Saturday, 21 April 2018

Eastcote net late leveller to end Henley’s winning run

Eastcote 3, Henley 1sts 3

Eastcote 3, Henley 1sts 3

HENLEY lost their 100 per cent record in MBB&O Regional Division 1 but remain unbeaten after drawing away to Eastocte.

The game started at a frenetic pace, with the away side enjoying much of the possession and carving out a few notable opportunities.

Defending from the front, they managed to keep Eastcote on the back foot and limit their time on the ball.

Henley took the lead after 10 minutes when a move down the right from in form Hibberd found Green with space on top of the circle who slid the ball neatly past the advancing keeper.

Eastcote stepped up a gear and the remainder of the first half was played out with chances going begging for both sides.

Eastcote began to control of the midfield early in the second half as they enjoyed more possession and put more pressure on the Henley goal. Keeper Cox was at hand on a number of occasions to retain Henley’s advantage.

However, following a short corner Eastcote equalised. This was followed up by a second from open play to put the hosts in front.

With nine minutes left the visitors broke away and Jonny Taylor finished high into the net to square the match once again.

Eastcote could hardly draw breath before they sucumbed to a short corner which was converted at close quarters by Gaze to give Henley the advantage again with just three minutes remaining.

However,they could not hold on as a number of defence errors allowed virtually the last hit of the game to slide into the net leaving both teams with a point to show for their efforts.

Henley 1sts: R Cox, E Foster, R Woolfrey, R Mortimer, J Taylor, D Herbert, T Gaze, C Green, B Hethrington, R Hibberd, C Maidlow, J Measures, E Hughes-Byrne.









HENLEY lost their 100 per cent record in MBB&O Regional Division 1 but remain unbeaten after drawing away to Eastcote.

The game started at a frenetic pace, with the away side enjoying much of the possession and carving out a few notable opportunities.

Defending from the front, they managed to keep Eastcote on the back foot and limit their time on the ball.

Henley took the lead after 10 minutes when a move down the right from in-form Hibberd found Green with space on top of the circle who slid the ball neatly past the advancing keeper.

Eastcote stepped up a gear and the remainder of the first half was played out with chances going begging for both sides.

Eastcote began to control more of the midfield early in the second half as they enjoyed more possession and put more pressure on the Henley goal. Keeper Cox was at hand on a number of occasions to retain Henley’s advantage.

However, following a short corner Eastcote equalised. This was followed up by a second from open play to put the hosts in front. With nine minutes left the visitors broke away and Jonny Taylor finished high into the net to square the match once again.

Eastcote could hardly draw breath before they succumbed to a short corner which was converted at close quarters by Gaze to give Henley the advantage again with just three minutes remaining.

They could not hold on as a number of defence errors allowed virtually the last hit of the game to slide into the net leaving both teams with a point to show for their efforts.







HENLEY 2nds moved up to second place in Division 2 of the MBB&O League on Saturday following a 2-0 win over local rivals Sonning 3rds at Jubilee Park. Despite dominating most of the first half Henley failed to take advantage of their threat around the D and not enough inside it. Their best opportunities came from short corners but this too was stuttering in the first half.

The amber and blues had to wait until late in the game to claim the points after the visitors had come close to opening the scoring mid-way through the second half.

A niggly period of play saw Sonning reduced briefly to nine players as yellow cards were issued for first deliberately encroaching on a free hit and subsequently for too much chatter from the sidelines for the umpire’s liking.

This seemed to have a more negative effect on Henley’s game than Sonning’s and their levels dropped for a spell. Not long after being restored to 11-a-side, a well placed through ball snuck between Austin and Roberts and left a midfielder bearing down on goal. Dave Bowyer though, making his first league appearance for Henley 2nds this season, came out strongly and blocked the shot. With 10 minutes remaining, Henley finally got the breakthrough. A short corner routine was broken down and this eventually led to Roberts’ flick which was comfortably saved but only pushed out as far as Pollard on the left who swept back across the D for Price to run on to and steer in to the right side of the net.

With barely a minute left on the clock Harmer received the ball just inside the top of the D and turned in sharply on the defender to win another short corner which Oscar Wiseman blasted in the bottom left corner.







HENLEY 4ths maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a draw against table-topping Wallingford at Jubilee Park.

A much changed Henley team, with many players promoted to higher teams at the club, started tentatively lacking the fluidity of recent matches.

The midfield pairing of Tony Conway-Hughes and Ian Rechner were slowly beginning to take control but were seemingly unable to exploit the width of the pitch, as a result gradually Wallingford came more and more into the game. Following the award of a short corner Wallingford took the lead with a soft goal to the slip player on the left of the D.

After the restart Henley seemed to settle more in their approach and playing with confidence across the back and midfield were able to take the game to the opposition.

A number of good attacks down the right-hand side saw Ewan Watkins go close following good work from Rupert Wiseman and Archie Clark.

The pressure was beginning to show with gaps appearing in the Wallingford defence, and following a succession of short corners Elliot Wise was quick to take his chance and bury the ball into the Wallingford goal for the equaliser.

The remainder of the game was played in the Wallingford half and with better shot placement Henley could have secured all three points.

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