Friday, 22 June 2018

Town look to turn up the heat

HENLEY Town are again at home tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Finchampstead in Division 1 (East)

HENLEY Town are again at home tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Finchampstead in Division 1 (East) of the Uhlsport Hellenic League, kick-off 3pm, writes John Bailey.

The Town’s results this season have not yet gelled into any sort of pattern, but the same may be said of many of their opponents including Finchampstead.

After a modest start to the season, Finch moved a place above Henley last weekend by means of an excellent win at Rayners Lane.

By drawing against Bicester, the Red Kites achieved as much as their supporters dared hope, but their performance was better than it may have appeared at first sight, achieved as it was without the assistance of several first-choice players.

One absentee is unlikely to appear again, however, as Warren Baxter is moving away from the district.



This is a cruel blow for Henley, for, with Mitchell Cooper likely to be out all season with arthritis, they have now lost two experienced members from what had, looked a solid back four.

The Town and Finch first met only in the 1987-88 season, but since then they have clashed 44 times in all.

Henley have chalked up 23 wins compared with the Berkshire club’s 14 and nine matches drawn. Finchampstead have won their last three meetings, however, completing the double over the Red Kites last season.

Their last encounter was at the Invesco Perpetual Triangle at the end of March, when, even though Sean Moore, Richard Bennett and Asa Povey all scored for Henley, the visitors got home 4-3.



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