Re: Hendon away
It was great to snatch a result right at the death like that, especially with such a fantastic strike. However I felt Hendon put us to shame with their commitment and determination after going a goal down with ten men, not only to refuse to accept defeat but also to push for all three points after equalising. perhaps inevitably they sat a bit deeper after taking the lead, which ultimately allowed us to make a fight back of our own.
There's a bit of something missing from this season's Hamlet team compared to the last two seasons, and it was exposed in the sxeond half yesterday. I feel we rely very heavily upon three players for on-field leadership: Forbes, Carew, James. If one or more of those is missing we're vulnerable to sides who press us and force us back in our own half. Only Carew of that trio started yesterday, and for the first half he pulled the strings in midfield as we looked the better side, supported by Dixon, and with Jarrentt and Wanadio stretching Hendon on the flanks, and Vidal looking livelier than of late. Hendon looked ordinary in that first half, or possibly just jaded by their heavy schedule of late.
Terrific goal by Vidal to give us the lead, but after that Hendon seemed to want it a lot more than us, and we began to look clueless. The goals we conceded were shocking considering our numerical advantage. The first one their centre back ran the ball into our box more or less unchallenged from the halfway line until our centre forward, creditably tracking right back, brought him down for the penalty; but where was our spare man? Why weren't any of our midfielders or defenders paying attention to this threat? The second goal was just as bad, as a forward got in at the far post completely unmarked for a free header. So that was at least two of our players daydreaming and not picking anyone up.
We have shown gumption in adversity at times, notably at Maidstone where we fought out the draw with ten men, and at home to Hampton when we took the game to them with ten men and regained the lead before conceding another equaliser right at the death, and at home to Margate when we came from behind to win with half our strongest side unavailable, but assuming we do make the play offs we're really going to have to up our game to make any impact at all.