Hendon pass Scholars test to triumph in FA Cup replay
PUBLISHED: 11:20 12 September 2012
Hendon finally gained their first win of the season as they eased through Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at Potters Bar Town with a 3-0 win.
Although Scholars goalkeeper Ed Thompson made superb saves to keep out Dean Cracknell and Scott Shulton, the home side were completely on top for most of the first half hour.
Hendon’s jittery defence struggled to clear their lines and, despite fielding only one man up front in Michael Murray, the midfield could not hold onto the ball either.
Rather against the run of play, the Greens took the lead in the 31st minute when Shulton ran forward and drilled an angled low drive across Thompson into the bottom corner.
Thompson kept his team in the game with a brave save at Murray’s feet two minutes after the restart, but he could do nothing about Cracknell’s drive midway through the second half that all but sealed the tie.
In stoppage time, man of the match Darren Currie – who teased and tormented everyone along Town’s right-hand side – played a short pass into the path of substitute Jack Mazzone, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Hendon will now face Ryman League Premier Division rivals Lewes in the second qualifying round at Vale Farm.
Neighbours Wealdstone are also at home in the next round – they must take on their play-off conquerors from last season, Lowestoft Town.
The Stones will be holding a ‘Meet the Manager and Chairman’ night, which is open to everyone, in the Aquarium Bar on Wednesday September 19.
Fans will have the opportunity to quiz manager Gordon Bartlett and chairman Howard Krais - as well as having their own say - from 7.45pm.
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