Cats edge out Hustlers

By Danny Caro, February 24, 2014

1 - 2

Catford and Bromley Macc.

Gabriel John
Match date:
2 March 2014 10:30am
West Hendon Playing Fields
M De La Fuente

Catford's promotion push continues as Gabriel John and Tom Prevezer saw them home in a scrappy encounter.

With numerous players missing for both teams it was a real slog, very low on quality but played in a good spirit. There was little to choose between the sides in the first half, until a Catford corner found its way straight into the net.

Hendon's hopes of taking something from the game took a huge blow early in the secnd half as they fell further behind, but they were well on top for the final half an hour after Joni Kleiman pulled one back with his third goal in two games.

Despite mounting pressure towards the end, Hendon were unable to force an equaliser leaving manager Glekin disappointed, but also encouraged by the character his side showed.

Cats captain Adam Luria told JC Sport: "From our point of view, it was great to get the win with a massively depleted side and for us to have some less regular players come in and give everything to get three points.

"Also pleasing was the fact that, after conceding at 2-0 up, we didn't capitulate under pressure as we did last week. Hendon, to their credit, put us on the back foot late on, especially after we went down to 10 men with nearly 15 to go, due to Jeff Gotch's pressing party arrangements. We ended with players dead on their feet, as did Hendon but we managed to hold on."

Glekin told JC Sport: "We were down to the bare bones today - we had 11 men out there, several of whom had injuries and were short of fitness.

"I cannot fault the effort we showed, we deserved a draw at the very least from the game - which to be honest wasn't a great spectacle.

"Unfortunately we just didn't have enough craft or guile in the final third to break down a decent Catford defence."