AFTER a tough run of results in the Southern Premier League, Henley recorded a much-needed win away at
AFTER a tough run of results in the Southern Premier League, Henley recorded a much-needed win away at Staines on Saturday.
The visitors started the game with confidence and a good shape, pushing Staines back into their own half and holding territory and possession.
Henley took the lead on 15 minutes when Ed Hughes-Burne moved the ball up the line with precision and pace, finding captain Ed Foster, who took the ball down the line, beating three of the Staines team. From here he slipped the ball under his shoulder to Sam Heaver, who finished with a shot past the Staines goalkeeper.
Henley came out strongly in the second half. Foster won the ball in Henley’s defensive quarter, then played a pin-point 70 yard pass down the left to find Geoff Joseph who played a ball into Chris Green who tucked the ball away under the keeper.
It was now all Henley, with Joyce, Hibberd, Taylor and Hetherington controlling midfield. The third goal came when a flowing three-man move involving Joseph, Foster and Luke Gupta, resulted in Gupta sliding in for a far post deflection, following a cross from Joseph.
HENLEY 4ths drew after conceding three goals in the last 10 minutes on a blustery day last Saturday.
Going into the match in third place in the league the Henley side were feeling confident and they made an impact from the start.
Ewan Watkins made a surging run through the defence and squared it to Nick Shuttleworth but before the ball reached the Henley man on the post, a Newbury defender stuck out his foot and conceded a penalty flick. Andy Green stepped up for it and swept the ball into the Newbury net.
Henley piled on the pressure and after a long ball forward, a mistake from the Newbury defender gifted Martyn Watkins the ball and he slipped it to Ewan Watkins who took one touch and slammed the ball into the roof of the net from the top of the D.
Earley in the second half, after a crunching tackle from the goalkeeper, Henley were awarded a short corner. The ball was slipped to Andy Green on the post, who after a couple of bounces was able to sweep it into the goal.
Straight after Henley suffered a blow with Neil Emmett being hit on the head by a wayward pass forcing him off the pitch and forcing a change in Henley’s game plan.
Newbury won a short corner and a delicate flick brought it back to 3-1. Moments later a good run resulted in a firm shot which sliced open the dazzled Henley defence. With two minutes being signalled by the referee Henley only had to hold on to get the three points but a long ball on to the man on the post deflected the ball in for the equaliser.