Sunday, 22 July 2018

Premier division side have edge in club clash

HENLEY TOWN lost by a single goal to Premier Division side Binfield at the Triangle, in the second round of

HENLEY TOWN lost by a single goal to Premier Division side Binfield at the Triangle, in the second round of the Hellenic League Challenge Cup on Saturday, writes Graham Harris.

The Red Kites defence showed a resilient quality throughout the afternoon, diffusing a variety of dangerous attacks from the visitors.

Keeper Steven Fairchild made a fine save then stranded, could only watch as ex Henley player Jemal Johnson shot marginally wide from the follow-up.

Binfield’s Josh Howell sent a shot just over the bar, as the visitors took hold of the game before Johnson saw another shot speed narrowly past the right hand post.

Henley had few first half shots on goal as Fairchild kept them in the game with a string of impressive saves.

Sam Cripps was shown a yellow card for a foul as Binfield finished the half with two corners, directed to safety by Kites’ Warren Baxter.

Henley keeper Fairchild was called into action immediately after kick-off, diving to push the ball away from Rusby’s fluctuating shot. A good move between Cornell and Johnson resulted in the ensuing shot hitting the right hand post.

Rupen Limbu was replaced by Karl Sims just before Binfield scored on the hour mark after a free kick sailed into the goalmouth, rendered the Henley defence immobile for the first time in the game and Josh Howell seized the opportunity to plant a header past the helpless Fairchild.

Rusby almost scored a second when his volley narrowly passed the goalpost. Louis Howell was brought on by Henley late in the half before Graham Sims picked up a yellow card for a robust challenge.

Ex Henley goalkeeper Shaun Coker replaced Matt Watson for the last minutes of the game.

Henley Town: Fairchild. Sesay, Rolfe, G Sims, Baxter, Cooper, Clark, Witt, Cripps, Godwin, Limbu, K Sims, Donegan, Howell.

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