Greens sev­enth loss on spin

The Non-League Football Paper - - SOUTHERN PREMIER SOUTH - By James Macpherson

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

PIC­TURE: Lee Lud­low

SHOUL­DER TO SHOUL­DER: Met Po­lice’s Ol­lie Knight bat­tles for poses­sion with Hen­don’s Luke Tingey

CLOSE CALL: Mekhail McLaughin’s header

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