Hendon win 4-3 on penalties
Wingate and Finchley were defeated in cruel fashion on Monday as Hendon ran out 4-3 winners on penalties after the sides couldn’t be separated in 90 minutes. In somewhat surprising circumstances, a young Wingate team went 2-0 up early on and held the lead until late in the second half when Hendon mounted a comeback which was completed in injury time.
The first chance of the match fell to Ricardo Price when Ned Clarke whipped a wicked cross into the box after exchanging passes with Ben Pattie, and Price tapped in at the back post to give Wingate the lead with just four minutes gone. Despite Hendon nearly getting back into the match through a Matthew Ball curler, the second goal came only 10 minutes after the first.
Nathan Mavila found space on the left and crossed low into the box, before Pattie converted a powerful finish into the bottom left corner to double the Blues’ advantage. The remainder of the first half was somewhat devoid of opportunities for either side, although Ball twice saw his free kicks fly wide for Hendon.
However, 8 minutes into the second half, Wingate had the most clear-cut chance of the match. Price showed strength to beat his man before bursting down the left and playing a ball across to Isaac Ebelebe. With no defenders around him, Ebelebe opted to shoot when he had Clarke in support however he was denied by Tom Lovelock.
Despite the spirited Wingate performance, Hendon’s experience ultimately shone through as they mounted a late comeback. There was a sign of things to come – Reuben Rabstein was forced into a great double save, both from close range.
Hendon’s first came with just under 20 minutes to go. Daniel Uchechi struck a powerful strike across Rabstein from inside the area and the comeback was completed when Oliver Sprague’s shot from distance found its way into the far corner.
Penalties followed and misses from Clarke and Luke Alfano for Wingate allowed Hendon to take advantage and run out 4-3 winners – a cruel blow for Dean Barker’s young side however a performance to be immensely proud of against the league leaders.
WingateTV: Dean Barker and Carl Pearce post Hendon: HERE
Report by Jamie Grossman