Friday, 20 July 2018

Sims’ late strike secures Kites place in semi-finals

KARL SIMS scored a hat-trick to put Henley Town into the semi-final of the Reading Senior Cup on a cold night at Palmer Park on Tuesday, writes Michael Trendall.

The match was only decided after extra time was played in which five of the nine goals on the night were scored.

The Premier Division club started well with Spence and Romeo causing keeper Steven Fairchild many anxious moments. The hosts took the lead when Spence crossed to Campbell who slotted the ball home on 18 minutes.

Aaron Davies made it 2-0 for the hosts against the run of play. Soon after Karl Sims headed a free- kick from brother Graham on to the post which somehow squeezed past Lee Johnson to reduce the deficit. Ben Clark had a header saved before he beat Johnson with a 30-yard drive which struck the upright and bounced down on the goal line and out.

At half-time, Peacock replaced Spence and Henley brought on Darren O’Callaghan for Matt Goodwin.

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