Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Pumas undefeated at Thames Valley tournament

HENLEY U10s’ three sides had mixed fortunes at the Thames Valley mini tournament held at Newbury and Thatcham on Sunday.

HENLEY U10s’ three sides had mixed fortunes at the Thames Valley mini tournament held at Newbury and Thatcham on Sunday.

Henley Pumas opened the morning with a 1-1 draw against the Phoenix side who so convincingly beat them last tournament. The Pumas then moved on to three victories against both Newbury and Reading, both 2-1, and Wokingham, 3-2.

Top goals scorers on the morning were Lachlan Nye and Toby Phillips with four each. Their tally was made possible by some strong midfield and defensive play from Caitlin Swinburn, Georgia Moore, Amelia Sterjo and Archie Wood. Fergus Heggie, playing up front, created good opportunities for the side and was unlucky not to score on the day. Henley Cougars were less fortunate on the morning with three losses and one win. Despite committed defending from Stevie Rankin and Will Larkin the opposition proved too strong. Alice Pegley, making her debut, did well to support Finlay Reid, Katy Spatcher, Finlay Bell and Ailish Harkin in midfield but the Cougars were unable to generate scoring opportunities.

Good individual play by Anya Marston secured a goal and their one victory against Reading.

Henley Lions struggled to get results as they lost all four of their matches. Nonnie Luke, Lucy Blomfield and Starr Cheesman worked hard to create goal scoring opportunities, supported by Amelie Ishii-Clarke and Emma Pressley, but could not convert them on the morning while Laura McLouglin, Max Jones and Laurence Sadler soaked up a lot of pressure on the Henley defence.

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