Old rivals Penn and Tylers Green are next on the agenda
HENLEY TOWN will entertain old rivals Penn and Tylers Green tomorrow in Division 1 (East) of the Hellenic League, kick-off
HENLEY TOWN will entertain old rivals Penn and Tylers Green tomorrow in Division 1 (East) of the Hellenic League, kick-off 3pm, writes John Bailey.
The teams first met 40 years ago when Henley were just getting back on their feet two seasons after losing the old Reading Road ground.
The Town won 9-2 despite the playing time being reduced to 80 minutes, but the frequent subsequent meetings in various competitions have been fairly evenly matched. Henley have won 26 times, Penn on 22 occasions, and there have been five draws.
In view of Henley’s woeful record last season, it is no surprise that Penn beat them twice.
In fact, the French School Meadows side themselves had a lack-lustre start to the campaign, which made their eventual fourth-place finish all the more meritorious.
A home win last Saturday by the only goal of the game against Didcot Town Reserves took them to sixth in the current season.
The Red Kites will be looking to improve their own position but are again likely to be without the injured Mitchell Cooper, who was expected to be a key player after winning both player-of-the-year awards at Woodley last season.
No one knew quite what to expect when Henley Reserves began their league programme last Saturday.They did not run at all last season, while the standard of the Premier Division of the East Berks League was an unknown quantity. Supporters were delighted when they returned from Slough Heating with a 6-0 win to their credit.
Sam Williams registered a hat-trick, and Mark Caudle, Jim Nightingale and Andy West, who missed much of last season through injury, all scored once. Tomorrow the reserves have another league fixture, visiting The Lynchpin, kick-off 2pm.