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Thursday, 22 February 2018
HOSTS Henley went down to a 4-1 defeat against London Wayfarers at Jubilee Park on Saturday.
In a scrappy match Henley started brightly, with early opportunities to take the lead through Jonny Taylor and Luke Gupta, both chances saved by the USA goalkeeper of Wayfarers.
The visitors scored twice in the space of 15 minutes to take a 2-0 lead into half-time, although Henley were creating more chances and had the lion’s share of possession.
Five minutes after half-time Henley pulled a goal back through Ross Hibberd, after Rhys Joyce drilled a pinpoint cross into the away side’s D.
Minutes later Henley had a chance to equalise through a penalty corner but Ed Foster’s flick was charged down by the Wayfarers’ runner, resulting in a sucker-punch break-away goal as Henley were left stranded at the wrong end of the pitch.
Wayfarers sealed the win with a penalty flick seven minutes from time after Emmett in the Henley goal fouled a Wayfarers’ player who was about to find the back of the net.
HENLEY 2nds got back to winning ways as they ran out 4-1 winners at Ashford 2nds in Division 1 of the MBBO League.
Fred Newbold was given the opportunity to play the full game in his favoured midfield position while Jeremy Hughes-Burne started up front with both changes to the team having a positive impact on the game.
Henley hit their stride from the off. After 15 minutes Hughes-Burne found space behind the Ashford defence where he was picked out with a ball to create a one-on-one with the keeper which was duly dispatched to put the visitors ahead.
A penalty corner decision against Henley on the half-time whistle created the opportunity Ashford needed which was initially sent wide but was misguidedly turned in by Roberts on the Henley line.
In the second half Henley created wave after wave of pressure as shots rained in from all angles without success until Herbert drove strongly down the right and the subsequent cross was bundled high into the Ashford net by Pollard.
Any momentum that Ashford tried to generate was quickly snuffed out by the midfield and by Slay, Clarke and Roberts at the back.
The visitors increased their lead when Pollard was found in front of goal again, on this occasion with time to pick his spot. The three points were wrapped up soon after when Slay drove hard and low from a penalty corner to make it 4-1.
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