Green Agenda: A Hendon fan’s view of the draw with East Thurrock United

PUBLISHED: 15:50 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 25 November 2013

Hendon manager Gary McCann. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

Hendon manager Gary McCann. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk


I’m not quite sure how to feel about our 2-2 draw with East Thurrock United on Saturday.

On the one hand, it was disappointing to not win the game having been a goal up at half-time, but on the other, it was very pleasing to fight back to score the equaliser having gone a goal behind during the second half.

If truth be told, a draw was probably a fair reflection of the game. It wasn’t a pretty one to watch, and chances were at a premium for both sides.

The first half was pretty even overall, perhaps we edged it slightly. The first-half goal came almost on the stroke of half-time, with Lee O’Leary finishing off a fine team move for his first goal of the season.

It’s a goal that Lee has thoroughly deserved for his effort so far this season. It’s been great to have him back as a regular member of the midfield alongside Kevin Maclaren after all his injury problems over the past few years.

The start of the second half was very disappointing. East Thurrock equalised within five minutes of the restart, and our coach Junior Lewis summed it up perfectly when he was heard to shout “You’re still in the changing room!”.

East Thurrock had the better of the second period, and it wasn’t a huge surprise when they took the lead with 15 minutes to go after pouncing on a loose ball in front of goal.

However, the goal seemed to spur us into action, and there seemed to be a grim determination that we would get something out of the game.

With just over five minutes to go, Jefferson Louis headed the ball home for the equaliser, a goal that would secure a point, and keep our home unbeaten run going.

The games come thick and fast over the next few weeks. We play Canvey Island in the league this evening (Monday), and then Whitstable Town in the FA Trophy on Sunday.

We’ll need to make sure we’re on our game in both fixtures to ensure the season continues to head in the right direction.

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