Sorry Salisbury Lose Again

A poor Salisbury performance was punished by Hendon with a goal in each half, which was more than enough to make sure the away side took all three points from the game.

Salisbury failed to register a serious shot on target in the match and struggled to build any real momentum or threat in a game between two poor sides.

An uninspiring first half, punctuated by injuries that attributed to an additional 8 minutes of added time at the end of the period. Hendon created the better of the chances and injected something of note to a dour first 45 minutes.

The first shot of any note took a while to arrive and it was Hendon’s Shaun Lucien who cut in from the right-hand side and forced a save from O’Flaherty with a low shot.

Hendon took the lead on the 39th minute when an error from the home side allowed Liam Brooks to get in down the left. The striker cut in from the left and drove a powerful shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

The away team almost doubled their lead 2 minutes later when Hamza Semakula drifted in from the right but saw his shot deflected behind for a corner.

The home side eventually forced their first chance of the game on 41 minutes when Harry Baker hassled well down the left-hand side, winning the ball and pulling it back. Debutant Henry Spalding was the man he picked out but under pressure, he was unable to get his shot on target.

The teams came in at halftime with the away side one goal to the good.

Hendon doubled after 20 minutes of the second half. O’Flaherty initially did well, pushing a strong header behind from a free kick from the right-hand side. The resulting corner came in from the right-hand side and after dropping to Shaun Lucien was driven home from 12 yards.

Salisbury were probably lucky to keep 10 men on the pitch on the 76th minute when after a good blocking tackle, Marvin Brooks kicked out at the Hendon defender that he challenged on the touchline but referee Robert Ablitt chose to only show him a yellow card.

Hendon could have extended their lead further if it wasn’t for a fine save from Patrick O’Flaherty in the 84th minute. The ball fell to Wilson Carvalho on the left-hand side of the box, but he saw his well-struck shot flicked on to the right hand upright by the outstretched hand of the Whites keeper.

Salisbury huffed and puffed in the final few minutes, but were unable to truly trouble Burbidge in the Hendon goal and limply lost 2-0.

The result leaves Salisbury with only 1 point from their last 4 league games and slipping down the table. Their next chance to turn things around is this coming Tuesday with a rearranged fixture against Walton Casuals, kick-off at 7:45 pm.

Attendance: 425

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