Sunday, 22 July 2018

Henley secure Masters HA Trophy

HENLEY lifted the Over 40s Masters HA Trophy on Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Stockton Vets at Nottingham.

Henley settled the better and in the opening 10 minutes pressed the Teessiders hard forcing a string of short corners. Henley failed to convert their early chances and began to force passes and turn the ball over regularly, allowing Stockton to gain a foothold in the game.

Stockton captain Gary Ferguson started to dictate matters in midfield with an impressive passing display as Henley’s back line of Clarke, Heggie, Gaze and King found themselves under pressure and chasing shadows for much of the first half.

For the most part Henley coped well, but were finally exposed on 11 minutes when a swift break left the defence outnumbered and Phil Grainge rounded Ian Heggie before slotting past the advancing Feasey.

The goal settled Stockton and with the error count increasing amongst the Henley ranks the Teessiders enjoyed a strong 15-minute spell and came close to extending their lead when a defensive error left goal scorer Grainge once again one-on-one with Feasey but he shot tamely wide.

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