Oct 14 2010 By Paul White
Substitute Aaron Morgan struck an early second-half winner at Whitehawk on Saturday to leave 10-man Hendon 90 minutes away from the first round proper.
The Greens striker had been on the field just three minutes when he scored from close range to give the Vale Farm side a lead they rarely looked like
However, it was a win not without cost for Gary McCann’s side as Morgan and Michael Peacock both limped off injured, while Jamie Busby’s late red card
means he’ll miss the next round on October 23.
A game watched by FA TV cameras 178 people and a number of sheep grazing in a field just beyond the far touchline of a pitch cut into the Sussex hill-side, saw Hendon keeper Berkeley Laurencin clear up an early attack from the hosts.
The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute when Belal Aite-Ouakrim latched on to a through-ball and slotted confidently passed Hawks keeper Alan
Last year’s Sussex County League Champions were gifted an equaliser eight minutes the break when they were awarded a soft penalty and Paul Armstrong beat Laurencin from the spot.
However, Hendon shrugged off the disappointment to regain the lead three minutes after the break.
Lee O’Leary’s long range strike from fully 40 yards hit first one post then the other, but Morgan followed up to smash the ball over the line.
Whitehawk had a second leveller ruled out for offside, before Morgan limped off for the Greens, his replacement Peacock lasting just three minutes before he too left the action.