Sunday, 22 April 2018

Town’s Griffin and Alozi make moves

NOTWITHSTANDING all their recent postponements, Henley Town have no game fixed for the next two Saturdays, writes John Bailey.

NOTWITHSTANDING all their recent postponements, Henley Town have no game fixed for the next two Saturdays, writes John Bailey.

The first Saturday in February was also a blank date, and, subject to any late changes, the Town’s next game will be on Tuesday week (February 26) when they entertain Headington Amateurs.

The youth team are at home on Thursday when Holyport Youth are the visitors for an Allied Counties League fixture, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Invesco Perpetual Triangle will also be the venue for a Henley Charity Cup game on Wednesday between Henley YMCA and Winnersh Rangers, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Looking further ahead, the youth team have an important game on Sunday week when they entertain Oxford City Youth in the semi-finals of the Oxfordshire Youth Cup.

Henley’s first team only managed a 1-1 draw in their Charity Cup Group A game last week against Hambleden.

The Lilywhites had all the best of the first half, scoring early, and they should have had several more goals before the interval. The second half was a very different affair, however, as the Town experimented with their line-up and Hambleden rearranged their formation. The village team equalised around the hour mark and were good value for their point at the finish.

The youth team went down 3-2 at home to Holmer Green Youth in last week’s league match, but, after recent events, it was encouraging that three games were played by Town sides within the space of five days. By Sunday morning, however, the weather had reverted to what passes for normal nowadays, with the home fixture against Earley United having to be postponed as the pitch was once more waterlogged.

The transfer of two Town players on Hellenic forms went through last week. Prince Alozi has moved back to Marlow, while Nigel Griffin, who had appeared only occasionally, has gone to Binfield.

In the “respect” tables for the Uhlsport Hellenic League released at the weekend, Henley had the second best figures for both sections of Division 1 a small consolation for their woeful record on the field.

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