HENLEY LADIES 2nds won their first match of the season since they won promotion to the Trysports League Premier Division 1 on Saturday at Oxford University.
Henley began strongly at Iffley Road, dominating possession in all areas of the pitch. Good movement from the forwards, Emma Hedges, Lorna Cousins and Hannah Jeremy, created space for the midfield to attack with many attacking moves starting from the defence. A short corner was won in the first few minutes but Henley were unable to capitalise on the pressure they were putting on the Oxford University defence.
The opening goal came soon afterwards as Shaw’s run into the D resulted in a pass across the goal which was touched on by Jeremy and finished, clinically, by Emma Walker.
The second came as the Henley forwards pressurised the home defence in their own D. Jeremy stole the ball and ran goalwards, finishing through the keeper’s legs.
After retaining so much possession and dominating the half, Henley then conceded both possession and a goal to the opposition.
However, the visitors hit back with their third goal from right side attacking starting with Engelmark and Brown, and a cross from Hedges was cleanly stopped and finished by Rogers, perfectly positioned in front of the opposition keeper and goal.
Henley struggled to continue this dominance in the second half and were unable to catch breakaway runs from the University forwards as they challenged the Henley defence.
The strong defensive unit of goalkeeper Lavis, with Walker, Engelmark, Green and Pocock absorbed the pressure but the conversion of a late short corner meant a nervous last few minutes for Henley, who kept their composure to seal the win.
Henley Ladies 2nds: H Lavis, A Pocock, K Walker, M Engelmark, E Hedges, H Jeremy, C Shaw, S Rogers, O Brown, L Cousins, C Brown, E Roseff, E Walker, K Green.
ENGLAND Hockey Trophy holders Henley Ladies came one step closer to retaining their title on Sunday after running out comfortable winners away to Kent side Bexleyheath.
Playing in torrential rain Henley’s fitness and skill levels saw them dominate the game.
Making the ball do the work, with impressive inter-linking play and players following their passes and supporting one another, the visitors were soon 1-0 up after Emma Walker made a cross to Serena Hickman waiting in the D for a quick turn and tap past the keeper.
Another attack up the pitch soon after saw Lou England get on the score sheet while the third goal of the half was came from Ellie Roseff from a shot at goal in open play.
The rain held off for the second half and despite a similar 35 minutes of possession and attacks Henley were only able to achieve one more goal, with Hickman grabbing her second of the match from a goal mouth scramble.
In the next round of the tournament Henley will host Royal Wootton Bassett on November 24.
HENLEY Ladies 3rds went down to a defeat away to local rivals and league pace setters Sonning on Saturday.
The visitors started the game well, pressing high and defending narrowly. Possession for the first 20 minutes was shared evenly, with most of the play being confined to the middle of the park. Rare chances from both teams were dealt with by two sets of strong defence.
As the game was nearing half-time, Henley gave away a short corner. An accurate pass out was followed quickly by a switch back across the circle which was struck to the near post where it hit a defender’s foot and the deflection was saved on the line thwarting the Sonning premature celebration. This was short lived as a penalty stroke was awarded for the earlier foot, which was converted.
The second half began with Sonning leaving players high up the pitch which resulted in an open game.
Sonning attempts to play the long ball game were broken down and Henley had control and possession in their attacking half.
Increased periods of pressure in the final third and some good passing by the midfield led to a strike on goal by Sophie Ashton which skimmed inches wide.
With Henley on the ascendancy, a Sonning breakaway resulted in another short corner being awarded. With the routine broken down it fell to one of their midfielders who was backing up the attack and through a crowded area, the ball was deflected several times before landing in the back of the net.
Henley Ladies 3rds: Nicky Hardy, Kate Forster, Di Wise, Steph Barnes, Sophie Ashton, Sarah Evans, Maddy Lawrence, Claire Taylor, Hannah Rancombe, Zoe Lane, Kate Ashby, Sarah Drummond, Karen Roseff, Tash Livanis.