiders this weekend at the slightly earlier time of 2.30pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Gary McCann’s men are currently only in the top five by a point, and know a victory on Saturday is highly important.

Hendon will head into the game full of confidence, though, having won the Middlesex Senior Cup on Tuesday night, beating divisional rivals Staines Town on penalties.

The game ended goalless after 90 minutes, but only after a fantastic triple save from Greens stopper Tom Lovelock late on.

In a high-quality shootout, Sam Murphy, Josh Walker, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Daniel Uchechi and Niko Muir all scored from 12 yards for McCann’s men.

It meant that when Lovelock kept out Elliott Buchanan’s spot kick for the Massive, the Silver Jubilee Park outfit won the cup.

The shootout success saw Hendon claim their first Middlesex Senior Cup since 2004 and the final win followed a goalless draw in the league at Kingstonian last Saturday.

The Greens will hope to get back on the scoresheet this Saturday as they look for a first league win in three matches to shore up their place in the top five.

McCann’s men last played Merstham in the league as recently as March 13, when the teams drew 1-1 at the Moatside Stadium.

Muir had opened the scoring for the Silver Jubilee Park outfit in that game, converting a penalty in the 20th minute.

However, the Moatsiders were level 19 minutes later when Simon Cooper found the target.

With no further goals, the two sides shared the spoils, but Hendon will be gunning for all three points this Saturday.

The clash with Merstham also represents a final home league game of the season for the Greens this term.

McCann’s men have been in good form in the league on their own turf this season, losing just three of their 22 games at Silver Jubilee Park to date, winning 13.

Hendon will hope they collect home league win number 14 this Saturday.

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