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FA Trophy: Hendon hope run does not end at home to Bath City

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 December 2017

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

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Greens host Romans at Silver Jubilee park on Saturday

Bostik Premier promotion hopefuls Hendon are chasing an FA Trophy shock when they host Bath City in the first round on Saturday.

The Greens welcome the National League South outfit to Silver Jubilee Park this weekend, with the hosts gunning for an upset.

Gary McCann’s men will be buoyant heading into the match, having beaten Hanwell Town on penalties in the London Senior Cup.

Hendon had raced into 2-0 lead at half time thanks to a brace from Zak Joseph, one of which was a free kick.

Just 17 minutes into the second half, though, the Greens were behind as the Geordies flew out of the traps following the restart.

With nine minutes remaining in the match, McCann’s men drew level when a Town player turned the ball into his own net.

With the scores level, the match headed to penalties to decide who would progress to the quarter-finals.

After Harly Wise, Kezie Ibe, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Daniel Uchechi, Niko Muir and Dave Diedhiou scored for Hendon, keeper Dan Purdue saved a spot kick to send the Greens through.

It was a welcome result for the Silver Jubilee Park outfit after they lost 3-2 at Margate in the Bostik Premier on Saturday.

After falling behind, Hendon went into half time level at 1-1 thanks to Josh Walker’s 31st-minute goal.

The Gate scored twice in the second half to regain the lead, and though Dave Diedhiou pulled one back in the 78th minute for the Greens, it was not enough.

The result saw McCann’s men slip out of the play-off places and down to seventh in the table.

Attention, though, now switches to the FA Trophy, with Hendon in the first round for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.

The past two seasons had seen the Greens fail to progress past the first qualifying round, so to come through three stages to reach the competition proper this term is already a fine achievement.

With £6,000 available in prize money for winners of ties in the first round, Hendon will hope their run in the FA Trophy does not come to an end just yet.

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