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RAMS MAN OF THE MATCH: Jerome Eccleston
On a wet and cold night at Silver Jubilee Park, Beaconsfield and Hendon put on a fine display with the visitors aggrieved that they didn’t take all three points after another fine away performance.
The Rams dominated early proceedings, Charlie Losasso and Mayowa Balogun both having decent efforts, but it was the home side who took the lead on 18 minutes with pretty much their first attack of the game. A hopeful long ball saw Greens leading scorer Ricardo German zip past Rams keeper Sam Mason and slot into the unguarded net. This fired up Hendon and they nearly had a second on 20 minutes when a fine cross flew across the face of The Rams goal.
Beaconsfield were deservedly on level terms on the half hour mark when a Charlie Losasso free kick was charged down. The loose ball fell to Louis Stead who saw his curling effort crash back off the Hendon bar but straight into the path of the onrushing Jordan Ajanlekoko who shot home.
On 43 minutes Hendon’s Shaun Lucien saw his free kick bounce off The Rams bar and two minutes later Beaconsfield took the lead as Bajram Pashaj went on a mazy run, beating at least three Hendon defenders to send in a great cross that was gleefully nodded home by Brendan Matthew. Half time, 2-1 to The Rams.
The lively German had the first decent chance of the second half, shooting just wide of the Beaconsfield goal on 53 minutes whilst sixty seconds later Losasso and Matthew combined to set up Stead who looked certain to score but his strike was well saved by Danny Boness. Three minutes later Matthew rounded Boness but was denied by a great tackle from Howard Hall.
It was 73 minutes before debutant Rams keeper Sam Mason had to make a save of note, denying a strike by German. Five minutes later Pashaj and Stead combined well with the former looking set to score but delaying long enough for Boness to recover and the chance was gone.
The missed chances cost The Rams dear on 84 minutes when a mix up in defence let in German whose powerful shot crashed off the bar and into the net to draw Hendon level. Almost straight from the restart Pashaj rounded Boness but his goal bound effort was well cleared by a back peddling effort whilst a last minute Tony Mendy header also went agonizingly wide.
The fact that Beaconsfield can feel disappointed to only come away with a point against a team like Hendon shows just how far the side has come over the last 18 month or so. Both on and off the field The Rams are moving in the right direction and long may it continue.
Come On You Rams!
Subs Not Used:
Subs Not Used:
12. Michael Fernandes
15. Kurtis Kumberbatch
17. James Stroud
Manager: James Gray
Ref: Neil Howlett
Asst Refs: Philip Dunkley / Alan Wightman