HENLEY TOWN take a break from trying to improve their league position tomorrow (Saturday), turning their
HENLEY TOWN take a break from trying to improve their league position tomorrow (Saturday), turning their attention to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase, in which they visit Alton for a 3pm kick-off. It is five years since Henley managed a victory in this competition, writes John Bailey.
Alton play in Division 1 of the Sydenhams Wessex League. They are in the top half of the table but have played more games than most of their competitors and went down 4-1 at Christchurch last weekend. Both clubs had byes through the first qualifying round.
Alton’s history is complex because of a series of amalgamations and name changes. At the time of their only previous meeting with Henley at first-team level, which came in 1983/84, they were known as Alton Town. The match was a pre-season friendly, which the Hampshire club, playing at home, won 6-1.
Henley Reserves have a league fixture on the Triangle tomorrow, when they entertain Wokingham and Emmbrook Reserves, kick-off 3pm. Last Saturday, the reserves went down 5-1 when they visited a strong Flackwell Heath reserve side. The home team scored twice before the interval and three times afterwards before substitute Ben Bedgord reduced the Town’s arrears.
On Thursday, the youth team travel to Bicester Town Youth in the Allied Counties League, kicking off at 7.45pm. Last week, they lost 3-1 away to Thame United with Cameron Weatherall on target for Henley.
The Sunday team have a second successive blank weekend. As their next match is a cup tie, they will go three weeks in all without a league fixture â€“ an oddity at this stage of the season.