A TWO-goal salvo from Brett Rann helped Henley Town defeat Old Woodstock Town on Monday for a second
A TWO-goal salvo from Brett Rann helped Henley Town defeat Old Woodstock Town on Monday for a second victory in the space of five days.
Richard Bennett also cracked home a fine volley from distance as the Red Kites put a huge dent in their opponents’ promotion bid.
Rann got the scoring going on 23 minutes, bringing down Sean Moore’s lofted pass from deep well before buying a shot past the Woodstock ‘keeper from outside the box.
The home side should have built on their slender lead before the break, with Bennett and MooreÂ also going close during a dominant opening 45 minutes by Town
And the missed opportunities would come back to haunt Town, as Zac McKekran equalised for Woodstoke on the rebound midway through the second half after Joe Broadway had saved the initial effort.
Â It was during the last 10 minutes, though, when the game became exciting, with Bennett flashing home a volley to restore the advantage.
Moore was then heavily involved again just five minutes later, cutely lifting the ball over the Woodstock defence, where Rann doubled his tally for the evening with a first-time finish as Henley moved back up to fifth in the Hellenic Division 1 East standings.
Henley Town: J.Broadway, Faherty, Thomas 80, Nunn, Baxter, Pellham, W. Broadway 77, Clark, Bennett, Moore Rann. Subs: Witt, Howell, Godwin.
RICHARD BENNETT headed home a 90th-minute equaliser to rescue Town a point from an eight-goal thriller.
Things had started well for the away side, who took the lead on seven minutes courtesy of a cool Grant Kemp finish. However, Didcot were back level moments later and then quickly took the lead despite calls for offside. It remained at 2-1 until midway through the second half when Bennett clipped home a free-kick.
But the hosts reply was again a swift one, with two further goals in as many minutes seemingly putting them in control of the game.
Henley, though, refused to go down without a fight, Bennett this time crossing for Richard Witt to crash the ball home from close range and reduce the arrears.
Then, with time running out, Louie Howell stormed down the left flank and swung over an inviting cross which was met by a towering Bennett to tie up the scores with just seconds remaining.
A GRANT Kemp hat-trick helped Henley book their place in the quarter-final of the Hellenic Supplementary Cup last Thursday.
Asa Povey was also on target as the side set up a last-four showdown with Lydney.