Monday, 23 July 2018

Buckham’s parting shot enough to earn side crown

HENLEY netted an extra time golden goal to secure the EHB National Trophy against local rivals Sonning at Nottingham on

HENLEY netted an extra time golden goal to secure the EHB National Trophy against local rivals Sonning at Nottingham on Sunday.

Despite being down to 10 players, Jen Buckham, who was playing her last match for the club after announcing her retirement from the sport, netted the decisive goal.

Henley piled on the pressure from the first minute with the first quarter-of-an-hour’s play taking place in the Sonning half.

Even when the ball broke forward for Sonning the Henley defence were there to pick it off and create the attack for Henley.

Henley failed to convert their chances in the first half with Rachel Herbert coming close on short corner strikes and Kiera Halloran being upended just as she was about to place the ball home.

The second half saw Sonning bring the game to Henley as they threatened to break through but some last-ditch tackles from Kath Evans kept the scores even.

Controversy struck midway through the half when centre back Evans tried to double back to win a ball but the Sonning forward tugged at her shirt. Evans reacted and was dismissed.

In the period they were down to 10 players Henley forced five short corners and won a flick. The last play of the game saw the Sonning keeper save from point-blank range from a superb effort from Georgie Metcalfe as extra time and the golden goal loomed.

Two minutes into extra time the decisive goal came. Captain Rachel Herbert picked off a ball from the Sonning attack and played it first time to forward Buckham who took on the Sonning defender, peeled out and hit a sweet reverse stick goal straight through the keeper’s legs. Under the direction of coach Vicky Browne Henley capped off their best ever season with silverware having also finished fifth in the South Clubs’ League.

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