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Sat 19 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 244

Second half woe for Hawks

Harlow Town failed to take advantage of their first half performance, conceding a 64th minute goal to go down to their third consecutive loss.

The Hawks dominated the opening 30 minutes, but the missed chances came back to haunt them when Keagan Cole scored a finely taken goal half way through the second period.

Harlow were unable to trouble the home stopper in a poor second half, with the third loss in a row leaving them searching for the first points of the campaign.

The game started brightly for the visitors and they went close to taking the lead after only four minutes. Syrus Gordon received the ball out wide, and cut inside before releasing a curled shot. The effort struck the bottom of the post and rebounded out of danger, signalling the start of a good phase for the Hawks.

Nigel Neita was a handful for the Hendon right back Jake Eggleton from the off, and beat him to deliver a tempting cross to the back post. Junior Dadson was there to guide the ball goalwards, but it was deflected wide.

Dave Diedhiou had the first real chance for the hosts when he latched onto a looped ball over the top, but from the tight angle he could only drag the effort across the face of goal.

Neita almost capitalised on a sloppy backpass from Hendon’s Eggleton, but ‘keeper Tom Lovelock was out quickly to just beat the winger to the ball and prevent a certain goal.

Junior Dadson’s forced Lovelock into a save from a header, but there wasn’t enough power to trouble the goalkeeper, before James Baker’s header was cleared away by Rian Bray.

Hendon’s best chance of the half came from midfielder Matt Ball. His shot was heading towards the top corner but Harlow goalkeeper Ben McNamara, who went straight into the starting line-up after signing during the week, dived impressively to push it around the post.

Just before the half time whistle, Jack Wilkinson worked well down the left to create space for the cross, and although Fabion Simms was in the box to volley, he couldn’t control it and it went harmlessly wide.

HT: Hendon 0-0 Harlow Town

In the second half Harlow were a shadow of the team that had created a host of chances in the first period, and as the match progressed the hosts upped their game.

Matt Ball’s drilled free kick was threatening, but McNamara saved well. A minute later he was called upon again when Hendon countered. Niko Muir was set to finish the move, but although he had the power he didn’t get the placement and it was direct at the Harlow stopper.

On 63 minutes the hosts went ahead. The ball was fed to Keagan Cole inside the area and he had time to pick his spot shoot low and in off the post to take the lead.

Harlow were struggling throughout the second half, but with five minutes remaining they had a final sight of goal. A neat one-two with Alex Read and Reece Dobson set up Xavier Vidal, but his goalbound shot was deflected away.

The hosts saw out the remainder of the half to inflict a third straight defeat at the start of the campaign.

FT: Hendon 1-0 Harlow Town

The Hawks face another tough game when next in action as Lowestoft Town are the visitors. Kick off is 3pm on Saturday 26th February.

Charlie Dickens

Player of the Match

Charlie Dickens


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90:00 Player of the Match
Charlie Dickens is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
79:00 Sub Off
Nigel Neita is substituted off for Harlow Town
79:00 Sub On
Reece Dobson is substituted on for Harlow Town
74:00 Sub Off
Syrus Gordon is substituted off for Harlow Town
74:00 Sub On
Xavier Vidal is substituted on for Harlow Town
60:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Dickens is yellow carded for Harlow Town
59:00 Sub Off
Junior Dadson is substituted off for Harlow Town
59:00 Sub On
Tommie Fagg is substituted on for Harlow Town
51:00 Yellow Card
Jimmy Shepherd is yellow carded for Harlow Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hendon
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Jimmy Shepherd Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Junior Dadson Sub Off 59:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub On 59:00'
  • Charlie Dickens Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Syrus Gordon Sub Off 74:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Sub On 74:00'
  • Nigel Neita Sub Off 79:00'
  • Reece Dobson Sub On 79:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Shepherd, Jimmy Shepherd, Jimmy
Wilkinson, Jack Wilkinson, Jack
Baker, James Baker, James
Dickens, Charlie Dickens, Charlie
Dadson, Junior Dadson, Junior
Neita, Nigel Neita, Nigel
Muguo, Stanley Muguo, Stanley
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Read, Alex Read, Alex

League round up

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Folkestone Invicta
Billericay Town
Lowestoft Town
Tooting & Mitcham United
Needham Market
Wingate & Finchley
Staines Town
Dorking Wanderers


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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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