Brady two good for Hornets
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Brady B made it two out of two, with the Division Two champions keeping a clean sheet at Rowley Lane.
It had been a long, football-barren summer for the fans of Brady, but beaches and sangria were the last things on the minds of the loyal supporters as they flocked through the turnstiles and Rowley Lane this morning. The home side failed to illuminate the first half, with a drab affair being matched only by the drab weather, with both sides perhaps suffering from the results of over indulgence at the post-Yom Kippur dinner. The men in red had the better of proceedings, with youngster Reiss Mogilner and new signing Simon Moses being foiled by wayward shooting and smart goalkeeping. At the other end, fit-again Brady keeper Dan Korn was a veritable spectator as his goal remained unthreatened, save for a couple of set pieces lofted into the box.
Though Brady's midfielders toiled against a resilient Hendon back line in the first 45, in the opening seconds of the second half Brady unlocked the game.
In an inspired moment of Mourinho-esque tactical astuteness, Brady's management brought Jimmy Winton on to feature on the left of a four-man midfield, and it was the substitute who broke the deadlock. After being played in down the left hand side, Winton slotted low and hard past the keeper, cueing cheers from the relieved home crowd.
Brady failed to fully seize the initiative despite taking the lead and they began to invite pressure as Hendon spent time in and around their penalty box. Though no clear-cut chances were created, Hendon managed to consistently exert a great deal of pressure on the Brady backline. However, in spite of this pressure, Brady looked the most likely to score, mainly due to their pace on the break.
The men in red's closest chance to extend their lead came from the unlikeliest of sources. Buccaneering full back Benjy Hildebrand marauded forward, and his cross-cum-shot from the left flank bamboozled the goalkeeper, and the ball sailed over his head, skimming the crossbar as Brady agonisingly failed to extend their lead.
Brady's hold on the game remained tenuous, and their lead fragile, as the visitors piled forward. However, the red men held firm, and the fledgling central defensive partnership between Henry Ziff and Jason Davis never looked like buckling.
With minutes to go, Brady's counter-attacking prowess paid off. They broke in numbers, with the ball falling to the prolific Mogilner, whose deflected shot from outside the box looped over the Hendon keeper, completing the victory.
Brady manager Josh Dagul told JC Sport: "It was not our best performance, far from it in fact. Hendon were a resilient side and it took time and effort to break them down. Once we did, our intensity dropped slightly, but at the end of the day we did enough to get a valuable three points. Not a game for the neutral."