Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Double keeps Kites’ title hopes alive

HENLEY TOWN got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win at home to West London outfit Rayners

HENLEY TOWN got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win at home to West London outfit Rayners Lane in their Hellenic League Division 1 East clash on Monday.

Henley was able to go into the break two goals to the good following goals from Ben Clark and Asa Povey.

The first, after 20 minutes, was a ball cut in from the right from Grant Kemp to Jack Thomson-Wheeler whose cross-shot was smashed into the roof of the net from Ben Clark at the back post.

Rayners Lane played some nice football throughout the game but were punished again after 36 minutes when a lovely one-two down the left flank between Richard Bennett and Jordan Goddard enabled Bennett to hit a fine low drive into the box and the late arriving Asa Povey made no mistake to double the Kites’ lead.

Following the break, Rayners Lane found themselves slightly on top but failed to capitalise on some good possession until the 87th minute when a deflected shot wrong-footed the consistent young Dimitrios Kyriatzis in the Red Kites goal.



Henley managed to see the remaining minutes out and nearly extended their lead with a long range effort from Asa Povey, who nearly embarrassed the visiting keeper when he saw him off his line from 40 yards.

His audacious chip had the opposition keeper back-pedalling furiously and he managed to spare his blushes with a fine fingertip save on to his own crossbar to deny Povey his second.

It was a hard-fought result which saw Henley Town climb back into third in the league.

Henley Town: Kyriatzis ,Malone, Goddard, Mew, Baxter, Nunn, Kemp (73), Povey, Bennett, Clark, Thomson-Wheeler (80). Subs: Tye (73), Davies (80), Cooper.

Meanwhile, Henley Town unexpectedly find themselves without a fixture tomorrow (Saturday), when they were supposed to be visiting Chinnor. Whilst their new clubhouse is being constructed, Chinnor cannot use their normal ground and are currently sharing Abingdon Town’s facilities. The postponement arises because the host club now have to play a oounty cup tie. The game has been rearranged for Saturday April 16.

There will be a considerable gap before the Red Kites endeavour to extend their unbeaten run in the league as their next game, on Saturday week, will be away to Carterton in an Hellenic League Supplementary Cup tie.

On Sunday, the Sunday team visit Polonia Reading in a league fixture, kick-off 10.30am, while Wednesday sees the youth team at home to Hanwell Town Youth, also in the league, kicking off at 7.45pm.



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