Hendon left it late to secure a point in their 2-2 draw away at fellow strugglers Blackfield & Langley in the Southern League Premier Division South.

Isaac Galliford had the Greens in front after six minutes but Blackfield turned it around before the break through goals from Hisham Kasimu and Fatah Makhloufi.

However, Liam Brooks struck with just eight minutes remaining to secure a vital point for Hendon in their battle against the drop.

It was a much-changed side for the Dons, with seven debutants coming in the side. Tom Hamblin was the only starter that had been with the club since the start of the season, while there were debuts for Rihards Matrevics, Joe Howe, Lucas Perry, Tommy Brewer, Tom Smith, Liam Brooks and Solomon Sambou.

Both teams made a fast start to the game but it was Hendon that made the most of their early opportunity as Galliford got a faint touch on a cross to guide it into the bottom corner.

Blackfield started to throw more players forward in response and they levelled the game when Kasimu raced through, rounded Matrevics and tapped into an empty net.

Then, with seven minutes of the half left, Hamblin received a second yellow card for bringing Kasimu down in the area, and Makhloufi stepped up to convert the penalty.

Despite being down to 10 men for the whole of the second half, it was hard to tell as Hendon continued to match their hosts.

The Greens were being frustrated by a good goalkeeping performance from the hosts, but they finally got a leveller with eight minutes to go.

Kingsley Eshun raced through on goal and collided with the keeper, but the ball rolled free for Brooks to tap home, despite Blackfield’s protests.

The draw wasn’t enough to lift Hendon out of the relegation zone due to Yate Town’s win over Harrow Borough. Next up for the Dons is a trip to AFC Dunstable in the CSS League Cup tonight at 7.45pm.