Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Fight back too late as Henley lose out

CONCEDING two first-half goals left Henley with too much to do in their South League Division 2 clash with Oxford

CONCEDING two first-half goals left Henley with too much to do in their South League Division 2 clash with Oxford on Saturday.

Henley started well and for the first 15 minutes they were camped in Oxford’s half, winning three short corners and forcing the opposition goalkeeper into a number of saves.

But, as in previous games, Henley then conceded from a counterattack, finding themselves too high up the pitch and not dealing with the Oxford attack.

Henley tried to hit back on 25 minutes when Lou England found Jenny Buckham in the D but her first-time shot glanced against the defender’s foot forcing the ball on to the goal. A short corner was awarded but the visitors failed to capitalise.

Henley almost went level through Es Walker but some last-ditch defending allowed the visitors to clear the ball and counter attack.

The visitors then fell further behind when a hopeful ball into the D from Oxford was being dealt with by Mel Joyce when Sam Smith in goal came out to try and block the attack.

Smith put her hands on the Oxford defender and for the fifth game this season, Henley found themselves giving away a flick, and the home side converted to make it 2-0 at half time.

Henley began poorly after the restart and within 10 minutes Oxford had gone 3-0 up following a good move.

The visitors pulled a goal back 10 minutes form the end as England found Hayley Rodgers who slotted the ball home. Five minutes later, Henley’s Cleo Lyn finished well after a penetrating run to set up a tense finish but they were unable to square the match.

On Sunday, Henley are at home to North Notts in the Investec Women’s Trophy semi-final, kick-off 2pm. Spectators welcome.

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