Lowestoft Town 2, Hendon 0

Lowestoft Town moved to the top of the Ryman League Premier as first half goals from Matt Nolan and Dale Cockrill gave them all three points against Hendon at Crown Meadow.

Nolan's eighth goal of the season in the 22nd minute set the Blues on their way before Dale Cockrill scored from the spot after Chris Henderson had been brought down inside the area to lift the Blues above Billericay by a point having played a game more.

Despite being able to call upon former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair in their starting line-up, Hendon were a shambles defensively in the first period.

Chris Henderson thought Christmas had come early down the left hand side as he gave stand-in full-back Dave Diedhiou a torrid time in the first period.

The former Bury man should have won a penalty in the 11th minute when he was put through by Michael Frew before being hacked down by Diedhiou inside the penalty area. The crowd waited for referee Malcolm McIntyre to point to the spot but much to everyone's disbelief, the decision never came.


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Henderson continued to be the outlet for the Blues though and after dancing round the hapless Diedhiou once again his cross was almost put through his own net by Ryan Wharton but goalkeeper Berkley Laurencin saved smartly.

There was nothing Laurencin could do midway through the half however when Nolan broke the deadlock with a fantastic strike. Henderson came in off the left flank and when the ball rebounded to Nolan 25 yards from goal he lashed the ball home into the bottom corner.

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Cockrill should have doubled Lowestoft's lead shortly after but the midfielder headed over from six yards after good work from Michael Frew down the right. They were almost made to pay for the miss moments later when Hendon danger man Mauro Vilhete capitalised on a mistake from Andrew Cave-Brown to leave the winger through on goal. The diminutive winger just had Reynolds to beat but his right-footed effort was easily beaten away to safety.

But eight minutes before the break Lowestoft got the second their dominance deserved when Henderson was brought down again by Diedhiou and this time the referee pointed to the spot. Cockrill stepped up to ram home the penalty.

The second half was not easy on the eye from either side but the damage had already been done from Lowestoft's point of view. Frew and Nolan were spectators for the majority of the half although the latter came close to getting his second of the evening with a long range effort which Laurencin did well to push round the post.

Blues suffered a slight scare five minutes from time when Smith could have been sent off for bringing down substitute Belal Aite-Ouakrim when he was through on goal but the referee only gave a yellow card.

• Lowestoft Town (4-4-2): Reynolds, Cave-Brown, Crane, Mitchell, Smith, Guentchev (Forshaw 83), Fisk, Cockrill, Henderson, Frew, Nolan. Subs not used: Gaughran, Ainsley, Onuchukwu, Forbes.

• Hendon (4-5-1): Laurencin, Diedhou, Wharton, Sinclair, Cousins, Fisher, McCluskey (Aite-Ouakrim 58), Currie, Vilhete, Godfrey, Rankin (MacLaren 73). Subs not used: Lewis, Federico, Peacock,

• Referee: Malcolm McIntyre

• Attendance: 504

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