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Hendon suffer FA Trophy defeat to Leiston
12:56pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in Sport
Hendon crashed out of the FA Trophy after a 2-1 defeat at Leiston.
The hosts took the lead after 11 minutes when Danny Thrower timed his run perfectly, reaching the ball a yard clear of George McCluskey, and his flicked header went just inside the far post.
Hendon had the chance to equalise immediately but David Head's flick on hit the crossbar.
Gary McCann's side felt they should have had a penalty at the end of the half for a handball by Stuart Boardley but the assistant ruled that his arm hadn't moved to the ball.
Leiston goalkeeper Danny Potter produced a terrific save when he denied Isaiah Rankin.
But Hendon found a second-half equaliser when a corner from Michael Murray was hit goalwards by Dean Cracknell and Elliott Charles diverted the ball between Thomas Wray and Potter on the goalline.
The Greens were in total control after the goal but fine defending and goalkeeping kept the score level.
Leiston grabbed the winning goal when Rhys Henry struck a stunning 25-yard effort in off the upright.
Hendon sent on Greg Ngoyi and he was denied twice by Potter.
The visitors had one chance to salvage a replay but Casey Maclaren's effort was brilliantly saved by Potter.
Hendon renew their FA Cup campaign this weekend with a trip to Conference South side Eastbourne Borough.
Wingate & Finchley battled to a 2-1 home win over Potters Bar Town in the FA Trophy.
The home side made a slow start to the game and former Wingate player James Gershfield had a early chance but fired straight at keeper Bobby Smith.
The opening goal came when Potters Bar left-back Louis Lavers lost out to Lewis Jones who fed John Kyriacou and he hit a fierce strike into the far corner.
Sam Berry had a long-range effort saved before they doubled their lead when Jones latched onto a long ball and fired into the net.
Potters Bar launched a fightback in the second half and pulled one back after a defensive mix-up which allowed Gershfield to score. But the closest they came to an equaliser was when Marc Weatherstone blocked Sergio Manesio's effort.
Wingate will be at home to Hitchin Town in the second qualifying round on Saturday, October 27.
For national Non-League Day, on Saturday, October 13 Wingate's home game with Concord Rangers will have a special promotion.
Any supporter visiting the ground will be able to choose how much they wish to pay for a ticket to watch the match, rather than our typical fixed prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions, £3 Under-16s and free for U-12s.
For more information log on to the website www.wingatefinchley.com.
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