Chaplin scores on debut to help side pick up first point of season
EMMER GREEN slipped to their fourth defeat of the season as they went down 2-1 away to Tilehurst Charity cup
EMMER GREEN slipped to their fourth defeat of the season as they went down 2-1 away to Tilehurst Charity cup winners BARTON ROVERS in their Senior Division clash at Little Heath School.
After dominating the early stages Emmer Green took the lead when Simon Griffiths took on a defender before curling a left foot shot into the bottom corner of the Rovers goal.
Despite dominating the game the visitors were unable to take their chances in the second half and could only watch as Barton came from behind to score twice and take all three points.
Luke Donegan and Chris Read both came close for visitors but their efforts were off target.
In the Premier Division KIDMORE END moved up to third place after beating FOX AND HOUNDS by the odd goal in seven at Gallowstree Common.
Michael Tegg put the hosts in front within 15 minutes as his speculative effort from distance flat-footed the visiting goalkeeper.
A header following a corner brought the away side level before taking the lead, again from a header from another set piece.
Zac Tull’s 20-yard chip levelled things up before the break, following good build-up play from Kieren Chard.
The introduction of striker Robert Dighton minutes after the break paid dividends, as the substitute lated on to a Simon Butler free kick to score from close range with his first touch to put Kidmore ahead.
The visitors again brought the score line level, with their forward capitalising on a mistimed back pass to equalise.
The win was sealed when Dighton combined with fellow substitute Stuart Brown, whose cross was prodded home by Dighton.
Dighton nearly sealed his third, only to see his 20 yard effort strike the inside of the post.
And with time added on, Fox nearly snatched a point, only to see their headed effort strike the post.
HENLEY YMCA UNITED picked up their first league point of the season with a much improved performance against 116 EXILES at their Lawson Road ground in Division 1 East.
The hosts went behind early on when the first corner of the match saw an Exiles player rise highest to head home from close range.
YMCA piled on the pressure which culminated in George Chaplin scoring on his debut. Chaplin picked up the ball on the right wing and embarked on a searing run across the pitch leaving several defenders floundering in his wake. As he got to the edge of the Exiles’ area he struck a swerving shot that gave the visiting keeper no chance.
From a long ball over the top of the YMCA defence the Exiles went in front again against the run of play. As the ball came over, YMCA keeper Aymer Wilson came out of his area to clear the danger but the ball broke to an Exiles midfielder who lobbed the ball back over the top of the stranded Wilson and just past the dive of Alex Rooke on the United goal line.
YMCA equalised for the second time in the match when Chaplin left the fullback trailing in his wake before hitting the byline and crossing for Sam Taylor to convert from six yards.
From the resulting restart YMCA pressed the Exiles straight away, with man-of-the-match captain Matt Brakspear causing the visitors problems.
Neat interplay from Brakspear and Jack Kennedy in the United midfield set Hughes scampering away down the right before Taylor grabbed his second goal of the game to put the hosts in front.
Half way through the second half a sharp counterattack resulted in Exiles equalising.
In Division 3 East MAPLEDURHAM went down to a 3-2 defeat at home to SUPER REEVES.
The hosts went 1-0 up courtesy of a long range strike by Dan Salisbury. The visitors levelled with a penalty before going ahead a few minutes later. In the second half the visitors extended their lead before Stuart Owen pulled a goal back for Mapledurham 10 minutes from time.
Elsewhere in the division THE GROSVENOR went down to a 5-2 defeat at home to HORSE AND JOCKEY.