Thursday, 23 November 2017

Second-half collapse proves costly for Town

Second-half collapse proves costly for Town

HENLEY TOWN let a 2-0 half-time lead slip as they went down to another heavy defeat, this time at home to Brimscombe and Thrupp in their Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division clash last Saturday.

The hosts started brightly as they pressed the visitors’ goal straight from the kick-off with Seve Mayberry prominent down the right flank and after eight minutes he beat the fullback and his cross was met by Chris Nelson whose shot was well saved by Lewis Skyers in the Brimscombe goal.

Mayberry was involved again when he passed infield to Michael Davies whose looping shot from 25 yards gave Skyers, the Brimscombe keeper, no chance to give the Red Kites a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Henley continued to outplay the Gloucestershire team with Mayberry shooting over the bar after 22 minutes. Three minutes later Henley went 2-0 ahead when the hard working Callum Carlisle scored with a shot from 30 yards.

Mayberry was causing havoc down the right flank before a tackle floored the winger and slowed him down for the remainder of the match.

Brimscombe started to tighten things up and Garry Aulsberry saved from Jack Smith on the half hour as Henley managed to keep a clean sheet up to the interval.

The half-time break didn’t do Henley any good because Brimscombe came out working harder and immediately went on the attack and pulled a goal back in the 49th minute when Jack Woodfield made his way down the left flank and his shot eluded Aulsberry to make it 2-1.

The Red Kites restored the two-goal advantage in the 55th minute when substitute Chris Hood worked hard on the left wing and found himself space to make it 3-1.

This was the last look-in Henley had as Brimscombe and Thrupp were now well on top and dominated the home side adding five more goals in the last 35 minutes through Josh Jones, Kyle Pitts, Chris Greenhough and a late couple from Jack Smith in the 86th and 90th minutes to see the points safely with the travelling side.

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