Dons get Stain on their record
PUBLISHED: 17:09 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:27 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DEFENSIVE blunders cost Hendon a share of the spoils in a 2-0 defeat against promotion-chasing Staines Town on Saturday. With the Greens firmly rooted in the bottom four of the Ryman Premier League, Gary McCann's side desperately needed...
DEFENSIVE blunders cost Hendon a share of the spoils in their crunch game against promotion-chasing Staines Town on Saturday.
With the Greens firmly rooted in the bottom four of the Ryman Premier League, Gary McCann's side desperately needed a solid performance against the team 17 places above them.
Instead, Hendon never got going, and a combination of dreadful marking and disastrous goalkeeping from Will Viner gifted Staines two second-half goals.
With Harry Hunt, Mark Kirby and Craig Varges all injured in last week's defeat at Wealdstone, Hendon gave a start to new signing to Peter Dean, while Marc Leach was welcomed back from suspension.
Staines, unbeaten since November, were on top from the first minute, and with the visitor's multitude of attacking options, goals were always likely.
Viner made an excellent stop to deny Scott Taylor on 12 minutes, as the Greens stumbled through the opening stages, finding little joy against a solid defence.
Hendon's keeper pulled off another excellent save to keep out Leroy Griffiths, and Newton missed from close range as the Swans pressed before half-time.
Eight minutes into the second half, the visitors finally made the breakthrough they deserved. As a rare Hendon attack broke down, Staines countered quickly and fed the ball to Newton, who attoned for his earlier miss with a confident finish.
Rocked by the goal, Hendon's misery was compounded less than two minutes later when Viner handed Staines their second.
Receiving a back-pass from Marc Leach, the goalkeeper took one too many touches and saw his kick charged down by Taylor. Unable to recover, Viner was helpless as Taylor fed Butler, who simply tapped into an open goal.
Staines were then guilty of sitting back and allowing Hendon to belatedly enjoy their best spell of the game.
On 63 minutes, the Greens had their first meaningful shot on goal, as Dean slammed a shot into the side netting.
Brian Haule had by this point replaced Glenn Garner up front, and Hendon made their final two changes with 18 minutes to go, as Lubo Guentchev and Kevin Maclaren replaced the disappointing Sam Byfield and James Bent.
Haule might have set up a grandstand finish when he met a cross five yards out but, with the whole of the goal to aim at, he planted his header over the bar. It would have been little more than a consolation for Hendon, who were in truth well beaten.
"Two defensive errors cost us, we gave them two gift-wrapped errors for their goals," admitted Hendon manager Gary McCann. "They don't make mistakes and I thought they shaded the game.
"We got into the game in the final 25 minutes but their defence looked very solid."
Hendon: Viner, Burgess, Collins, Leach, Parker, Busby, Bent (K Maclaren), O'Leary, Garner (Haule), Dean, Byfield (Guentchev). Unused sub: Vargas.
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