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Hendon were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Wealdstone in the Ryman Premier Division
9:54am Tuesday 26th February 2013 in Sport
Hendon created enough chances to win the game but had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Ryman Premier Division promotion hopefuls Wealdstone.
After a slow start to the contest the Greens began to assert their passing style on the match.
Belal Aite-Ouakrim and Junior Morias threatened the visiting defence but several robust challenges and a well-organised backline kept Hendon at bay.
The Greens almost went ahead as a Scott Cousins corner was diverted against the post before Morias forced Rikki Banks into a good save.
Esmond James and Alex Dyer came close for Wealdstone but the two sides went into the break level.
After the restart, Kevin Maclaren smashed an effort over the bar from the edge of the box and Banks acrobatically saved a Morias strike.
Wealdstone hadn’t had a clear sight for the Hendon goal but exerted pressure for the final quarter hour.
Tom Pett fired forced Sean Thomas into a routine stop and Kurtney Brooks sent a shot harmlessly over the crossbar.
The game ended as a stalemate and Hendon manager Gary McCann said: “I am disappointed we didn’t win today. It is a sign of where we’re at now, with our good recent form, that we can be disappointed not to have beaten the team second in the table.
“We created the better chances and made their goalkeeper work far harder than they worked ours.
"There wasn’t much between the sides – Wealdstone had the better of the first 10–15 minutes and the last quarter of an hour, but we were on top in the middle of the game. By the end of the match we were looking a bit tired and leggy.
“Our defence was again outstanding, and Kevin and Casey Maclaren were magnificent in midfield.”