Sunday, 22 July 2018

Green’s late penalty flick keeps hopes alive

HENLEY LADIES 2nds maintained their Trysports BBO League Premier Division 2 promotion push with a late Kat Green penalty flick

HENLEY LADIES 2nds maintained their Trysports BBO League Premier Division 2 promotion push with a late Kat Green penalty flick ensuring victory over Wallingford 2nds at Jubilee Park.

The hosts took charge of the game and it wasn’t long before they got on the score sheet after a well-worked short corner saw Green foil the defence and send the keeper the wrong way to put her side ahead.

Wallingford were not without their chances and there was plenty of action in Henley’s defending quarter. Keeper Hannah Lavis and the defensive backline of Ruth Nutt, Amber Pocock, Green and Karen Walker soaked up the pressure well but a goalmouth scramble resulted in the award of a penalty flick which the visitors converted to level the score.

The end-to-end game continued, to the point where a counter attack from Wallingford put them 2-1 up after they stole possession from a Henley short corner resulting in an overload of players as Henley were unable to retreat fast enough. Henley took control of the game once more in the second half and despite countless opportunities in the D, time was running out for the hosts. However, a fine solo run from midfielder Caz Shaw saw her drive up the field and into the D, slipping the ball to a waiting Trish Heggie to slot the ball home and equal the scores once more.

This gave the amber and blues the boost they needed and they piled the pressure on even more. This paid off as they were awarded a short corner in the last minute of the game. This resulted in a second short corner following a Wallingford foul. The full-time whistle went but, as the rules of the game state, the short corner was still to be played.

A shot on goal was stopped by a Wallingford foot on the line to result in a penalty flick which Green stepped up to convert and win the match for Henley.

With leaders Phoenix and Ranelagh losing to third place Maidenhead, Henley are now only two points behind first place, but Maidenhead are still just two points behind them and have a game in hand.

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