Hendon broke the hearts of the travelling Hillians with the last kick of the game to thwart a gallant fight back from a spirited Hillians team in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Ian Chapman made two changes to the team defeated on Tuesday night defeat giving Charlie Bennett is first start in the Bostik Premier League and Max Huxter returning in goal. Tony Garrod started his second game up front and was always a threat to the home team but like last week the Hillians struggled to retain possession to be an attacking threat. Hendon were having the better first half and scored in the 45th minute after sustained pressure on Huxter’s goal.
The second half saw the Sussex side use Rodriguez and Harding’s pace on either wing to more effect and with young Charlie Bennet impressing in midfield the home side were stretched on a number of occasions. Rodriguez was replaced by Smith Joseph and his pace and power had an immediate effect. Two further changes in the last 10 minutes saw McKenzie and Pat Harding replace O’Neill and Garrod and with minutes left some good ‘interplay’ down the left side released Smith – Joseph who beat his full back and deliver a low cross for Lee Harding to ‘slot’ home from six yards. From the restart the resurgent Hillians pressed the home team in there own half, and McKenzie found Pat Harding in the box who turned and shot into the bottom corner.
With the game now well into added time the home team were awarded a free kick after a Javeral foul outside the 18 yard box and Zak Joseph’s shot beat the wall and Huxter in the Hillians goal.
A thrilling end to a fine Hillians performance that could have been a fine away win but was still a well earned point to a good Hendon team.
MoM – Charlie Bennett.