A YOUTHFUL Henley 4ths side, which included five players under the age of 16, ran out winners in their first
A YOUTHFUL Henley 4ths side, which included five players under the age of 16, ran out winners in their first league match of the season at Banbury on Saturday.
The visitors got off to a good start and were able to contain the Banbury attack and controlled the midfield from the off but were unable to make any serious attempts on goal.
With the defence looking strong Henley pushed forward and following a press on the Banbury midfield the ball broke to Ian Rechner who released Ewan Watkins on the opposition 25 yard line. Watkins drove into the D where his first shot was saved but keeping his head, he picked up the rebound, and rounded the keeper to put his side into the lead.
Banbury hit back and had a concerted period of pressure which led to a break down the Henley left and a crossed ball was deflected into the Henley goal.
The second half started with good controlled play by Henley with a confidence and speed that was missing in the first half.
Henley’s left hand side was becoming a source of opportunity and following good inter-play from James Rechner and Alex Morgan the ball found Alan Mortimer poaching in front of the keeper to restore the visitors’ lead.
Five minutes later an almost identical move resulted in another deflection through the Banbury keeper’s legs for Mortimer’s second of the game.
Banbury mounted a final push and were awarded a short corner which resulted in a disputed goal.