HENLEY fielded a versatile side, bolstered by the return of several regular players, against bottom-of-the-table Maidenhead at Jubilee Park on
HENLEY fielded a versatile side, bolstered by the return of several regular players, against bottom-of-the-table Maidenhead at Jubilee Park on Saturday.
The visitors belied their lowly league position and produced a good performance in the first half, leaving Henley with plenty to do in the second to secure the win.
It took Henley a long time to settle and the visitors capitalised, working well together and attacking in numbers. The sustained pressure finally told as Maidenhead took the lead.
Henley built up some momentum of their own but had several breakaways with which to contend. During this period, Mary Bowley made some fine tackles while Megan Parker and Fiona Woods continued to demonstrate maturity in their play, linking well with their midfielders.
Throughout Tash Martinez cut out one ball after another and passed to good effect. Those in the wide midfield positions added width and penetration down the flanks, with Hannah Holloway making territorial gains with good runs while Matilda Money-Kyrle and Beth Staines played well in unfamiliar positions.
As the first half progressed Mae Reineke’s positioning and strength produced the equaliser as she fired home a cross from short range for her second goal of the season.
Henley then went from strength to strength. Having won several penalty corners in both halves which were all staunchly defended by Maidenhead, the final one resulted in the winner as a saved shot rebounded loosely only to be passed back to Catherine Brown for her to place the shot wide of the goalkeeper. The win moved Henley up to sixth place in Division 5 table of the Trysports league.
Henley Ladies Development XI: Carmen Austin-Hawkins, Mary Bowley, Catherine Brown, Lorna Cousins, Steph Croft, Trish Heggie, Hannah Holloway, Zoe Lane, Tash Martinez, Matilda Money-Kyrle, Megan Parker, Mae Reineke, Beth Staines, Maddy Teboe, Fiona Woods, Val Woods.