Williams and Stargatt net doubles for league leaders
HENLEY YMCA retained their three-point lead at the top of the Premier Division after a 7-2 victory over TILEHURST YM
HENLEY YMCA retained their three-point lead at the top of the Premier Division after a 7-2 victory over TILEHURST YM at Lawson Road.
Henley went into half-time with a goal advantage after Simon Chandler scrambled the ball in from close range after Mark Stargatt had his initial effort blocked.
Soon after the break, Henley’s Michael Butcher doubled his side’s lead with a half-volley from 25 yards.
Tilehurst pulled a goal back from a corner before Chandler restored his side’s two-goal advantage with a finish on the turn.
The visitors netted next with a good team goal to make it 3-2.
Henley’s fourth came when a cross from Gary Williams soared over a helpless keeper and into the goal. Williams doubled his tally with another good drive soon after.
Minutes later Stuart Brown curled a free kick into the top right corner from 25 yards to score Henley’s sixth.
When presented with a one-on-one, Stargatt completed Henley’s romp with an accomplished finish.
Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END crashed to a 3-2 defeat at home to SOUTHBANK.
Kidmore took the lead in the first minute when a cross from Danny Court was finished from close range by Steve Braisher.
Five minutes into the second half Southbank drew level. Kidmore regained their lead when Kieren Chard finished a good solo run from the edge of the area on the hour mark.
Southbank drew level on 70 minutes with a goal direct from a corner before sealing the win five minutes from time.
Second-placed HENLEY TOWN boosted their Division 1 East promotion hopes with a 3-0 win against third-placed WOKINGHAM AND EMMBROOK.
The match was supposed to be played at Wokingham and Emmbrook’s Lowther Road ground but with the pitch unplayable, the match was switched to the Invesco Perpetual Triangle. Matt Crouchman put Henley in front on the quarter-hour. Paul Nobes increased the lead just prior to the interval before adding his second five minutes from time.
GORING UNITED’S Division 1 West promotion hopes took a knock as they crashed to a late goal in their 1-0 defeat away to rivals PURLEY JUBILEE.
Ollie Johnston netted five goals as KIDMORE END RESERVES ran out 7-1 away to relegation-threatened Division 2 West side HORSE AND JOCKEY.
Dave Barrett and Brad Hayden also got their names on the score sheet for Kidmore End.
A weakened SC UNITED side managed to maintain their 100 per cent record in Division 3 East with a 2-1 win over REAL READING at Bishopswood. During the first half United went close to scoring with both Martin Best and Scott Gyngell missing the target from close range.
The scoring was eventually opened on the half-hour mark when left back Michael Johnson’s fired home a 25-yard free kick.
United extended their lead on the hour mark when a Johnson corner was nodded in by centre half Simon Eade.
With the game looking very comfortable, Eade fell awkwardly bringing the ball out of defence, only for a Real Reading striker to fire home the loose ball from 25 yards out.
The eighth successive win put SC United top of the table.
GORING UNITED RESERVES put an end to Division 3 BASILDON BARBARIANS’ 100 per cent record as they held the league leaders to a 1-1 draw at Sheepcote Recreation Ground.
Following an even first half, Goring took the lead after 70 minutes when a good run and pass by Luke Butler found Chris Cresswell who beat the defender and on-rushing keeper to toe-end the ball into the net.
The visitors pushed forward and were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go after a rash challenge in the box. The spot kick was duly converted to level the scores.
Top-of-the-table BURGHFIELD RESERVES completed the double over AFC HENLEY in Division 4 West at Jubilee Park on Sunday. AFC Henley began the game well, keeping possession, attacking and keeping Burghfield on the back foot. The best chance of the goalless first half fell to Adam Henley who forced a good save from the opposition keeper.
After the break the game continued in much the same way, with AFC Henley pressing well, hitting the woodwork on many occasions.
Burghfield took the lead from a counter-attack. AFC Henley kept pressing for an equaliser and were rewarded with a goal from Nick Edwards late in the game.
The league leaders regained the lead minutes later but despite the hosts piling on the pressure they could not find an equalising goal.