Academy side turn on the style to down Red Kites reserves
HENLEY Town Reserves’ performance in Division 2 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League at the Invesco
HENLEY Town Reserves’ performance in Division 2 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League at the Invesco Perpetual Triangle on Saturday was as capricious as the weather.
In the course of 90 minutes, there was drenching rain, sunshine and loud claps of thunder. And for the first 40 minutes, the Town played some delightful football, only to be overwhelmed during the remainder of the game.
With both sides playing a constructive game, the first half absorbed the small band of spectators, the home team showing vast improvement compared with the previous week. Liam Tindall played prominent parts in many attacks and was unlucky not to score himself. At the other end of the pitch, Andrew Nunn cemented the defence together to form a cohesive whole.
After 32 minutes, however, the Academy side took the lead against the run of play with a shot that curled in at the far post. Undaunted, the Red Kites equalised seven minutes later. Sam Williams sent in a free kick from long range, which the keeper turned on to the crossbar only for Bailey Curtis to bundle the ball into the net. Two minutes before the interval, Henley made several unavailing attempts to dispossess an opposing forward as he proceeded along the bye-line before scoring to put the visitors 2-1 up. The result still seemed in the balance. However, the Academy’s manager kept his side out in the rain at half-time and this seemed to spur his team to greater heights in the second half, while Henley soon wilted in the face of further strikes in the 48th, 53rd, 66th and 72nd minutes in a match in which emergency goalkeeper Milosz Michalik could be faulted for only one of the six goals conceded.