Southgate Harmen vs Hendon Utd SC B
Arlington Road, Southgate
Hendon’s hopes of a top two finish are hanging by a thread following last weekend’s epic against leaders Shirley.
The Reds gave a good account of themselves and were unlucky to come away empty-handed in a game where 18-year-old Gav Krieger was their star man. Pinty Baddiel and Martin Smulovitz were the scorers for Hendon in a 3-2 defeat.
When I caught up with joint-manager Motty Korman earlier this week, I got the impression he was trying to take the pressure of his troops. He told JC Sport: “After a slow start since the break, things are starting to look more positive.
“We have a close to full squad this week, with Tali Nevies back after his wedding last week and we have confirmed the signing of Ben Wilkinson who is versatlile and will add depth to the squad. Martin Smulovitch has joined us on a long-term contract from the A's. Keeper Joseph Corin and Chaim Gothold are finally back too.
“We are hoping that the game will go ahead this week and won’t fall foul of the weather so we can finally kick-start the second half of our season.”
Harmen have made progress this season but they went down 2-0 against Chigwell last Sunday. Manager Dan Uzan will be looking for a big reaction from his players who will be keen to avoid Hendon doing the double over them.
Chaim Gothold and Avi Marcowitz scored the goals that earned Hendon a 2-0 win in the first meeting between the teams this season and even though Harmen have strengthened since then, I’m tipping the tide to turn in Hendon’s favour.
Venue – Ashmole School, Ref – Martin de la Fuente
JC star man: Ben Wilkinson (Hendon)
DC Prediction: Harmen 1 Hendon B 2