Heath puts in five-star performance at Marlow tournament
HENLEY COUGARS won three of their five matches played in the opening Thames Valley Mini U10s tournament held at Reading
HENLEY COUGARS won three of their five matches played in the opening Thames Valley Mini U10s tournament held at Reading on Sunday.
The Cougars drew one and lost one of their other five matches against teams from Newbury, Reading, Slough and Phoenix.
Strong midfield and forward play from Georgia Moore, Fergus Heggie and Caitlin Swinburn generated goal scoring opportunities which were converted well by Toby Phillips, Lachlan Nye and Lucy Blomfield.
The Cougars were able to soak up the pressure on their defence with determined tackling from Neve Staines and good clearances from Archie Wood. Their one loss came at the end of the morning.
The Henley Pumas drew two of their matches whilst losing the other three. Good defending from Stevie Rankin and Max Jones meant the team conceded few goals but were unable to convert opportunities to score. Charlotte Beadsmoore and Emma Pressley made their playing debut for Henley and worked hard in midfield with Katy Spatcher, Starr Cheesman and Lily Hoogenberg. Nonnie Luke putting in strong attacking runs supported by Laurence Sadler put the opposition under pressure but neither were able to find a finish.
The Henley U10 squad also sent two sides to the tournament in Marlow.
The first Henley team won two matches, drew one and lost two. The midfield combination of Bradbury and Sabijan were ably assisted by Allison in defence while G Wilson and Williams held their wide positions well and supported McLoughlin in the centre of the pitch. Goals were scored by Mali Knibbs, Amelie Judge (2) and Enzo Cheesman (4).
The second Henley team won three matches, drew one and lost one. The midfield/defence of Bureau, F Cheesman, Shaw, T Wilson and Jacobs played consistently well all morning, working hard to tackle, retain team structure and pass the ball to the wide players. The forwards Franklin, Tams and Heath made strong runs down the wings to create opportunities to score, piling pressure on the opposition. Goals were scored by Lilyarna Franklin, Charlie Shaw (2) and Monty Heath (5).
Meanwhile three Henley U12 teams took part in their age group tournament at Sonning. The three teams called the Alphas, Atoms and Aces used all the skills they had previously learnt along with good organisation amongst themselves to have a successful tournament.
The teams played 11 matches and won four, drew six and lost just one.