Martin nets four goals for Hotspurs in 16-goal thriller
AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U14s went down to a narrow 4-3 East Berks League defeat against BERKS
AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U14s went down to a narrow 4-3 East Berks League defeat against BERKS COUNTY SNAKES U14s at Lawson Road last Saturday.
The visitors took the lead after five minutes when a ball over the top beat the Henley defence.
The Snakes, who were denied several times by good goalkeeping by Henley’s Matthew Balchin, finally saw their pressure tell as they went 2-0 up on 10 minutes.
Three minutes later Alfie Hearn pulled a goal back for the hosts with a tidy little finish into the bottom corner.
The remainder of the half was even but just before half-time the Snakes managed to get down the left side and delivered a low cross which was poked in inside the six yard box to make it 3-1.
Within five minutes of the restart Henley were back in the game with an accurate finish from Luke Bradbury which clipped the post and gave the keeper no chance.
Henley were in the ascendancy and started to control the game, although the Snakes were still a threat down the left side and it took further good saves from man-of-the-match Balchin to keep them at bay.
However, once again with Henley chasing the equalising goal, the defence were left short at the back and the Snakes extended their lead through a quick counterattack.
Henley didn’t give up hope and in the last 20 minutes pulled a goal back from Owen Challis following a corner.
Archie Barker and Luke Freeman both netted hat-tricks as AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U13s won a 13-goal thriller 8-5 away to CAMBERLEY TOWN YOUTH RANGERS U13s.
The Hurricanes got off to a flying start when Barker went one-on-one with the Camberley keeper before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner. A well directed pass from defender Will Saunders released man-of-the-match Freeman, enabling him to strike from an acute angle and extend their lead, quickly scoring again to make it 3-0.
A Camberley shot rebounding from the Henley keeper was seized upon by the home team to get them on the scoresheet. Henley never let up with continued pressure and a cross by Barker to Freeman produced another goal.
Camberley were able to capitalise on chances and added two more goals themselves before half-time.
The second half saw Henley with more possession and a further goal from Freeman and two from Ben Hudson completed the scoring.
HENLEY HOTSPURS U13s were held to an 8-8 draw away to East Berks League second placed side CURLEY PARK RANGERS U13s on Saturday.
Kicking against the slope Henley were 3-0 down after 15 minutes until Sonny Martin raced through to make it 3-1. Curley then added two more goals before Owen Simmons and Xavier Mica combined well to set up Ben Yeoman to fire home for Henley. Curley then made it 6-2 on the stroke of half-time.
In the second half, playing with the slope, Martin ran the home defence ragged with two quick goals. Elliott Fielder then got in on the act with a fine finish from just outside the box before new signing Phil Hayes levelled for Henley to make it 6-6.
Ben Yeoman added Henley’s seventh and man-of-the-match Martin added his fourth and Henley’s eighth. Curley Park then scored twice from set pieces to complete the scoring.