Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Dowling forces home winner for Stars

AFC HENLEY STARS U16s triumphed 3-2 in their East Berks Alliance Division 2 home clash with LYNE LYNX U16s on Saturday

AFC HENLEY STARS U16s triumphed 3-2 in their East Berks Alliance Division 2 home clash with LYNE LYNX U16s on Saturday.

The hosts started well and after a good move down the right Sam Veron crossed for Sam Kelly to open the scoring.

Lyne hit back after some sloppy Henley defending and then took the lead from a well converted set piece.

The Stars equalised just before the break with a fine strike from Elliot Whittingham.

In the second half Henley took the lead after a Lyne goalkeeping error allowed Jack Dowling to force the ball over the line. The home side then defended well as they held on to secure all the points.

AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U12s bounced back from their first defeat of the year with a hard-fought 4-0 victory against ELM GROVE COLTS FLAMES U12s at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

Henley began well, creating several early chances but found the Elm Grove keeper in fine form. After continued pressure Will Symons managed to get the ball past him but narrowly missed the target on two separate occasions.

As Elm Grove got into the game they broke quickly, a long ball upfield caused confusion in the Henley defence, and their striker took the opportunity to open the scoring.

Henley continued to stick to their passing game to try and carve out some opportunities but they were unable to score before half time, Luke Freeman coming closest with a free-kick just over the bar.

The second half began the way of the first, with Henley creating all the chances but still finding it hard to score.

Symons was again unlucky as his rasping shot was palmed onto the bar by the Elm Grove number one. Henley stuck to their guns and their patience eventually paid dividends when Leon Bradshaw found Adam Palmer in the box, who laid the ball off for Freeman to blast in an equaliser.

From this point Henley never looked back. Man-of-the match Harry Purslow delivered a pin-point corner for Palmer to bullet a head into the roof of the net.

Freeman then scored a second with another powerful run and shot. Hotspurs could have scored more had it not been for the heroics of the Flames goalkeeper.

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