Gary McCann admits his Hendon side are in a relegation 'dogfight' the Ryman Premier League

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Hendon boss Gary McCann believes his side are in a dogfight at the bottom of the Ryman Premier League table after the Greens lost 2-1 to Kingstonian.

Hendon played some excellent passing football throughout the contest but lacked the crucial final ball and were made to pay by their more clinical hosts.

Kingstonian went ahead on 19 minutes as a cross into the box was not dealt with and Kieran Murphy pounced to put his side ahead.

Belal Aite-Ouakrim came close for the Greens with a header but the home side then doubled their advantage as a free-kick from Matt Pattinson flew into the top corner of the net giving Laurencin no chance.

The second period was a closer affair but Hendon weren’t able to break through the host’s defence until two minutes from time when Julian Owusu-Bekoe netted.

The Greens pushed forward in stoppage time in search of an equaliser but Kingstonian held on for the win.

"We conceded a needless corner for the first goal and the after that it was a catalogue of errors," said McCann after the game.

"In the second half we started to create when they began to get a bit tired. We finally scored when it was too late to act upon it.

"At present we are in a dogfight. We are not doing enough to win games - at both ends. In recent weeks we have been conceding poor goals and not scoring enough. There needs to be an upturn in results, more than performances."

There were better fortunes for Hendon on Saturday as they defeated Carshalton Athletic 3-1.

Owusu-Bekoe put the Greens ahead with a clinical finish before Belal Aite-Ouakrim doubled the lead soon after.

Josh Clarke pulled a goal back for Athletic shortly after the interval, however, Hendon secured victory when Dave Diedhiou scored the third to seal victory for McCann’s side.

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