HENLEY 2nds gained revenge for their defeat earlier in the season as they ran out narrow winners away to Leighton
HENLEY 2nds gained revenge for their defeat earlier in the season as they ran out narrow winners away to Leighton Buzzard 1sts last Saturday.
Battling hard from the onset, Henley challenged for every ball and ran good lines all over the pitch. Striker Jeremy Hughes-Burne epitomised the hard work needed to overrun the opposition’s back line.
Several times James Wood penetrated the defence, feeding Harmer and Hughes-Burne in dangerous positions.
It was Price who struck first for the visitors. Harmer scrapping to win the ball released Price who rounded the static defence before scoring.
A nervy 10 minute spell ensued for Henley as the visitors faltered just once in the first half, allowing the Leighton Buzzard to win a penalty-corner which they scored to level the match.
Henley had the upper hand in the second half as they dominated play. The Henley defence repelled any attack with ease while Wiseman showed particular strength, along with the cool-headedness of Draycott, Roberts and Price. Pollard and Wood combined well in the midfield to allow Harmer to cause trouble in the opponent’s 25.
The decisive goal eventually came when Maidlow pounced on a deflected pass to flick the ball past the diving keeper.