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Busby brace clinches Greens' survival

PUBLISHED: 12:38 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:32 24 August 2010

Kevin Maclaren of Hendon

Kevin Maclaren of Hendon

By David Ballheimer HENDON guaranteed their Ryman League Premier Division safety with a 3-1 victory over Horsham that seemed an unlikely scenario until just before half-time. The Greens had barely been in the game and trailed to a 25th-minute goal from St

By David Ballheimer

HENDON guaranteed their Ryman League Premier Division safety with a 3-1 victory over Horsham that seemed an unlikely scenario until just before half-time.

The Greens had barely been in the game and trailed to a 25th-minute goal from Steve Davies, who was completely unmarked as Tony Nwachuku chased the ball to the goal-line and crossed it.

But the home side levelled two minutes from the break as Glenn Garner muscled his way in front of Horsham goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey, who pulled him down.

The reliable Jamie Busby smashed in the penalty - and the midfielder netted his second of the night to give Hendon the lead eight minutes after the interval.

Garner's vicious free-kick dipped in front of Tolfrey, who could only parry it and, although the initial follow-up was blocked, Busby's emphatic finish almost felled a spectator standing behind the net.

The Greens grew in confidence during the rest of the match, but it wasn't until two minutes into stoppage time that they made the game safe.

Kevin Maclaren's swerving drive from 25 yards was one of the goals of the season - and that enabled Hendon to relax for the first time in nine months.

The Greens complete their league campaign at home to Carshalton on Saturday and meet Croydon Athletic next Wednesday in the London Senior Cup final at Kingsmeadow Stadium (7.30pm).

Hendon: Viner, Burgess, Vargas, Kirby, Parker, Busby, K Maclaren, Garner (Bent 73), Dean (Haule 89), Hunt, Collins.


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