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Harlow Town
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Unknown (51' Pen, 54', 89', 90' Sent Off)
Sat 30 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 256

Hawks punished by mistakes

Harlow Town succumbed to defeat despite being on top for large periods of the game, with individual errors again proving costly.

The first half was an even affair with neither side able to carve an opening, but two quick-fire goals soon after the restart gave Hendon the advantage. Niko Muir took the lead from the penalty spot, and then added a second with a good turn and finish inside the box.

Harlow were on top for most of the second half but couldn’t find the breakthrough to get back into the game. Muir was gifted an opportunity for his hat-trick thanks to a late defensive mix-up, before Casey Maclaren saw red in added time.

The Hawks can count themselves unlucky not to have got on the scoresheet, but they will be left to lick their wounds after a second home defeat of the week.

The two sides were sizing each other up early in the game, and despite 18 league places between the sides they were matched for most of the first half.

Junior Dadson saw an effort blocked at the back post for Harlow Town, before Hendon had a shot of their own blocked by Fabion Simms to deny Keagan Cole. Cole then saw another chance go begging when he skied a shot from the edge of the area.

David Hughes was called into action to deny Hendon’s Niko Muir, when he dived to parry a shot despite being unsighted with the ball coming through a tangle of legs.

The best chance of the half fell to Hendon Muir crossed into the danger area, but with the goal gaping Cole somehow missed the ball completely and then put the follow-up effort over.

HT: Harlow Town 0-0 Hendon

Soon after the break the visitors went ahead. Jared Small was caught out at the back and after a tangle of legs the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Niko Muir blasted into the top corner from 12 yards to take the lead.

Muir found the net again three minutes later when he made space inside the box to turn and rifle a shot past David Hughes from 10 yards out, piling the misery on the Hawks defence.

Harlow looked to bounce back as they controlled the final 30 minutes and created a series of good chances. Alex Read laid off to Junior Dadson, but his shot was parried away by Tom Lovelock.

Read then went close himself when a corner was cleared to him on the edge of the area, and he got over the ball to volley it just wide of the post.

Toby Ajala swung in a free kick across goal that just evaded Alex Read and Kezie Ibe in the middle of the area, with just the smallest of touches needed to deflect the ball into the net.

Ajala burst into the box to shoot across goal, but Lovelock reacted well to save. Junior Dadson then cut in from the left as the Hawks attacked again, only to see his curling effort graze the upright.

Time ran out for the Hawks, and in the final minute of normal time Muir sealed his hat-trick. Harlow keeper David Hughes came off his line to clear, but after a defensive mix-up the ball ran clear and Muir bundled home past the defender on the line.

Hendon‘s victory was soured in added time as substitute Casey Maclaren was shown a needless straight red card for a scuffle on the floor after he had been fouled, but the visitors had already done enough to leave the Hawks without a point to show for their efforts.

HT: Harlow Town 0-3 Hendon

The Hawks drop one place to 22nd in the league table with 24 points from 25 games.

Next up, Harlow Town travel to Thurrock on New Year’s Day for their next league match. Kick off is at 3pm.

Toby Ajala

Player of the Match

Toby Ajala

Key moments

Scored Penalty Penalty scored by Hendon
Goal Goal for Hendon
Goal Goal for Hendon
Red Card A player is sent off for Hendon


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90:00 Red Card 0 - 3
A player is sent off for Hendon
90:00 Player of the Match
Toby Ajala is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
89:00 Goal 0 - 3
Goal for Hendon
80:00 Sub Off
Jey Siva is substituted off for Harlow Town
80:00 Sub On
Tommie Fagg is substituted on for Harlow Town
69:00 Sub Off
Fabion Simms is substituted off for Harlow Town
69:00 Sub On
Charlie Edwards is substituted on for Harlow Town
57:00 Yellow Card
James Baker is yellow carded for Harlow Town
54:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Hendon
51:00 Yellow Card
Jared Small is yellow carded for Harlow Town
51:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Penalty scored by Hendon
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Harlow Town
  • Hendon
  • 0
  • Scored Penalty 51:00'
  • Jared Small Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Goal 54:00'
  • James Baker Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Fabion Simms Sub Off 69:00'
  • Charlie Edwards Sub On 69:00'
  • Jey Siva Sub Off 80:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub On 80:00'
  • Goal 89:00'
  • Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Baker, James Baker, James
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Ajala, Toby Ajala, Toby
Dadson, Junior Dadson, Junior
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Ibe, Kezie Ibe, Kezie
Read, Alex Read, Alex

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Folkestone Invicta
Burgess Hill Town
Tooting & Mitcham United
Wingate & Finchley
Needham Market
Lowestoft Town


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# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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