Sunday, 22 April 2018

In-form Red Kites hit Woodley Town for six

HENLEY TOWN produced a rampant second-half performance to crush hosts Woodley Town in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic

HENLEY TOWN produced a rampant second-half performance to crush hosts Woodley Town in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League on Saturday, writes Graham Harris.

This was a keenly fought local derby with the majority of the current Henley squad having played for Woodley last season.

Ten minutes into the first half, a move between the Kites’ Sam Cripps and Matt Godwin culminated in a shot from Godwin, curling past the outstretched hand of Ashley Smith, into the left hand corner of the net.

Woodley strived for an equaliser, Ishmal Thomas battled hard while forward Omar Cofie proved lively in attack.

Henley forced three corners in succession shortly before half-time which Woodley defended well.

After an interval rainstorm the second half commenced with a second goal for Kites’ Godwin as his shot flew into the net after just two minutes.

Ten minutes later Cripps mounted a run through a disorganised Woodley defence before despatching the ball into the left hand corner to make it 3-0. Cripps was then substituted for Darragh O’Callaghan.

Henley piled on the pressure as Karl Sims broke through down the left side and his firm shot gave Smith no chance on the hour mark.

Brett Rann was brought on to bolster the Kites attack and the move paid dividends. O’Callaghan found Rann with a well-flighted ball and he neatly slotted home on 67 minutes.

After 78 minutes O’Callaghan won the ball and passed to Louis Howell, whose clinical shot found the back of the net for Henley’s sixth.

Warren Baxter, returning from injury, joined the game to reinforce the Kites defence. Ashley East, who had a quiet game between the sticks, was called upon to make two good saves late in the game, from Woodley’s Jeremy West and Ian Graham.

Henley Town: East, Sesay, Cooper, Nunn, Sims, Witt, Faherty, Gordon, Howell, Cripps, Godwin, O’Callaghan, Rann, Baxter.

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