Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Lyn’s lob earns side share of spoils

Sonning 6ths 0, Henley 4ths 3

Sonning 6ths 0, Henley 4ths 3

HENLEY 4ths ran out comfortable winners away to local rivals Sonning 6ths in their top of the table Division 10 West MBBO Open League clash on Saturday.

Henley, fielded six school boys, saw their defence of Newbold, Wiseman, Watkins senior and Williams hold firm from the Sonning onslaught.

Henley kept their shape and with good passing the first goal came via Rechner senior from a short corner.

Good work between the two forwards of Watkins junior and Mortimer led to another short corner, which Mortimer converted with a deflection.

The two wide players in the form of Rechner junior and Clarke continued to stretch the Sonning team with precise passing and movement.

Herbert made a fine individual run into the Sonning D which led to a short corner. Rechner senior rattled his shot against the cross bar and Rechner junior followed up and converted to complete the scoring.

Sonning continued to attack but with some good saves from Boydell in the Henley goal another clean sheet was achieved.

Henley 4ths: B Boydell, R Wiseman, E Newbold, J Williams, M Watkins, J Rechner, T Herbert, I Rechner, A Clarke, E Watkins, A Mortimer.

HENLEY LADIES 1sts were held to a 1-1 draw in the last league match of the year by Spencer 1sts at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

The visitors got off to a good start as they were winning most of the 50/50 balls. Despite some strong defensive play from Ruth Nutt, Rach Herbert, Georgie Metcalfe and Kat Green, the home side struggled to get the ball beyond the half-way line before it was turned over and there was another wave of attack.

Goalkeeper Jen Sawyer made some crucial saves but could do nothing to prevent the visitors taking the lead just before the interval.

In the second half Spencer lost their flare as Esme Walker, Serena Hickman, Kiera Halloran and Lou England took turns up front and peppered the goal with shots.

Henley piled on the pressure and 10 minutes from time the hosts were rewarded with a short corner. The deflected ball from Jem Barham was saved but it landed at the feet of Cleo Lyn who calmly lifted the ball into the back of the net for the equaliser.

Henley lifted their game further but were unable to capitalise on the change in control of the game.

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