Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Henley hit back in 10-goal thriller

HENLEY came from three goals down to draw away to Southern Premier League second-place side Eastcote on Saturday.

HENLEY came from three goals down to draw away to Southern Premier League second-place side Eastcote on Saturday.

Henley conceded an early goal due to poor marking at the back before a well-worked short corner from Eastcote left keeper Roy Cox picking the ball out of the goal again.

At 2-0 down Henley had a few chances, mainly coming from debutant Ross Hibberd down the right, but the amber and blues couldn’t convert and soon found themselves fall a further goal behind.

Good goalkeeping by skipper Cox ensured the deficit stayed at just three. However, soon after Green won Henley a short corner which was converted by Ali Slay.

A couple of minutes before half time a clever one-two between Mortimer and Foster resulted in Mortimer scoring to reduce the arrears to just one goal.

Winger Jonny Taylor started the second half brightly and it wasn’t long until he won Henley’s first short corner of the half. A Gaze-Foster-Gaze routine saw the centre back sweep the ball calmly into the goal to equalise.

Henley were now dominating the game and the pressure was too much for the hosts as Mortimer bobbled a ball into the D and it deflected off an Eastcote defender past the keeper to put the visitors into the lead.

Henley were in control but Geoff Joseph made a rash tackle on the halfway line and was shown a yellow card. With Henley down to 10 men Eastcote came back and scored two more goals to go 5-4 up.

With just minutes remaining coach Heggie took off Mike Woolfrey to play three up front and the gamble paid off with an equalising goal courtesy of Green.

With one minute to go the ball broke to Green on the counterattack, Taylor sprinted 80 yards to support, Green committed the keeper, passed to Taylor and just as the midfielder was about to pass the ball into the empty goal he was clattered by an Eastcote defender.

The umpires discussed but refused to give the penalty flick and as the penalty corner couldn’t be converted the game ended in a draw.

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