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Ruthless Raiders stun Hendon

A deadly double from super-sub Josh Goldstein plus one from Josh Bharier earned Raiders A the result of the day as they became the first team to beat Hendon in the league this season.

    Jubilant Raiders boss Dan Shafron told JC Sport: "It was an excellent team performance and a well-deserved win. To go down to 10 men after 20 minutes and control the game as well we did was a testament to all the boys involved today.

    "We won every individual battle, created several chances and could have scored more. Our attacking players were clinical and their pace caused endless problems for the Hendon back line from the first minute. Defensively we were solid and didn’t give Hendon many chances.

    "We’ve been due a performance like this for a long time and I’m happy for the boys."

    Hendon manager Greg Corin gave an honest assessment of the result and his team's performance, as the Reds lost for the first time in the league.

    "It was an off day for the team," Corin told JC Sport. "We had a lot of quality on display but only 11 players, one of whom was doing the team a big favour and shouldn’t really of been playing because of injury.

    "We made a couple of uncharacteristic errors which led to conceding goals and going forward we struggled to find the space and create enough good chances.

    "We’re all left very disappointed, Hendon aren’t used to losing and the manner in which we lost to 10 men has been hard to take."

    Paying tribute to the victors, Corin added: "Raiders played very well and had some good quality on display, and it was unfortunate the referee decided to send a Raiders player off for dissent as the game was being played in the right spirit and the sending off changed the pattern of the game drastically as raiders retreated and were then successful late in the game on the break.

    "But fair play to Raiders as they were very organised and we couldn’t break them down."

    Looking ahead, Corin went on to say: "We have a big cup game next week against Brady and it’s how we react from this first league defeat of the season which will show our real quality."

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