HENLEY TOWN twice fought back from a goal down to beat Frilsham and Yattendon 7-3 in the Reading Senior Cup
HENLEY TOWN twice fought back from a goal down to beat Frilsham and Yattendon 7-3 in the Reading Senior Cup on Saturday.
The Red Kites trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before six second-half goals saw off the hosts and sealed the visitors’ progress to the third round.
Henley started strongly on a pitch rendered slippery by overnight frost and went close to taking the lead when Grant Kemp fired over before Ben Clark’s cross evaded everyone in the box.
Frilsham took the lead against the run of play in the 12th minute. Warren Baxter’s slip let in the hosts’ striker, who ran forward before firing past Andrew Nunn.
The Red Kites enjoyed a lot of possession as they looked for an equaliser but had to wait until the stroke of half-time for Sean Moore to level, firing in from an Asa Povey corner.
Frilsham retook the lead minutes into the second half, the central midfielder collecting Richard Thomas’ defensive header 30 yards out and hammering home an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. The lead lasted just minutes as Henley equalised for a second time through Kemp. The visitors then ended the tie with four goals in 10 minutes, Billy Gordon netting twice before Clark and Povey added the extras.
Frilsham kept battling and were rewarded with a third goal in the last 10 minutes but Henley scored again before the final whistle to secure a comfortable win.
Speaking after the match, Henley Town manager Craig Sumner said: “It was our first game of 2015 and we have also missed a couple of training sessions so this will hopefully set us on our way for the rest of the year.
“It’s a good result for confidence. They are a couple of leagues below us and the pitch was quite tight so it was a tough test and one we came through well.”