Wednesday, 17 January 2018

10-men Red Kites hold on for share of spoils

HENLEY TOWN picked up a Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division point away at Bracknell Town on

HENLEY TOWN picked up a Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division point away at Bracknell Town on Tuesday night in a hard-fought encounter.

The Red Kites, who have now picked up eight points in five games after losing their first six matches of the season, lost defender Mitch Cooper to a red card and goalkeeper Ben Hitchens to injury in the first half but took the lead through Nile O’Meally before Bracknell’s equaliser.

Henley started slowly and went down to 10 men as Cooper was given his marching orders after bringing down the Bracknell forward while the last man.

Soon after Hitchens was taken off with a broken hand following a clash in the penalty area, to be replaced by Andrew Nunn. He was later taken to hospital and faces six weeks out.

Henley had two penalty shouts turned down in the second half but went ahead through O’Meally’s smart finish after he ran in behind the home defence.



But Bracknell made the most of their numerical advantage and were awarded a penalty following a rash challenge from Henley defender Warren Baxter.

Forward TJ Bohane saw his initial penalty saved by stand-in Nunn but scored from the rebound.

The hosts were also denied a late winner for offside as Henley hung on for the draw. The Red Kites now sit 15th in the league table ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Tuffley Rovers, could face a goalkeeper crisis with defender Nunn set to continue in goal.

Manager Gerry McGinty said: “We have turned the corner slightly in terms of performances and results. We’ve had a lot of boys away or injured who are starting to come back, although we do have some missing for a few weeks through suspension.

“Generally the team is starting to get the idea and eight points from five games isn’t a bad haul.”



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