Joseph ends campaign on high note with first treble for club
HENLEY 1sts finished third in the MBBO Regional Division 1 after running out narrow winners against relegation-threatened Staines at Jubilee
HENLEY 1sts finished third in the MBBO Regional Division 1 after running out narrow winners against relegation-threatened Staines at Jubilee Park last Saturday.
Henley dominated the early stages of the game playing an attacking formation allowing the midfield duo of Foster and Mortimer to dictate attacks.
Despite the hosts’ dominance, missed chances proved costly as the visitors broke the deadlock after poor defending led to a free hit being deflected in.
Henley continued to control possession but continued to waste chances, hitting the post twice until Geoff Joseph scored his first of the afternoon with a neat one-on-one finish against the Staines keeper to level just before half-time.
With so much possession and solid defending it was only a matter of time before Henley would take a grip of the game.
Ed Foster put the hosts ahead with a smart finish past the in-form goalkeeper. This seemed to spur the home side into action and forced Gaze, Slay and Baker into some fine defensive work in front of Cox who put in another solid play.
Staines then received a yellow card for a rash tackle and down to 10 men conceded two further goals at the hands of Joseph to wrap up his first hat-trick in Henley colours.
At 4-1 up the home side were guilty of letting their foot off the gas allowing the visitors, in search of the win, two goals to set up a tense final 10 minutes.
In the end the experience and confidence of Henley allowed them to close out the game to secure the three points.