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Cheetahs and Tigers unbeaten at latest Thames Valley tournament
Published 09/12/13

HENLEY U10s, who sent two sides to the latest Thames Valley tournament held at Sonning, netted 26 goals and remained unbeaten on Sunday.

The Henley Cheetahs won three matches and drew one.

Wilson and Jacobs combined well in defence to keep a clean sheet for the entire morning. Together they managed to neutralise all opposition attacking play, tackling strongly and distributing the ball to the wide players.

Shaw patrolled the midfield and he and Cheesman worked well passing together to beat players. Both Cheesman and Heath proved to be quick wingers, creating multiple chances.

Forwards Franklin and Knibbs closed down the opposition to pile on pressure.

All the attacking play resulted in goals by Mali Knibbs, Enzo Cheesman (two), Monty Heath (four) and Charlie Shaw (seven).

The Henley Tigers also won three matches and drew one.Bradbury and Moore worked hard in defence, maintaining the base for the Tigers to attack and push upfield while Nye proved strong in midfield, both in defensive and attacking roles and scored a hat-trick in the final game.

Forwards James and Bureau ran tirelessly up front to create chances and open up spaces while Phillips used his pace and skills down the left wing to frustrate the opposition over and over again and was rewarded with three goals. McAllister, on his debut for Henley, dominated the right wing. The drawn match was salvaged by an individual goal from McAllister. The other goals were scored by Bureau (two), Phillips (three) and Nye (six).

Henley U10 squad: Becky Bradbury, Holly Bureau, Enzo Cheesman, Lilyarna Franklin, Monty Heath, Trinity Jacobs, Ailish James, Mali Knibbs, Danny McAllister, Georgia Moore, Lachlan Nye, Toby Phillips, Charlie Shaw, Tia Wilson.

The Henley Academy U8s fielded 24 players in four teams, the antelopes, bears, cheetahs and dolphins, in the latest round of the Thames valley minis tournament held at Maidenhead on Sunday.

The Antelopes won all their matches only conceding one goal in their four games. They linked up well as a team, creating mutliple chances through clinical passing moves but also keeping chances at the other end to a minimum by strong defence and tackling. Goal scorers were Ben Price (three), Charlie Rolstone (two) and Anya Marston.

The Bears came up against some tough opposition and despite not scoring any goals, drew three games and lost just one thanks in large part to the defensive skills of Abi Botterill, Emilie Dimmistol and Murray Richmond. The Cheetahs fared better winning one game, drawing two and losing one with Mia Moore showing good scoring prowess and Ela Chamberlin holding the defensive line.

The Dolphins, who are the youngest and least experienced, won two of their four matches in which Anna McLoughlin, Alicia Bennett and Darcy Jacobs performed well.

Published 09/12/13

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