HENLEY 1sts got back to winning ways following two successive defeats as they triumphed at home to local rivals Wallingford
HENLEY 1sts got back to winning ways following two successive defeats as they triumphed at home to local rivals Wallingford on Saturday.
The first half played out a stalemate with both goalkeepers able to keep the limited chances out.
The hosts took the lead in the second half when Tony Gaze finished smartly to give the home side an advantage.
Wallingford recovered to test keeper Cox with a number of short corners to no avail before the home side doubled their lead with Geoff Joseph laying the ball on a plate for Jonny Taylor to bag his third of the season.
There was just enough time for Wallingford to score a scrappy, unsighted goal but Henley secured the three points to move up to joint second in the league.
HENLEY 4ths maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they picked up a hard fought victory at Phoenix and Ranelagh on Saturday.
The visitors went close to taking the lead when Martyn Watkins was presented with a one-on-one with the keeper but failed to find the net.
Henley were dominating the first half looking comfortable in midfield and defence but just lacking the edge up front to make a difference.
Phoenix and Ranelagh came more into the game as they sensed Henley were going to struggle to turn possession into goals. After a series of short corners early in the second half Watkins was adjudged to have stopped a goal bound shot on the line with his foot. From the resulting penalty stroke a Phoenix and Ranelagh striker put the ball wide of the goal.
Following dogged defending, Rupert Wiseman cleared the ball down towards the Phoenix and Ranelagh left corner. Whilst most players gave the ball up for dead, Ian Rechner gave chase causing the Phoenix and Ranelagh left back to play the ball inadvertently into the path of Pike waiting on top of the D, who found the corner of the net.
Henley 4ths: Bobby Boydell, James Rechner, Martyn Watkins, Graham White, Nigel Pike, Rupert Wiseman, Elliot Wise, Ian Rechner, Archie Clark, Ewan Watkins, Jon Williams.