Friday, 24 November 2017

Woodcote/Stoke Row relinquish Charity Cup

HENLEY TOWN regained the Henley Charity Cup lost to Woodcote Stoke Row in the previous final in an enthralling encounter on Tuesday at Mill Lane.

In a game played at a high tempo throughout, Woodcote enjoyed more possession until Henley took the lead after 10 minutes through Seve Mayberry. A cross from the left eluded the Woodcote defence and Mayberry scored from close-range at the far post.

Woodcote hit back and created some good chances, the best falling to Sam Green whose close range shot cleared the bar from Ryan Corbett’s cross.

The rest of the half was fairly even with a few clear-cut chances wasted at both ends. Almost on the stroke of half-time, Henley were awarded a penalty when Woodcote’s 16-year-old debutant keeper, Alex Rolfe, brought down a forward in the box. Rolfe, who distinguished himself throughout with his calm assurance and some excellent saves, made a good save from Josh Dillon’s spot kick to push the ball onto the bar, but Dillon was able to follow up and score in the empty net for 2-0.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with neither side able to convert the few chances created. For the visitors Jim Hancock’s volley from James Worsfold’s flick-on cannoned back off the woodwork.

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