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Hendon FC
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
Tue 3 Feb 19:45 - Cup Full time Attendance 87

Cup run ends for Beavers

The Beavers said farewell to the Robert Dyas League Cup on a pitch that wasn't that unlike Beveree in places, but gave a good account of themselves.

On a cold night in south Harrow, Alan Dowson took the opportunity to give some of the other players a start and give his regulars a rest but traffic on the roads to Earlsmead meant he had to ask Charlie Moone to start as Ben Hunt was stuck and arrived 10 minutes before kick off.

On a heavy pitch, the Beavers made a decent start and on 14 minutes, Moone managed to find a half yard or so of space to turn into but his shot was pushed clear by McNamara and cleared to safety.

His forward partner, Julian Owusu had a shot himself just a couple of minutes later, but once again McNamara was able to save.

In terms of chances, the Beavers were well in the game and before 20 minutes had passed, Ben Osman's clever free kick cleared the wall and brought another diving save from McNamara.

This couldn't last and the hosts started to impose themselves on the game, and not long after Osman's free kick, Dave Diedhiou's shot from the edge of the box flew just past Mark Smith's left hand post.

Just before the half hour, Hendon should have opened the scoring and James Fisher's shot had Smith beaten, but on the goal-line, Marcus Johnson-Schuster was able to hack the ball away to safety.

With just 5 minutes to go, Smith had to pull off another great save as Hendon's Leon Smith cleverly shot over his shoulder from about 12 yards, the young Brentford keeper having the throw himself to his right to palm the ball away for a corner.

After the interval, Smith could do nothing however about Hendon's goal. Diedhiou was released into space down the right, his cross was met about 10 yards out by Kezie Ibe as he cut across the defender, and the glancing header left Smith stranded at his near post.

The energy dropped out of the game, despite the efforts of the Beavers, and it wasn't until the 81st minute that there was another chance for Hampton, and for 6 inches, it could have changed the nature of the game.

Julian Owusu and Ben Hunt combined well at the edge of the box and Owusu's shot evaded McNamara, but it struck the inside of the post and rolled into the path of a defender, who was able to punt it away at the second attempt.


Hendon (0) 1
Ibe 49'

Hampton & Richmond (0) 0

Att 87


Hendon: 1 Ben McNamara, 2 Dave Diedhiou, 3 Tony Taggart (Max McCann 62'), 4 Charlie Goode, 5 Elliott Brathwaite, 6 Kevin Maclaren, 7 Andre Da Costa, 8 James Fisher (Peter Dean 45'), 9 Leon Smith, 10 Kezie Ibe (Aaron Morgan 69'), 11 Casey Maclaren
Subs: 12 Peter Dean, 13 Aaron Morgan, 14 Chris Seeby, 15 Lee O'Leary, 16 Max McCann

Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Marcus Johnson-Schuster, 3 George Wells, 4 James Richmond, 5 Kieran Murphy, 6 Saheed Sankoh (Jake Rose 77'), 7 Paris Mason (Archy Nkumu 68'), 8 Ben Osman, 9 Charlie Moone (Ben Hunt 46'), 10 Julian Owusu, 11 Tom Collins

Subs: 12 Jerome Federico, 14 Ben Hunt, 15 Jake Rose, 16 Archy Nkumu, 17 Liam Beach

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