MAJESTIC MET SURGE TO SECOND
Greens seventh loss on spin
METROPOLITAN Police are second in the league after thrashing Hendon in a dominant display at Imber Court.
Former Blues players Elliott Charles and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick returned to their former club for Hendon, who were looking to end a dreadful run of form which had seen them lose their last seven league games in a row.
The visitors applied pressure early on but were unable to create any clear chances.
Hendon's physical approach caused the Blues plenty of problems early in the game, but after a scrappy opening it was Met Police who took the lead after 28 minutes.
The talented Rhys King linked up with Max Blackmore, whose cross was converted by the unmarked Jack Mazzone.
The Blues appeared to grow in confidence after the goal and began to take the
game to Hendon. They almost conceded an equaliser after the break, however, when a dangerous cross from Hendon’s Gianni Crichlow presented Brendan Murphy McVey with an opportunity, but it was well saved by Bertie Schotterl.
The hosts extended their lead on the break when Ollie Knight played Blackmore through and the striker slotted in off the inside of the post.
Hendon went for broke, making some attacking substitutions, but they couldn’t find their way through a solid Met Police defence.
And it was game over ten minutes from time when Jonathan Hippolyte was put through and fired home.
They may have added a fourth when Hippolyte Patrick did well to get beyond the defence and only had the goalkeeper to beat but he made a fine save.
Police comfortably saw the rest of the game out and will be starting to feel good about their promotion chances.
They are six points behind league leaders Taunton Town and have lost only once in their last 12 games.
Hendon, meanwhile, remain mid-table, and are now without a win since their 3-0 win over Merthyr Town in December.
STAR MAN: Jeremy Arthur (Met P) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★
JACK FLASH: Met celebrate Jack Mazzone’s opening goal
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER: Met Police’s Ollie Knight battles for posession with Hendon’s Luke Tingey
CLOSE CALL: Mekhail McLaughin’s header