Muir Hat Trick Seals Three Points For Hendon
Town came away from Silver Jubilee Park both pointless and goalless last night after their first away league fixture.
It is fair to say that Hendon were the superior team for the first half an hour at both ends of the pitch. Our opponents were sharper up front with some fine inter-play and defensively coped well against the efforts of Gabriel, Roberts and Blake.
Hendon's first goal came after only 7 minutes when a through-ball to Nicko Muir gave the striker a shooting opportunity, which he took well, firing across Joe Wright and into his right corner of the net from eight yards out.
Hendon continued to dominate and doubled their lead after 22 minutes. Smart inter-play between Muir and Cole enabled the latter to see his shot come back off the post, a short scramble ensued but it was Muir who reacted best to score his 2nd of the night from 6 yards out.
Town reacted with Blackman, Roberts and Parcell combining after 24 minutes but the latter could only shoot wide. Meagan Cole also shot wide from the edge of the box after a 1-2 with Joseph on the half hour. In another attack, a long ball from Rumens found Roberts in some space but his shot was struck tamely at the home keeper.
Town finished the half better with a flurry of goal attempts as they looked to reduce the deficit. Young, Parcell, Higgs and Gabriel all could and should have given Hendon a more difficult time from their efforts, however, it was Joe Wright who denied Uchechi on the stroke of half time when he worked his way through the Town defence.
Town started the second half better and were given a chance to claw themselves back into the game in the 50th minute when Ryan Blake was chopped down by a mistimed tackle. To compound matters, Drew Robert's spot kick was comfortably saved and 2 minutes later Hendon rubbed salt into the Town wound when some poor defending allowed Hendon's star man Muir to complete his hat-trick.
Andy Leese immediately made a triple substitution in the 53rd minute; off came Higgs, Blackman and Roberts, to be replaced by Greene, Thomas and Wales. The game was now wide open with both sides attacking each other's back line, Town trying to salvage something from the game and Hendon looking to increase their lead further. The home side may have extended their lead, but for immense efforts of Joe Wright, who pulled-off three super stops - Muir twice and Ochechi when it appeared a certain fourth would be conceded.
Town went closer still. Aaron Greene's 25 yard shot hitting the post and Parcell unable to guide the ball into a gaping goal in the 73rd. With the clock winding down, Young shot over the bar from 20 yards and Parcell skewed his shot wide after receiving a long ball by Rumen.
FT: Hendon 3-0 Enfield Town
A disappointing trip to our North London rivals. Suffice to say Andy Leese and the supporters will be looking for a response from the players with a big improvement on Saturday, when we welcome Metropolitan Police to Donkey Lane.
Owing to an issue with the delivery of last night's match programmes, they were not available to supporters at the ground. We are pleased to provide an electronic copy for supporters to download here
Tom Lovelock, Jake Eggleton, Sam Murphy, Luke Tingey (Dave Diedhiou, 46), Rian Bray, Arthur Lee, Keagan Cole, Matt Ball (Reis Stanislaus, 69), Zack Joseph, Niko Muir (Kezie Ibe, 79), Daniel Uchechi
Unused Subs: Cameron Currie, Leo Pedro
Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Danny Rumens, Taylor McKenzie, Darren Purse, Jack Higgs (Steve Wales, 56), Ryan Blackman (Aaron Greene, 56), Sam Youngs, Drew Roberts (Simon Thomas,56), Ryan Blake, Ralston Gabriel.
Unused Subs: Rob Bartley, John Kyriacou