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Latics vs. Hendon

12 January 2024

Club News

Latics vs. Hendon

12 January 2024

Latics return to Boundary Park to host their next test in the 2023/24 FA Trophy when they welcome Hendon.

Micky Mellon will hope his men will endure a more comfortable afternoon than they did in round three of the FA Trophy, where Latics battled for a passage to the next round after an eventful 3-3 draw with Premier Division Central league leaders Mickleover Sports.

Heroic stops from Mathew Hudson in successive fashion in the shootout saw Latics through to face Hendon. Latics meanwhile come into the fourth round of FA Trophy action in good form after securing their fifth consecutive league away win.

A powerful drive from Mike Fondop saw the striker net his second effort in as many National League games to give his side a vital 1-0 win at Dorking as the race for playoff football continues to heat up, and to send Latics into the top six for the first time this campaign.

The Opposition

Hendon meanwhile enjoyed an impressive showing at Silver Jubilee Park in the previous round, knocking off National League South side Weymouth FC 2-0 courtesy of strikes from Finlay Macnab and Billy Leonard.

The result continued their good run in the FA Trophy thus far this season and saw another home win in the competition after previously getting past Sudbury, Walton & Hersham and Eastbourne FC on their home turf.

Hendon however have had inconsistent fortunes in the Premier Division South of the Southern Football League this campaign. A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bracknell Town last weekend was a third loss in five league fixtures for Hendon.

They had previously won three in four, though their form in recent weeks has seen the club drop out of the playoff positions into seventh just five points adrift.

Their run in the FA Trophy so far has seen Hendon reach the fourth round in impressive fashion by a combined scoreline of 9-2, though Hendon’s visit to Boundary Park will be their first trip in the competition this season.

A win meanwhile against Latics this weekend would be a third consecutive victory in the competition against a side in a superior division and would send a clear warning to the teams remaining.

Key Threat

Niko Muir has returned to his typical Hendon form this season. The forward returned to the club for his fourth spell in February of last year and has hit the ground running since the beginning of the new season.

Hendon have clearly missed his presence at the front end of the pitch with Muir drifting in and out of spells at the club, whilst the striker has refound his ruthless scoring touch this season, almost on track to repeating his 40-goal tally from the 17/18 campaign.

Muir has found the net 16 times in all competitions, 13 times in league action whilst he has played a major role in Hendon’s run in the FA Trophy up to this point scoring twice in the four rounds so far.

Despite his impeccable nous in front of goal, Muir has shown his overall quality this season, encapsulated by his hat-trick against Hayes & Heading United where his leadership saw Hendon come back from a 2-1 deficit.

All three of his efforts were each of quality and all highlighted his arsenal of finishes that he has in his locker. A mixture of power and finesse helped Hendon to a thrilling 4-3 win, whilst Muir once again put on display his importance to their success this season.

In the dugout

Lee Allinson has had a turbulent time at Silver Jubilee Park since his appointment in November 2019, though improvements this campaign has seen more positive expectations from this Hendon side.

His appointment followed a successful Biggleswade United stint where he steered the club into the playoff picture in the Southern Premier League Central.

His first three seasons at Hendon meanwhile has seen Allinson struggle to push Hendon into the playoffs, finishing 14th, 16th, and 17th in 2022/23 where the club narrowly avoided relegation by just a point.

Allinson however has overseen a vast improvement this season at the club, where Hendon find themselves well within a shot of playoff football just five points off those coveted positions.

Hendon this campaign have already amassed more wins at this stage (10) than they did in the whole of last season in the league (9), whilst a win against Latics would certainly mark significant improvement under Allinson.

Match Officials

James Oldham is the man in the middle this afternoon, with Matthew Bacon and Alan Hull taking up the roles down the lines. The Fourth official is Waqar Ahamd.

Match coverage and information 

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match. 

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC 

Due to this game being an FA Trophy fixture, it will not be available through National League TV.

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media. 

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.


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