NGU 0 Hanwell Town 3
By Clive Cooke
Perhaps we have at last put the North Greenford United 'hoodoo' to bed after completing a league winning double over them with an excellent 3-0 away win at Berkeley Fields, our most comprehensive winning score line of the season to date.
After winning the toss and thus denying North Greenford the opportunity to use the slope in the second half, we made a bright start with a lot of possession but without creating any clear cut chances until Oliver Duffy
robbed North Greenford's Alfie Cain as he dallied on the ball but with a clear run at goal, Ollie sent a week effort well wide of the post. Another mistake, this time by Martin Herdman at the other end created the home sides best chance, Martin's poor throw out being intercepted by the home team's captain Luke Kanjor but he shot wide of the far post. North Greenford were playing some neat football and carved out the best chance of the game to date when a good ball inside Calum Duffy
found Charlie Conner but with a great shooting opportunity he delayed his shot and was crowded out.
We took the lead in the thirty fourth minute when a good build up down the right culminated in Simeon Armstrong playing the ball into the path of Bradley Simmonds with a clear run at goal. Bradley raced away and then from a similar spot from which Ollie had missed, drilled a great shot across the Greenford keeper Josh Kensit into the far corner of the net.
An injury to Gavin Hinds-Cadette meant that he was replaced at the interval by Tom Hunt and fifteen minutes into the half, Lee Grace replaced Simeon.
North Greenford had an early chance in the second half when a good run and cross by Glen Yala was turned back inside by Conner to Ruddock Yala but he fired over. From this point onward there was only one side in it as our work rate and commitment overpowered our opponents as we began to create a number of chances, the best of which fell to Tom but right through with only Kensit to beat he delayed his shot and Mitchell got back to dispossess him.However, it was not long before we notched our second goal, Simmonds again finding the net as he cut in from the left after being played in by Michael Buckley who in the second half began to play like the Michael of old. Our third goal saw a reversal of roles with Bradley turning provider as he set up Ollie to seal our win. There remained time for our third substitute Ahmed Mohammed to have made it fourth but he fired wide from close range after dispossessing former Town player Liam Hind.