A GOAL in either half proved the undoing for Aveley as Hendon picked up the three points at Mill Field on Monday night reports Colin Munford.
It didn’t get off to the best possible start as the Millers were behind from the fourth minute onwards and although they had their chances Gary McCann’s side were more clinical.
Michael Peacock attempted a shot from 30 yards out and it appeared to take a deflection, and with keeper Dave McCartney already diving the other way the ball nestled into the back of the net despite his best efforts.
But Sherwin Stanley missed a golden opportunity to level the scores only a minute later when Junior Dadson’s ball in fell to the striker but he couldn’t direct the ball goalwards.
Hendon were playing the more fluid football and McCartney soon made amends when he came out to block Belal Aite-Ouakrim’s effort.
Tamer Tuna forced Berkley Laurencin into a fine save as the Chartlon’s loanee shot was pushed behind by the 22-year-old keeper.
That was as good as it what was going to get for the hosts as after the break Hendon made the points all but safe on the hour mark when Lubomir Guentchev’s ball across the box from the byline to new signing Greg Ngoyi, from Wealdstone and he simply tapped the ball in from close range.
Manager Carl Griffiths tried to make changes, with Josh Llewellyn, fresh from his three match suspension and Jerome Ingram on the comeback trail from injury, but it didn’t change proceedings in the home side’s favour.
Hendon missed a chance to round off the display when Aite-Ouakrim fluffed his shot wide, whilst at the other end Stanley’s shot landed on the roof of the net and then saw a later effort saved by Berkley Laurencin.
Aveley: Dave McCartney, Ryan Andrews, Joe Carter, Tony Russell, Spencer Harrison (Sean Francis 71), Andy Howell (Jerome Ingram 64), Orlando Smith (Josh Llewellyn 64), Kenny Beaney, Shewin Stanley, Tamer Tuna, Junior Dadson
Subs not used: Charlie Read, Abs Thompson.