AC Whetstone vs Hendon United Sports C
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Strikes from Ezra Dulberg and the impressive Ben David helped Hendon C halt in-form AC Whetstone in a four-goal thriller.
In a match played in atrocious conditions, Whetstone and Hendon played out an entertaining draw which does little to help either sides hopes of pushing for the title.
Hendon were slow to get out of the blocks and it was no surprise when the home side took the lead, though the manner of the goal was somewhat unusual. A long clearance skidded off the wet surface, deceiving Hendon keeper Yaacov Goldin and flying into the net from all of 60-70 yards.
After an on the pitch battlecry from central midfielder David Elf, Hendon rallied and were rewarded shortly before half time when a corner broke loose to winger Dulberg. With his back to goal around 10 yards out, he audiciously backheeled the ball into the bottom corner of the net for his second goal in consecutive weeks.
Hendon continued to dominate the second half, and after magnificent work from Alex Elf, skinning three defenders, he put in an inch-perfect cross for David to slide home.
Hendon probed for a third but failed to take advantage of numerous set-pieces, and they were made to pay as Whetstone worked their way into the match in the last 20 minutes and grabbed a late equaliser.
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Hendon manager Adam Glekin said: "That's our third draw in six games, and I certainly feel we should have won two of those which is frustrating.
"The first 20 minutes simply wasn't good enough, but we showed character both individually and as a team to come back from that.
"Yak didn't let the mistake bother him and went on to have another good game, and after they scored we restricted them to virtually nothing for the next hour.
"I thought Ben David had one of his best games in a Hendon shirt, despite missing a sitter early on and he fully deserved his goal.
"We should have killed the game off at 2-1, but credit to Whetstone for coming back at us - for a young side, they surprised me with their physicality. They're a decent side and should do well in this league."
Whetstone joint-manager Clive Nathan told JC Sport: "This was not a game for the purists. Hendon were the most determined team we have played this season and we matched them in that.
"In tough conditions we tried to play decent football but it wasn't easy. Our keeper , Ben Pollins, was excellent. He played the sweeper role brilliantly and that thwarted the ball over the top. In fact all the boys played very well and showed great commitment to come back to claim a more than deserved draw."