Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Herbert and Lyn goals not enough as visitors hit back

HENLEY suffered a South Clubs’ Division 2 defeat against Eastcote 1sts at Jubilee Park last Saturday in a match that

HENLEY suffered a South Clubs’ Division 2 defeat against Eastcote 1sts at Jubilee Park last Saturday in a match that saw five players sent off.

The match began with the London-based team immediately on the attack putting pressure on Henley’s defence.

The amber and blues battled to resist an early goal with some good tackles put in by Georgie Metcalfe and Mel Lennard. However, in a congested D Eastcote managed to have a strike at goal hitting the post and subsequently slotting the ball behind a helpless Jen Sawyer in goal.

The dynamics of the game changed with Henley now on the attack. Matilda Engelmark stepped up to put pressure on the Eastcote defence which consequently won Henley their first short corner. The amber and blues took advantage of this opportunity with Rachel Herbert converting a well-executed corner.

Henley quickly won another short corner with Georgie Metcalfe pushing a sublime ball out to Herbert who passed the ball into space on the right allowing Cleo Lyn to fire into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. However, a dip in Henley’s concentration allowed Eastcote to draw level just before the half-time whistle.

In the second half good stick skills by Kat Green and Louise England down the centre of the pitch allowed Henley to have multiple attacking short corners. However, despite Henley’s variety, they were unable to convert any of them into goals.

With both teams gunning for three points, tensions were raised and this led to the umpires sending three Henley and two Eastcote players off the pitch.

With this disruption Henley were unable to keep their composure which the visitors took full advantage of to net two goals and secure the win.

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