Saturday, 21 April 2018

Rebel attack takes the wind out of Hurricanes

HENLEY AFC Hurricanes’ league–winning side met Rotherfield United’s Rebels U12s in a friendly amid great anticipation on Sunday.

HENLEY AFC Hurricanes’ league–winning side met Rotherfield United’s Rebels U12s in a friendly amid great anticipation on Sunday.

Henley started with an attack deep into Rotherfield territory, which was quickly repulsed by the rock–solid Rotherfield defence of Joe Macdonald, Aaron Bishop, Daniel Watts and Charlie Masters.

The play then was mainly kept in the Henley half with Alfie Briggs opening Rotherfield’s account on 20 minutes on his debut after collecting a cross from Charlie Wagstaff.

Jack Curthbertson was unlucky with three excellent shots on goal, that either hit the post or were parried by the Henley keeper. Rotherfield continued to keep the pressure on, with attacks down the right wing being fed by Rowan Prince and Jack White in central midfield, but Henley held on until half time. Rotherfield made an immediate impact in the second half, Briggs scoring just 26 seconds after the restart with an unstoppable shot from the right side of the box. The Rotherfield pressure was relentless, and Henley were finding it difficult to get out of their half, and couldn’t make use of their excellent midfield players such as Justus Larter and Felix Grant.

Zodey Sabijan grabbed Rotherfield’s third after picking up on an Eddie Handley shot which had rebounded off a Henley defender .



Soon after, a similar shot by Wagstaff was helped into the net by Watts who had been moved from defence into a more attacking role.

With four in the bag and the game secure, the Rotherfield players were unselfishly playing in Briggs to get him his debut hat–trick

It was only a matter of time before Briggs not only netted his third, but also earned himself man of the match.



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