The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By David Ball­heimer

IN­JURY-HIT Hendon were de­nied by a su­perb rear­guard ac­tion from Lowestoft Town as the Trawler­boys earned a draw.

“We were very lim­ited in our of­fen­sive op­tions,” Hendon man­ager Gary McCann told The NLP.

“But we still took the game to Lowestoft and, but for three out­stand­ing saves by Lowestoft’s goal­keeper, we would prob­a­bly have won the game.”

Lowestoft made a great start and took the lead in the ninth minute when a Hendon cor­ner, cleared to the cen­tre cir­cle, was mis­played by Luke Tingey.

Robert Ea­gle swooped on the ball and his pass re­leased Jake Reed, who fin­ished con­fi­dently past Tom Love­lock.

Niko Muir tried to fash­ion an im­me­di­ate re­sponse but Sam Mur­phy was just off tar­get with his shot.

The bad in­jury news for the Greens – they went into the game with six play­ers out – con­tin­ued when Ol­lie Sprague limped off and was re­placed by Harold Joseph af­ter 15 min­utes.

Hendon be­gan to take con­trol of the game as the first half pro­gressed and a pass from Muir re­leased Zak Joseph, whose 50yard run ended with a shot just wide of the tar­get.

Af­ter Ea­gle had wasted a good op­por­tu­nity for Lowestoft, shoot­ing straight at Love­lock, Tim Dudzinski pro­duced a su­perb save to keep out an ef­fort from Dave Died­hiou.

In first-half stop­page time Arthur Lee thought he had equalised but Harry Barker cleared his shot from close to the line.

The lev­eller fi­nally came af­ter 63 min­utes when Joseph rode a cou­ple of chal­lenges, made space for a shot and fired the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner, giv­ing Dudzinski no chance.

Dudzinski re­mained the Lowestoft hero, how­ever, as he made a num­ber of out­stand­ing saves. Af­ter 67 min­utes, he pro­duced an­other ex­cel­lent stop to deny Died­hiou.

Six min­utes later, he plunged low to push aside a Casey Maclaren shot.

Reed, Ea­gle and Shaun Bam­mant all had late chances for Lowestoft – they came in a three­minute pe­riod around the 80th.

Love­lock, how­ever, was well po­si­tioned to save the first and last and used his legs well to deny Ea­gle, who re­ally should have done bet­ter with only the goal­keeper to beat.

Hendon con­tin­ued to shoot at goal but there was al­ways a will­ing blue shirt to throw him­self in front of the ball.

And, if no blue shirt could do the job, Dudzinski proved he was more than ca­pa­ble.

PIC­TURE: Derek Beech

Jake Reed (LTFC) beats Tom Love­lock (HFC) to score

Hendon play­ers con­grat­u­late Zak Joseph on scor­ing the equaliser

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