Henley hold on to secure place in national quarter-finals
HENLEY VETS secured a place in the last eight of the HA Trophy Masters Over 40s national knockout competition on Sunday with victory at Worthing.
The amber and blues, made up of a team with a Henley core but supplemented by a couple of Sonning and Wycombe players, went into the game on the back of big wins against Milton Keynes and Lansdown.
From the start Henley’s greater energy and pace proved difficult for the home side to handle and a pattern of possession and territory dominance was established by the visitors which was to last for most of the match.
Paul Chedzey and David Painter led the line with good movement and Henley regularly moved the ball forward to them high up the pitch with ease. Worthing defended well and made it difficult for Henley to break them down. Despite having plenty of the ball and getting the ball forward quickly, Henley found it difficult to get numbers from midfield to support the front two quick enough to create many clear-cut openings.
At the back the four-man defence of Steve King, Jeremy Clarke, Tony Gaze and Ian Heggie were rarely troubled in the opening quarter. With Worthing defending deep they struggled to get the ball to their front players and Henley’s back four in the main dealt with any forays forward with ease.