Kemp’s brace not enough as hosts hit back to earn draw
HENLEY TOWN wrapped up their Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East campaign with a 4-4 draw away
HENLEY TOWN wrapped up their Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East campaign with a 4-4 draw away at Chinnor on Wednesday evening.
Asa Povey put the Red Kites in front on the half hour mark when he followed up a Grant Kemp free kick and rifled the rebound into the net.
Chinnor scored within two minutes of the restart when a corner went straight into net from Chapman.
Henley went ahead again just before the hour mark when they broke away from defending a corner and a one-two between Clark and Liam Tindell allowed Clark to get a shot in which was saved by the keeper but Town defender Jonathan Malone made no mistake from the rebound.
Chinnor came back again and a failed clearance dropped to Chapman who shot low into the bottom corner of the net to level the scores once more.
Henley then scored twice in eight minutes to go 4-2 up. The first goal on 75 minutes came from another breakaway move that allowed Tindell to find Kemp on the edge of the box to fire home. This was followed up by a Povey cross which found the unmarked Kemp to score what looked like the winner. However, Chinnor netted twice from headers by Essex in the final few minutes to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.
HENLEY TOWN went down to a 3-0 defeat in their penultimate league fixture away to this season’s runners-up, Bicester Town, on Monday night.
The Red Kites side, who will themselves finish third in this season’s campaign, was decimated with injuries with Sam Cripps, Matt Godwin and Mitch Cooper being called upon to assist in fielding a side.
Bicester took the lead on 15 minutes when a back post header was knocked down to Scott who volleyed in from inside the six yard box.
Liam Tindell, a recent 16-year-old signing from Reading Town, gave the home side a torrid time on his full debut down the left wing with his adventurous attacks. Henley had a good 20 minute period of the first half and were unlucky not to go into the break level when Asa Povey broke free and his attempted lift over the keeper went wide. Bicester opened the scoring early in the second half when a failed clearance fell to Kidd on the edge of the box and his shot found the net to make it 2-0.
Henley rallied again and the introduction of long term injury absentee Cooper and the re-shuffle of moving Ben Clark back up front gave the Red Kites more energy they were requiring to make any sort of impact. Bicester put the game behind any doubt in the 85th minute when Bone scored from a fierce drive that found the roof of the net.