HENLEY YMCA were knocked off the top of the Premier Division when they crashed to a 3-2 defeat away to
HENLEY YMCA were knocked off the top of the Premier Division when they crashed to a 3-2 defeat away to TILEHURST YM.
Third-placed EMMER GREEN maintained their promotion push with a 3-2 home win against SOUTHBANK.
The hosts took the lead when a ball in from Luke Donegan allowed Richie Froude to put his side ahead after just 20 seconds. Froude was on target again soon after when he converted Richard Bennet’s cross.
Despite Emmer Green having the better of the play, the visitors hit back with two goals, both being scored from corners.
With 10 minutes left a long kick direct from keeper Mark Compton saw John Donegan score from a one-on-one situation to wrap up all three points for the hosts.
Elsewhere relegation threatened KIDMORE END suffered a 5-1 defeat away to BETHEL UNITED. Division 1 East second-placed side HENLEY TOWN drew 1-1 away to fellow promotion rivals WOKINGHAM AND EMMBROOK.
Howard Olley gave Henley the lead after 20 minutes. After that, the Town neglected plenty of chances and had two penalty appeals turned down before a defensive error brought Wokingham and Emmbrook a 72nd minute equaliser.
YMCA UNITED, one of two sides in the division still searching for their first win of the season, went down 4-2 at Lawson Road against THE COUNTY. United started brightly and took the lead when top scorer Ricki Keeley danced through the defence and placed the ball into the bottom corner of The County net. The visitors took control of the match and aided by some loose marking and defending scored two quick goals to take the lead.
United rallied and equalised through Sam Taylor’s neat finish but as the first half drew to a close, the visitors retook the lead.
The second half was a tighter affair with United going close to an equaliser through Aaron Brittain and substitute Jack Taylor. The County sealed the three points when they converted a penalty.
CHECKENDON maintained their promotion push in Division 2 West as they thrashed WHITLEY ATHLETIC 7-0.
SC UNITED maintained their push for the Division 3 East title with a comfortable 3-0 win away to HOBNOB.
The visitors opened after 20 minutes when striker Aaron Attfield’s right wing cross was met by the head of midfielder Lukonde Kasonde at the back post.
The lead was doubled 10 minutes later when right winger Scott Gyngell floated a ball in from the edge of the box for midfielder Martin Best to flick the header over the keeper from 10 yards out.
The game was put to bed around the hour mark when midfielder Danny Jakubiszyn’s through ball released Attfield in behind the Hobnob back line, who finished low and hard from 15 yards out to complete the win.
AFC HENLEY won their fourth Division 4 East match of the season with a 1-0 win over WOODFORD PARK at Jubilee Park.