Saturday, 23 September 2017

Red Kites lose out in battle of league's basement sides

Red Kites lose out in battle of league's basement sides

HENLEY TOWN slipped to their 11th consecutive Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division defeat as they went down 2-1 at basement side Burnham last Saturday.

In an end-to-end match both teams worked hard in the battle between the two bottom sides in the league.

The Red Kites started well against a much changed Burnham side with Michael Davies heading wide after a quick break down the right but the Blues took the lead after eight minutes when Charlie Samuels delicately chipped the advancing Garry Aulsberry to give the home side the lead.

Henley were playing well and Josh Dillon had a shot well saved by Burnham goalkeeper Pat Kinsella. Seve Mayberry was giving the Burnham defence a hard time down the right flank and in the 18th minute he popped up on the left and fired a shot from 25 yards that flew past Kinsella to level the scores.

Mayberry then made his way down the right taking the ball to the corner and his cross went across the Blues’ six-yard box but the advancing Henley players couldn’t get the vital touch to score.

In the 26th minute the Red Kites thought they had equalised but referee James Barry disallowed the goal because of an adjudged foul in the build-up play. Mayberry and Dillon then had efforts either saved by the keeper or blocked by the Burnham defenders as the score remained 1-1 at the interval.

In the second half both teams wasted chances as the game continued to be end-to-end and it seemed to heading for a draw when out of the blue Burnham midfielder Conrad Joseph fired home an unstoppable shot from 30 yards in the 74th minute, giving Henley keeper Aulsberry no chance, and put the hosts ahead.

Henley continued to fight back in the closing stages as Kinsella and his defenders had to scramble the ball away from the goal line as Henley tried to force an equaliser.

Henley Town: Garry Aulsberry; Owen Davies, Patrick Gardner, Tom Hogan, Owen Cummins, Callum Carlisle, Seve Mayberry, Liridon Daka, Michael Davies, Josh Dillon (Reece Buckett, 70 mins), Chris Hood. Substitutes not used: Ben French, Matt Brooklyn, Chris Nelson.

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