Sunday, 19 November 2017
HENLEY 3rds regained their position at the top of the MBBO Division 4 table following back-to-back victories at Jubilee Park last weekend.
On Saturday, Henley faced north London rivals West Hampstead 5ths. The home side started at a brisk pace, with some incisive attacking moves.
Andrew Foster-Yeow played well up front with the visitors also struggling to contain the skill and pace of James Rechner and Harry Wray.
In the midfield Baker, Draycott and Cottam quickly snuffed out West Hampstead offensive moves, with Matthew Herbert providing a good link to the forwards, enabling Foster-Yeow to score two goals before half-time.
In the second half, Draycott took the score to 3-0 with a neat short corner. At the back, the solid defence of Austin, Bodeker and Newbold kept the West Hampstead forwards at bay, resulting in the first clean sheet of the season for Henley.
ON Sunday Henley 3rds netted seven goals as they saw off the challenge of visiting side Oxford University 4ths.
Carrying some injuries and notable fatigue from the previous day’s game, Henley initially struggled to contain the pace and fast movement of the visiting students.
The home side soon exerted control over the game with a tight formation and a press that the visitors found difficult to break through.
With Timothy Herbert marshalling the forwards and looking dangerous, Henley were quickly awarded a short corner which was duly converted by James Baker.
Henley were then awarded a penalty flick against a defender interfering with a goal-bound shot. Ian Rechner scored from this, and then added another following a good move down the left with Harry Wray, Rechner unleashing an unstoppable strike.
James Rechner then added another, and while Oxford responded with a goal of their own following a fast break, Henley went into the interval 4-1 up.
After the break a reinvigorated Oxford side tood advantage of the tiring Henley defence, adding two goals in quick succession to pull the score back to 4-3.
However, the substitution of Michael Woolfrey into the back line – returning following a long period of injury – brought experience and control back to the Henley game.
The period of calm enabled the home side to reassert their advantage with another penalty flick converted by Ian Rechner who then added another in open play. James Rechner added another to take the final score to 7-3 and leave Henley top of the table.
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