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1st Team - Match centre

Leiston
Hendon
J Marsden (70')
Full time
Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 617

Blues 1 Hendon 2

Blues beaten but play off bound

The Blues ended their regular season with a defeat but have still secured a play off place for the first time ever in a MATCH SPONSORED BY BEACH VIEW HOLIDAY PARK. In front of a season best attendance (617) Hendon secured the points with a fourth straight win over the Blues thanks to two quick fire goals midway through the second half. Substitute Joe Marsden reduced the arrears and despite sustained Blues pressure Hendon held on to claim third spot and a home semi final against Folkestone Invicta while the Blues finished fifth and will travel to face Dulwich Hamlet on Thursday.

The match was an absorbing contest throughout, with the visitors victory seeing them finish in third place, meaning they will have home advantage against Folkestone Invicta in the semi-finals. Blues captain Tom Bullard was fit enough to start, having had four stitches in his knee after Tuesday night’s fixture while Chris Henderson came back into the squad after missing the midweek victory over Needham Market through injury. It was the home side who had the first chance. Patrick Brothers’ pass found Jake Reed whose delivery into the penalty area found Christy Finch but he couldn’t convert. Kyle Hammond’s corner was nervously punched away by away custodian Tom Lovelock and Tom Bullard’s effort was deflected over the crossbar. Casey Maclaren headed at Marcus Garnham moments later, while Garnham also saved Josh Walker’s strike. Jake Reed shot wide while Matt Blake was thwarted by Lovelock’s feet as the Blues striker raced clear into the Hendon box. Marcus Garnham saved excellently from Daniel Uchechi and late in the first half, an alert Byron Lawrence freed Christy Finch but he put his attempt wide of Lovelock’s left hand post.

The second half resumed with Hendon's Ashley Nathaniel-George twice shooting over in a matter of minutes, the second effort just inches wide. The home side should have taken the lead just before the hour mark. A flowing move released Matt Blake down the left flank and he provided the perfect pull back into the box for Christy Finch but he placed his shot wide of the goal. Patrick Brothers then fired just wide of Lovelock's goal as the home side started to turn the pressure before Marcus Garnham was called into action, flying across his goal to turn away Uchechi's free kick. But on 62 minutes Hendon broke the deadlock. Nathaniel-George picked up the ball on the left and cut inside to a central position before finishing brilliantly into Marcus Garnham’s top left hand corner. About a minute later the Blues were stunned as the visitors doubled their advantage, Uchechi with the neat finish after some clever build up play from the visitors. The Blues fought back strongly and seven minutes later were back in the contest when substitute Joe Marsden’s cross-cum-shot from the right evaded Lovelock and it found the net via his left hand post. Suddenly Leiston were in the ascendancy and with ten minutes remaining a rasping drive from Byron Lawrence was superbly tipped onto the bar by Lovelock. Jake Reed saw a header flash wide in the closing stages before Joe Marsden saw a right wing corner crash onto the bar and away to safety. This was the last action of a great game with both sides celebrating an end of season play off place.

FT - Blues 1 Hendon 2

Blues - Garnham, Hammond, Dunbar, Ainsley, Jefford, Bullard, Lawrence, Blake (Marsden 66 mins), Reed, Finch (Henderson 66 mins), Brothers (Docherty 79 mins). Subs not used - Mills and Eagle.

Hendon - Lovelock, Hammond, Sprague, Tingey, Bray, Maclaren (Ball 88 mins), Uchechi, Murphy, Walker (Cole 88 mins), Muir (Joseph 82 mins), Nathaniel-George. Subs not used - Eggleton and Currie.

Match Sponsors BEACH VIEW HOLIDAY PARK Man of the Match - Patrick Brothers

Attendance - 617

Patrick Brothers

Player of the Match

Patrick Brothers

Key moments

70:00
Goal Joe Marsden scores for Leiston

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Patrick Brothers is awarded player of the match for Leiston
79:00 Sub On
Dominic Docherty is substituted on for Leiston
79:00 Sub Off
Patrick Brothers is substituted off for Leiston
70:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Marsden scores for Leiston
67:00 Sub On
Chris Henderson is substituted on for Leiston
67:00 Sub Off
Christy Finch is substituted off for Leiston
66:00 Sub On
Joe Marsden is substituted on for Leiston
66:00 Sub Off
Matt Blake is substituted off for Leiston
58:00 Yellow Card
Jack Ainsley is yellow carded for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Leiston
  • Hendon
  • 0
  • Jack Ainsley Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Joe Marsden Sub On 66:00'
  • Matt Blake Sub Off 66:00'
  • Chris Henderson Sub On 67:00'
  • Christy Finch Sub Off 67:00'
  • Joe Marsden Goal 70:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub On 79:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub Off 79:00'

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Other Premier Division results

Billericay Town
2
2
Folkestone Invicta
Dorking Wanderers
8
0
Lowestoft Town
1
1
Margate
0
1
Wingate & Finchley
3
2
Burgess Hill Town
4
0
Needham Market
Merstham
1
1
2
0
Tooting & Mitcham United
Staines Town
5
2

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Billericay Town 46 99
2. Dulwich Hamlet 46 95
3. Hendon 46 85
4. Folkestone Invicta 46 85
5. Leiston 46 79
6. Leatherhead 46 79
7. Margate 46 77

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