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Match Preview: Hendon v Brentford B

Details ahead of tonight's Cup Final

14 September 2020

The London Senior Cup’s 2019/20 winners will officially be crowned this evening, almost one year since the beginning of the tournament as Brentford B take on Hendon FC at The Powerday Stadium in a 7.45pm kick-off.

Neil MacFarlane’s side began their route to the final on 25 September 2019 away from home at Beckenham Town, and they have a chance to win silverware if they can overcome Hendon tonight.

Following the 6-0 win over Beckenham, a 7-1 win over Harrow Borough followed before a penalty shootout win over AFC Wimbledon in the Quarter-Finals. With the season curtailed from March 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the young Bees had to wait until August to get back to action and it was decided that a winner would still be decided from the competition with all parties keen to continue.

That meant a Semi-Final with Erith Town would go ahead, in what was the final ever fixture at Griffin Park, where Neil MacFarlane’s side with some new faces following some summer recruitment, confirmed a spot in the Final with a 6-3 win.

Discussing the Final and the opportunity to win some silverware following the recent win over Crystal Palace, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane said: “I think the players were playing for a Cup Final because they were certainly at it. With our fixture programme it’s a totally different scenario and experience that we will approach properly. We want to win the final.”

Brentford B attacker Joe Adams also says the side are excited at the prospect of playing in a Final. He explained: “We’ve carried it on from last season so it’s good to get some competitive games earlier in the new campaign, against Erith we played really well and we’re all looking forward to it.

“We’ve scored lots of goals in this tournament and it would be really good to win some silverware. Of course, for the boys who aren’t with us now (having left the club) it would be something they can take away from the competition as well.”

Hendon FC is owned by the Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust and is now based at Silver Jubilee Park in Kingsbury. Lee Allinson’s side compete in the Southern League Premier Division and are set to get their League campaign up and running this Saturday when they travel to Salisbury. The side have been in pre-season action since the beginning of August where they’ve picked up wins over the likes of Bracknell Town, Arlesey Town, Berkhamsted, and of course, Wingate & Finchley in their Semi-Final tie.

The side picked up a 3-1 win in extra-time to seal themselves a spot in the Final, and their most recent match was a 2-1 win over Ware.

Hendon’s campaign in this competition began with a penalty shootout win over Cockfosters before they beat Leyton Orient 1-0 at home to set up a Third-Round tie with Balham. On their travels they battled to a 2-0 win to set up that Semi-Final with Wingate.

Hanwell Town’s Powerday Stadium will play host to this fixture and supporters are allowed entry with the number of people capped in order to comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines. Tickets for this match have already been sold therefore the only way to tune in is to watch online via the Club’s YouTube channel, as well as follow on social media with a full report to be published after the game.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Hendon 1 Brentford B 0

Young Bees beaten in London Senior Cup Final

15 September 2020

Brentford B were beaten 1-0 in the Final of the London Senior Cup by Hendon FC’s extra-time penalty.

A goalless draw seemed to be going to a penalty shootout but a late finish from Shaun Lucien meant the young Bees would fall to defeat, despite creating a number of chances throughout.

Neil MacFarlane named first teamer Ellery Balcombe in his starting line-up amongst a youthful XI with Julien Carre coming into the midfield following Arthur Read’s loan to Stevenage.

Brentford B began dominating much of the early possession but were unable to make it count in terms of creating clear chances. Carre was first to try his luck from distance as he shaped onto his right foot, but the shot went just over the Hendon goal.

An Aaron Pressley header at the far post following a corner was diverted goalwards as he stooped to connect, but the Hendon defenders blocked well on the line.

The opponents carried a threat on the counterattack throughout and created a good opportunity when Shaun Lucien darted down the left before firing powerfully but for a good block from Paris Maghoma.

Half chances followed for the likes of Pressley and Kane O’Connor headed just over following another corner, but Brentford B struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities as Hendon worked hard to keep them out.

A Maghoma shot from distance would be well saved before O’Connor was called upon to make a vital defensive header following a vicious Hendon strike at goal as the sides went into the break level.

The second period followed a similar formula with the young Bees often seeing more of the ball and trying to break their opponents down whilst Hendon offered a rare threat on the counter.

Maghoma would have another attempt, this time from a free-kick following a foul on Fredrik Hammar, but the youngster’s dipping effort was the wrong side of the crossbar. Joe Adams, who threatened down the left, would have an opportunity on 66 minutes when he turned well before seeing his effort edge just wide of goal.

The Brentford Trialists were pushing to make an impact on the game, and one of them almost did when he received the ball on the edge of the area before turning well and seeing his effort deflect, and with the keeper rooted to the spot, the ball nestled just wide of the bottom left-hand corner.

Lucien would have one notable effort for Hendon when he used his speed to break away, but his finish lacked conviction as he shot low but wide of goal as Balcombe was untested as the match headed to extra-time.

It took The Bees just three minutes to register a really good opportunity and it came when one of the Trialists fired at goal and the Hendon keeper parried into the path of Pressley whose follow up effort was saved again by the shot stopper.

Brentford would continue to push for that all-important winner, but the game swung in the second period of extra-time when Kane O’Connor fouled in the box just nine minutes from time and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Lucien stepped up to convert calmly and send Balcombe the wrong way as The Bees rushed to get the ball back to the centre spot. Hendon did well to frustrate in the final moments but a golden chance fell when a very late corner was swung in and Pressley, Balcombe and Tristan Crama all threw themselves at the ball but it nestled wide as Hendon held out.

Hendon FC: North, Simeon, Perry, Forbes, Brewer, Osmodi, Weign, Sambou, James, Corcoran, Gebrai

Subs: Howes, Allinson, Clarke

Brentford B: Balcombe, Stevens, Gordon, O'Connor (Crama, 108) Koutsimouka, Adams, Hammar (Trialist, 75), Pressley, Carre (Trialist, 90), Trialist, Maghoma

Subs: Andersson, Hockenhull

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