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Hendon cruised into FA Cup second qualifying round with a comfortable win against Biggleswade United
3:56pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
Hendon made it 28 years since they went out of the FA Cup at the first attempt as they cruised into the second qualifying round with a 7-1 win against Biggleswade United.
With Junior Morias and Lee Angol returning to Wycombe Wanderers and James Fisher dropping to the bench, Tony Taggart, Carl McCluskey and Michael Murray came into the starting line-up.
The Greens were conscious that they would need to be professional and they were for the full 90 minutes.
However, it was Biggleswade who had the first chance of the game when Sam Nair, who was the visitors’ stand-out performer, made a good run to the edge of the area and fed the ball into Jude Eboji. But the tall striker was unable to get any power on the ball and Charlie Horlock saved.
Michael Murray then had two chances in quick succession. Firstly he saw a free kick go wide of the target and then moments later a headed effort was also off target. Then it was Jefferson Louis turn to have a shot but having received the ball with his back to goal his effort was straight at Adam Harpur.
Biggleswade's best chance of the first half came in the 17th minute when a slip from Carl McCluskey allowed Tom Cookman a clear run at goal. His strike beat Horlock but struck the woodwork and bounced away to safety.
The play quickly moved down to the other end and Murray fed the ball into Taggart who made a good run towards goal. His initial shot was saved by Harpur but Taggart was first onto the rebound and he ensured the ball found the back of the net.
A couple of minutes later Sam Flegg made a run through midfield, played a one-two with Lee O'Leary but was unable to get enough on his shot to test the Biggleswade stopper.
On the half hour mark, Louis had another effort and he was disappointed to see his shot curl just the wrong side of the post.
The second goal was added soon after. Murray saw a headed effort saved however the loose ball went out wide to Jack Bennett and he crossed for Taggart to head home.
The third goal came shortly before half time. The Biggleswade defence could only half clear and the ball fell to Jack Bennett who fired in via the crossbar.
The second half opened in much the same vein. The Greens had the vast majority of possession with O'Leary, Louis and Chris Seeby all having chances in the opening ten minutes.
On the hour mark a Murray corner was missed by everyone and fell to Kevin Maclaren. His drive flew over the bar and at the other end Cookman could only shoot straight at Horlock.
In the 72nd minute Taggart had a chance to complete his hat-trick but his header went straight into the arms of Harpur.
Just a minute later however, Hendon went 4-0 ahead when a Murray corner found Chris Seeby on the far side of the penalty box and he slammed the ball into the back of the net for his first goal for the club.
Aaron Morgan and Anthony Thomas were both introduced and had a huge hand in increasing the scoreline.
In the 84th minute, Morgan received the ball on the wing and delivered a pass into the path of Thomas for the latter to score the fifth goal of the game.
Three minutes later, Morgan was again the creator was Thomas smashed in his second in quick succession. As the game drifted to a close, the referee ruled that Cookman was tripped by Horlock and the visitors were awarded a penalty. Angus Stewart stepped up and sent Horlock the wrong way to score a consolation for the Bedfordshire side.
However, the Greens weren't finished and moved the play to the other end from the kick off. The ball was played into Thomas and he completed a rapid-fire hat-trick with a curling shot into the far corner of the net. It is believed that this is the quickest ever hat-trick in the history of the club.
There was hardly enough time for Biggleswade to restart the game again before the referee blew the final whistle. The result was Hendon's biggest FA Cup win since beating Flackwell Heath 8-0 in 1995.
"We were in control from start to finish", said a delighted Gary McCann after the game. "I was pleased with the way we never took our foot off the gas. It was a nice thorough professional performance.
"We showed Biggleswade the respect that they deserved and they tried to play football the right way.
"I am very pleased that Anthony Thomas scored a hat-trick. His attitude over the past few weeks has been spot on, and he took his chances very well.
"We now hope for a kind draw tomorrow, but we don't fear anyone as we showed last season."
Team : Horlock, Seeby, Bennett, Flegg, C McCluskey, K Maclaren (McCann 64), Taggart (Morgan 75), O'Leary, Louis (A Thomas 75), Murray, Bryan. Unused subs : Diedhiou, Laurencin, G McCluskey, Fisher.
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