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Hendon boss praises in form striker Leon Smith ahead of Dulwich Hamlet clash

PUBLISHED: 15:16 23 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:35 23 October 2014

Hendon striker Leon Smith

Hendon striker Leon Smith

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Hendon extended their unbeaten league record to 10 matches after coming from behind to pick up a point at home against Billericay Town on Monday.

The Dons had previously earned a thrilling 3-2 victory against second-placed promotion rivals Margate at Earlsmead on Saturday, with Leon Smith continuing his red-hot form and scoring all three of Hendon’s goals.

Gary McCann’s side then went behind after three minutes as they hosted Billericay on Monday night, but they levelled in the 16th minute when a Lee O’Leary shot that was going wide was deflected into the net by Ryan Scott.

Hendon were reduced to 10 men on the half-hour mark, with Elliott Brathwaite being dismissed – but Town’s Dylan Casey also got his marching orders around 15 minutes into the second period and honours ended even.

The draw leaves Hendon third in the table ahead of their trip to fourth-placed Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday, and McCann is looking forward to the challenge.

“Dulwich have started to find their rhythm and Gavin Rose has added some firepower since last season,” he said.

“It should be a good spectacle but we will be going there to show our worth and get a good result.”

Dulwich duo Xavier Vidal and Ethan Pinnock have caught the eye of Premier League scouts this season, but McCann is backing his in- form striker to cause problems for the Dulwich defence on Saturday.

He said: “Leon Smith’s hat-trick against Margate was outstanding He had three chances and scored three goals.”

With Casey Maclaren still recovering from surgery on his shoulder, defender Lewis Clark joined on work experience terms from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Meanwhile, Hendon chairman Simon Lawrence is keen for the club to secure matchday sponsorship.

He said: “In order for Gary McCann to have the best possible chance of achieving promotion, we urgently need to bring in some additional financial support.

“Match sponsors are needed for the majority of the club’s remaining home matches. Match sponsorship costs £150 and sponsors are entitled to up to 10 complimentary match tickets and programmes as well as boardroom hospitality, before, during and after the match.

“Sponsors’ names appear on the club website throughout the season and in the match programme and are announced on the tannoy.

“The future of Hendon Football Club has not been as exciting as this for a long time, with the real prospect of a move to Silver Jubilee Park as a Conference South club with rising gates and a thriving youth set-up. Sponsoring a match would help realise that future.”

If you would like to know more about match sponsorship or about other ways to partner with Hendon, please contact Lawrence by email at simon.hendon@btinternet.com or call him on 07976-907486.

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