Hendon too hot for Loughton to handle
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Wadham Road, Wathamstow E17
Hendon C cruised to their first win of the season with an easy victory over Loughton in Walthamstow.
Alex Elf, Ezra Duisberg and Ben David were the goal-scoring heroes for Hendon.
After a fairly even start, Hendon took the lead when a long ball from James Neidle released the deadly Elf, who showed both strength and composure to hold off the Orient centre back before stroking home.
It was 2-0 shortly after when Jono Nesbitt - seemingly enjoying his new central midfield role - went on a mazy run and played an inch-perfect slide rule pass through to Dulberg who finished past the onrushing keeper.
With the Hendon defence superbly organised by central defenders Neidle and Ezekiel Jacob, Orient were restricted to mere half chances and when called upon, Hendon keeper Yaacov Goldin was in no mood to concede, pulling off a couple of good saves.
With 20 minutes left, the home side were reduced to 10 men as their left-back, who had been riding his luck all game, finally saw ref when the red mist descended upon him.
Hendon sealed the win shortly after, when David Elf found a late surge of energy, charging past the full back and pulling the ball across for substitute David to finish cutely for his first goal of the season.
A delighted Hendon boss Adam Glekin told JC Sport: "We're very pleased to get the monkey off our back and claim that first win, which I felt was fully deserved.
"We had marked Barry Green down as their dangerman having caused us problems in the past as well as his hat-trick last week, and we didn't give him a sniff.
"It was an excellent team performance - I thought our back four were great and the midfield and strikers worked their socks off. Ben David had been giving me grief about being on the bench as part of our squad rotation, but he proved his point in the right way after coming on.
"Credit also to the referee who took a hugely unfair amount of stick from their side, but handled the game very well."
Loughton boss Dan Curtis told JC Sport: "We were very poor all over the pitch today and got what we deserved.
"It's been a bad start to the season and we need to start putting it right. I have a big squad and this may give others a chance to come in and stake a claim."