Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Boss takes positives from defeat

HENLEY TOWN came close to causing another upset after a narrow defeat to second-placed Headington Amateurs on Tuesday.

HENLEY TOWN came close to causing another upset after a narrow defeat to second-placed Headington Amateurs on Tuesday.

Having started the New Year by holding table-toppers Rayners Lane to a 3-3 draw, the Lilywhites were beaten 4-3 in only their third game of 2013.

Roy Hanley’s side fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to push the opposition all the way and almost snatched an equaliser at the death.

Traffic problems had delayed kick-off and led to Henley having to make three late changes to the starting line-up and their opponents took advantage by scoring inside the first 20 minutes before doubling their lead two minutes before the interval.

Five minutes into the second half a cross-field ball from Andrew White found striker Edward Holmes, who hustled his marker off the ball before unleashing a 35-yard volley that went in off the bar.

The Lilywhites took confidence from the goal and created further chances but their work was undone as Headington scored again with 20 minutes to go.

Graham Sims made it 3-2 when he lashed in a low free kick from the edge of the box and Henley were back in the mix.

Headington looked to have secured the points with 10 minutes remaining after another spectacular strike from 30 yards but Town were not prepared to roll over and Sims headed in Sean Moore’s corner just two minutes later.

It set up a frantic end to the game with Moore, Holmes and Tom Shepherd coming close to snatching what would have been only their third point of the season.

Hanley was pleased with his side’s performance in the second half, which he said was “much improved” on the 4-2 defeat to Penn and Tylers Green in their previous match.

He said: “I feel that had we had better preparation and not as much disruption before the game we might have got something from it.

“We’ve got 10 games left and if we play like we did in the second half and get a similar squad out each game we will definitely pick up a few points without a doubt.”

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