Gary McCann admitted he was “disappointed for everyone at the club” after Hendon lost to Whitstable Town in the FA Trophy

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Hendon boss Gary McCann admitted he was “disappointed for everyone at the club” after the Greens were on the wrong end of an FA Trophy upset as they went down 2-1 against Whitstable Town.

The Greens could consider themselves unlucky not to have won, having struck the frame of the Whitstable goal three times.

The first half was action packed but, despite both teams creating a number of chances, the deadlock wasn’t broken until the second period.

Tony Taggart and Chris Seeby unlocked the Town defence and Seeby crossed for Jefferson Louis and he headed past Luke Watkins.

The advantage lasted just two minutes however as Laurence Harvey rose highest and directed his header into the net.

Whitstable then went ahead as a brisk counter-attack was finished off confidently by Charley Smith.

Hendon had chances to get back into the contest but solid defending left them frustrated and Town managed to hold on to secure victory.

McCann said, “I am more than a little disappointed – and angry – with the result. I am really disappointed for everyone at the club.

“It isn’t often you hit the underside of the crossbar three times and don’t get one bounce going your way. I thought we were more than a little unlucky in the first half.

“When you go a goal up against a team from a lower division you would expect your team to see the game out.

"But, even after we went a goal up, I was very concerned because they had shown that they could come back from a goal down in their recent matches. Three clean sheets in 25 games tells its own story.

“We dominated the first half after the scare in the first few seconds. I felt our quality from wide might have been a little better, but we controlled the game in the first half. It was a combination of bad luck and good goalkeeping that kept them in the game.

“At half-time I did say to the players that we had to put in the same level of effort as we had in the first half. We couldn’t quite match the performance and the game did level out a bit more in the second half.

“It was more a matter of us losing the game than them winning it. Individually, we were the architects of our own downfall.

“Our focus now becomes on improving our position in the League. It expect a big reaction from the players.”


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