FA Cup: Hendon hope to build on big win with success against Bostik Premier rivals Wingate & Finchley

PUBLISHED: 18:00 01 September 2017

Niko Muir was the hat-trick hero for Hendon in their Bostik Premier triumph against Harrow Borough on Monday (pic: DBeechPhotography)

Niko Muir was the hat-trick hero for Hendon in their Bostik Premier triumph against Harrow Borough on Monday (pic: DBeechPhotography)

Derek Beech

Greens head into cup clash on the back of a 6-0 win against Harrow Borough in league

Hendon head into their FA Cup tie with fellow Bostik Premier side Wingate & Finchley on Saturday in buoyant mood following the 6-0 hammering of then league leaders Harrow Borough on Bank Holiday Monday with the help of Nico Muir’s second hat-trick of the season.

The Greens came into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss at Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday, with Phil Kelly’s last-minute strike denying Gary McCann’s side their first point on their travels after Keagan Cole had cancelled out Billy Hunt’s opener.

They dominated from start to finish at Silver Jubilee Park and took the lead inside the first minute through Matt Ball as he lashed the ball past Melvin Minter following good build-up play from Reis Stanislaus and Cole.

One soon became two on six minutes when Muir netted the first of his treble as he slotted an effort in between the legs of former Greens keeper Minter.

Muir doubled his tally on 16 minutes when some more poor defending from the visitors presented the striker with another chance and he made no mistake.

Tom Lovelock was a spectator in the Greens goal and Muir went home with his second matchball in four games when beating the offside trap and slotting past Minter to make it 4-0 six minutes before half time.

Harrow improved after the break, but couldn’t find a way past Lovelock and they made it 5-0 with a well-worked team goal which saw Zak Joseph net his first goal for the club.

Muir turned provider for number six on 79 minutes as he played the ball into the path of Cole who netted for a third successive game to seal the impressive victory and move McCann’s charges up to fifth place in the league and maintain their 100 per cent winning league record at Silver Jubilee Park.

Wingate, managed by Keith Rowland, come into the Cup tie just one place below the Greens in the Bostik Premier table after a 5-0 demolition of Staines Town on Monday, with Sean Cronin scoring twice along with goals from Spencer McCall, Affy Obafemi and Luke Ifil, so it could well be a high-scoring affair on Saturday.

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