Late goals put Red Kites into next round of Senior Cup
HENLEY TOWN made it through to the third round of the Reading Senior Cup on Saturday after winning 3-1 in
HENLEY TOWN made it through to the third round of the Reading Senior Cup on Saturday after winning 3-1 in a hard fought match at the Cotswold Sports Centre, writes Graham Harris.
Two minutes into the game, Henley, wearing unfamiliar lilac shirts, opened the scoring. Matt Godwin received a cross from Karl Sims, whose run down the left opened the Westwood defence and his shot was turned into the net by Westwood defender Michael Gibson.
Red Kites’ keeper Sam Cripps’ poor goal kick was seized upon by Westwood’s Chris Bark which allowed him to score the equaliser after 19 minutes.
Shortly after Westwood’s Matt Badger had an effort saved by Cripps, as the home side upped their game.
Ross Storar could have scored for the hosts, with only Cripps to beat, but he shot straight at the keeper and when presented with the rebound he fired wide, moments before the half-time whistle.
In the second half the Red Kites just failed to go ahead when Mitch Cooper’s shot flew narrowly past the right hand post.
The game became a physical encounter, lacking finesse and structure, with extra time looking likely.
Westwood substitute Simon Neale had a shot saved by Cripps while at the other end Graham Sims and Ben Clark came close for Henley. The deadlock was broken by a shot from Kites’ Karl Sims being palmed out by keeper Barnes, to Ben Clark who put the visitors ahead after 82 minutes.
Ryan Witt was clumsily brought down in the area which resulted in a penalty for the visitors which Graham Sims converted with the last kick of the match.
Henley Town: Cripps, Sesay, Faherty, G Sims, Thomas, K Sims, Clark, Cooper, Sheppard, Witt, Godwin.