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Hendon boss Gary McCann left dejected by Tonbridge loss

PUBLISHED: 09:07 05 April 2017

Hendon manager Gary McCann. Picture: DBEECHPHOTOGRAPHY

Hendon manager Gary McCann. Picture: DBEECHPHOTOGRAPHY

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A late and disputed winner for Tonbridge Angels gave them a 2-1 win over Hendon - and left Greens' boss Gary McCann devastated.

The loss drops Hendon to second from bottom of the Ryman League Premier Division with four games to go, although they are just three points adrift.

Matt Ball had fired them into a first-half lead before the Angels fought back in the second period.

But it was the manner of the winning goal that was the main cause of McCann’s dejection.

A shot from Andre McCollin with just four minutes remaining forced Hendon goalkeeper Tom Lovelock to dive full-length to stop it crossing the line, something the assistant referee said he didn’t do.

McCann said: “I was devastated by the result. Tom Lovelock is adamant the whole ball didn’t cross all of the line, though he did admit that most of it was over the line. Sam Murphy was also on the line and he was just as certain.

“This was a game that we did not deserve to lose. A draw would have been a much fairer result as both teams had chances.

“On balance, I thought we probably had the better chances, they were spread amongst the team and we really needed to take one of them to take the game away from [Tonbridge].

“I thought we had our set-up absolutely right. But I felt that we desperately needed a second goal, ideally before they equalised and we had good chances to do that.

“No complaints from me in regards to the attitude and effort from all of the players. I have been trying to put together a squad like this all season and last. It has taken me longer than I would have liked to get the right balance. We are as strong now as we have been for a couple of seasons.

“I have been telling the players that we have to quickly turn the page after every game in this run, win or lose. The players will have to show great mental strength after what happened on Saturday, but I have full confidence that they will be able to do it.

“Saturday’s game at Folkestone is absolutely massive for us, just as it is for them.”

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