FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
Hendon: Thomas, Parker, Cousins, Peacock, Wharton, C. MacLaren, Busby, McCluskey, Charles, K. MacLaren, Aite-Ouakrim. Subs: Rankin, Bubb, Fraser, Dyer, Laurencin, Burgess, Lewis.One and a half dozen years ago (approx), in the days before colour photography was invented, this father and son team, set out on life's wondrous journey together. We live 122 miles apart these days ... and my granddaughter, his niece, has been missing her uncle Sam like mad since he went away to the University of Bedfordshire a month ago, so today we arranged for them to have a day out at the cinema and 'stuff' together.
Being the kind of 'family guy' who believes in letting the younger members of my fold do their own thing and giving them space to develop their own ideas, whilst picking up the pieces when required, offering advice when asked for it and having a far too relaxed policy on giving them financial assistance on a frequent basis, ahem! ... I decided to give them some quality time together during the day and then meet up with them for a big slap up feast at teatime.
Oh, I know!
I could have joined the 89 hardy souls who went to see Dunstable Town beat Stotfold 2-1 in the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division today, because that was only a few miles drive away, but I opted to stay in Luton itself instead, because it gave me more time to shop.
My son had found me a music store in town, that had loads of Trojan label music for sale at prices that would've tempted even the biggest skinflint to get his hand very deeply into his pocket ... and I did!
After all, there is always room for another 70 or so 'essential' purchases in everyone's record collection, isn't there!?
I've been to the Hatters ground loads of times before and I've never had an ounce of bother in and around these so called 'mean streets'.
Yet the vast majority of people who actually attend matches therein, are white and of English origin.
Maybe the fact supporting your local football team requires a degree of partisan tribalism and borderline mob mentality, that goes against the grain of the 'Love for all, hatred for none' principles of the teachings of Islam ... and explains the demographic juxtaposition of your typical Saturday afternoon crowd at Kenilworth Road.
Either way, it's outside my scope of learning and understanding, so I won't expound further.
In Luton, people just get on with minding their own business and leave everybody else to get on with theirs too.
It seems to work.
On 5 minutes, Hendon got a free kick, out to the right hand side of Luton's penalty area.
Scott Cousins floated the ball into the box and George McCluskey got up unmarked to knock the ball past the former Mansfield Town ... and some other Notts team's ... goalkeeper, Kevin Pilkington.
On 13 minutes, the Hatters were in front, when Curtis Osano crossed the ball in from the right and James Dance got in amongst the Hendon defence to head the ball home.
Unfortunately for the goalscorer, it was his last taste of the action and he was stretchered off with a head injury sustained whilst putting his side ahead.
After more good work on the right from Curtis Osana, Tommy Wright headed Luton's third goal on 25 minutes.
Hendon looked a bit deflated, but kept things ticking over until the interval when they could regroup and have a fresh look at things. Luton for their part, obviously had a couple of players who could do their visitors some real damage going forward like John Paul Kissock and the aforementioned Curtis Osana.
Elliott Charles received the ball on the edge of the Luton box, he had time to take aim and fire, but rushed his shot and missed woefully in front of the travelling supporters.
Hendon were applying a lot of pressure around the box, but couldn't quite find the key to unlock the Hatters defence.
On 71 minutes Hendon were briefly down to nine men while Jamie Busbly was off the pitch receiving treatment for a head injury.
Luton blitzed Hendon and used their numerical advantage to the full with two goals in a minute from Fleetwood and O'Connor.
It did get a bit like the Alamo towards the end.
So via a cash-point we headed to Wetherspoon's and stuffed our faces.
Travel tip ... sticking to the legal speed limit, as one does when there is a minor in the car, bugger the M1, because the A6, A421, A1 route back up to North Notts from Luton, takes less than two hours to complete.