HENLEY began life in South Premier Division 2 with a comprehensive 4-0 victory on Saturday.
It had been 184 days since Henley won promotion from the MBBO regional league to South Premier Division 2 on the last day of the season, and their first test at the higher level was away to Barnes who finished fourth last season.
The first 10 minutes saw Barnes have the better chances and only good reaction saves by keeper Cox kept the scores level.
As the first half progressed and Henley got used to the wet and slow pitch, chances started to appear. Good tackling in the middle from Ed Foster and Rhys Joyce released Geoff Joseph in the D and only last ditch defending and early season rustiness prevented Henley going one up.
Henley were playing more and more hockey in Barnes’ half and the breakthrough finally came in the 20th minute. With Henley playing a high line and their attacking prowess finally starting to gel, a quick break enabled Luke Gupta on the right to find Ed Foster at the top of the D. Foster slapped the ball to Chris Green on the left post who deflected it first time past the diving Barnes keeper.