Hendon FC 3-2 Wimborne Town FC

In a game of contrasting styles, Wimborne gained admirers but no points on their visit to north-west London. After going into the break 3-1 down, the visitors produced a spirited come-back but only had a Franklyn Clarke goal to show for their second-half efforts.

Manager Holmes made one change from the side which beat Frome on Tuesday, Jordan Lee replacing Scott Arnold in the back-line.

On a sun-drenched afternoon, the hosts announced their attacking intentions in the third minute when left-back and captain Chappell ran 50 yards to launch a prodigious throw-in from the right-hand corner into a packed goalmouth. After repelling that throw, and a similar one from the other side, the visitors succumbed on 5 minutes. A hard driven cross from the right struck central defender Jonas amidships and deflected past Gerard Benfield from 6 yards.

Stunned by going behind, Wimborne began to string passes together on the artificial surface. On 8 minutes a move down the left resulted in Stefan Penny forcing home keeper Boness into a low diving save. And just two minutes later, Luke Burbidge played a perfectly weighted ball behind the home defenders for Toby Holmes to race onto 25 yards out. He calmly strode forward and placed the ball past Boness to equalise.

Play flowed from end-to-end in a feast of attacking football. Hendon’s Tingey headed over from a corner, and Boness rushed from his goal to deny Toby. This heralded a good spell for the visitors. Burbidge, who hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon, teed up Clarke from a free-kick 25 yards out, and his low shot was turned behind for a corner. On 23 minutes Sam Davidson volleyed over from Burbidge’s corner when well placed. Luke Holmes fired a shot on the turn, Burbidge’s inviting cross had no takers, and Curtis Young shot from Toby’s pass after being set-up by Benfield’s quick throw.

But Hendon are a skillful, fast and powerful attacking force, and need no invitation to run at goal. On 35 minutes Wimborne’s defenders failed to clear, Hippolyte-Patrick fed the impressive centre-forward German, and the home lead was restored. Nine minutes later Wimborne gave the ball away again, and Benfield made the first of many point-blank saves, this one from Hippolyte-Patrick. Then, right on the half-time whistle, Hippolyte-Patrick had his revenge, picking up a loose ball and beating Benfield from 25 yards.

Wimborne seized the initiative at the start of the second period, stringing a series of passes together. Clarke instigated many moves from deep as the visitors’ mobile midfield created openings. Luke Holmes had two shots blocked, and slipped Toby through on 56 minutes but the striker was crowded out before he could get in a telling shot. However, on 61 minutes Toby got goal-side of the defender who brought him down from behind for a penalty. Clarke’s shot was well-saved, but he kept his head to score from the rebound, his third goal in three games since returning to the Magpies.

Paddy Hester made a welcome return from the bench. As the game became stretched. Clarke shot narrowly wide from 25 yards, and Toby fired into the side netting from an acute angle. At the other end Benfield twice denied Calcutt, and then that man Hippolyte-Patrick from close range, and Matt Oldring made an important interception. The hosts defended desperately in the last few minutes as the visitors sought the equaliser they deserved. But it was not to be.

Next up is the visit to Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday.

Wimborne: Benfield, Lee (Hester 60), Penny, Davidson, Oldring, Clarke, Stokoe, L.Holmes, T.Holmes, Burbidge, Young (Owen 73). Unused subs: Arnold, Walsh, Kellaway

Graham Dunn reports.

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