Henley Standard Property


Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Fighting a losing battle
Published 05/11/12

HENLEY TOWN were gunned down by an eight-goal margin for the second week running on Saturday as the club continues to look for its first Hellenic League Division 1 East win of the season.

Manager Mark Coles had a bare-threaded side with only 11 players available against fourth-placed AFC Hinksey.

Defender Craig Berry was a makeshift striker in a 5-4-1 formation and Coles admitted it was a backs-to-the-wall job from the beginning of the game.

He said: “It was just unfortunate we had three players pull out on Friday and Saturday when we had other players unavailable already.

“It was one of them things where we were right down to the bare bones and we had a pretty inexperienced back line. We had no strikers so didn’t really have a hope in hell of scoring a goal.”

Coles, however, insisted it was a better performance than last week’s 10-2 defeat to Chinnor in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.

Henley trailed by only one goal at half-time after a Kieran Davis cross was deflected into the net off the hand of Lilywhites skipper Chris Appleby.

Coles changed to a more attacking line-up in the second period to try get back in the game but the risk didn’t pay off.

Hinksey defender Toby Webster hit a quick-fire brace, including a 30-yard thunderbolt, to open the floodgates.

Goals followed from Alex Fasoranti, Anaclet Odhiambo, Nigel Swafford, Jelroy Constant and a second from Davis to complete the rout.

Coles said: “Our first-half performance was probably one of the best this season considering our team was full of defenders and maybe only bettered by the first half against Chinnor in the league when we were 2-0 up.

“They had a couple of chances but we actually had more in the first period — we just failed to score.

“Their experience showed in the second half and they passed the ball quicker, tiring us out.”

Coles said he needs to add players but with a number of midweek games and youth team home fixtures coming up preventing the use of the Triangle ground, he would not be able to look at any prospective signings in training. “I’m fighting a losing battle at the minute,” he admitted. “I need to get some players from somewhere desperately.

“My hands are tied for looking at them so either I have to sign them on and put them straight into a game or wait a month until we can train again. But that might be too late.”

Meanwhile, the Lilywhites drew 2-2 against Reading and District Sunday League side YMCA United in their Group A tie of the Henley Charity Cup last Wednesday.

Coles fielded a strong side and they took a two-goal lead with a brace from Danny Blatchford. But YMCA hit back and goalkeeper Matthew Shanahan delivered a man-of-the-match performance to hold on to the point.

Published 05/11/12

Man exposed himself in children's playground
Former primary head to stand trial
Landlords bid fond farewell to pub
Grandfather crushed to death by wife's car
Cash boost for children's centre pool revamp
New hospital with no beds
Pub set to re-open with pizza oven
Uri Geller donates sculpture to Sonning
Dry Leas hosts TourAid rugby festival
Henley Kites see off Caversham Comets
Foster’s hat-trick helps side make progress
Parker bags 7 as Kidmore thrash Reading Irish
£25 winner
Vultures devour South American side
Goal earns 10-man United the lions share
Premier side has the edge in cup tie
Hosts hold out for draw
Mayo shines with bat
Sharma’s five-wicket haul helps win the day
Rizmy hits winning runs
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
Geller accused of bending the rules
Grandfather crushed to death by wife's car
Autumn sun shines on 124th ploughing match
John Howell MP completes constituency tour
Pumpkin too big for scales at charity sale
Top Videos
Most Popular
Higgs Group
Tel: 01491 419400
Tel: 01491 419419
Tel: 01491 419429
Tel: 01491 419499
Tel: 01491 419449
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717