Goals from Michael Toner and Samrai Gebrai we’re not enough for Walthamstow to beat Hendon in a friendly on Tuesday. Both teams brought their shooting boots as both teams looked to make the most a game that was able to go ahead. The weather conditions made the game difficult with a the cold and rain slowly down the game whilst the wind threatened to take control.
It was a quick start from both sides but it was the hosts who had first blood. Joe White finished off an Hendon attack as they pressured the Walthamstow goal.
The game didn’t look like it would end with a high score but Stow equalised in the 17th minute when Samrai Gebrai whipped in a corner which led to a scramble in the Hendon and was finished off by Michael Toner who tapped home.
Despite going 1-0 down, Walthamstow had turned it around. Samrai Gebrai got his first of the evening when he made a good run before finishing well into the goal. Not long later, he had his second when he made another good run but managed to finished whilst laying on the floor after being brought down.
The game really turned on it’s head just before half-time as Hendon netted four in the space of 8 minutes. Joe Howe pulled one back for the hosts in the 37th minute when he squeezed the ball past the keeper with a poke. Tyriq Hunt then added two for himself; firstly shooting across goal to put the ball in at the far post in the 40th minute before slotting home just two minutes later. Just before half-time, Joe White got his second of the game when he slotted home after being played one-on-one with the keeper.
The teams went into the break with Hendon leading 5-3.
It was a fast start to the second half for Walthamstow who scored within a matter of seconds of the restart when Samrai Gebrai scored his hattrick after being played through on goal.
Despite a number of chances for both sides, the scoring seemed to have stopped until Hendon increased their lead in the 61st minute when Luke Tingey finished well into the top corner.
With 12 minutes left of the match, Stow pulled one back when Samrai Gebrai got his fourth of the game. He had a shot saved before tapping home the rebound.
There were a few chances for both sides but good goalkeeping kept the score at 6-5 including Hendon having a shot tipped onto the crossbar. With a minute or so of added time, the game was brought to an end.