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Treble helps Henley put local rivals to the sword
Published 27/01/14



Oxford Hawks 4ths 1, Henley Ladies 3rds 1

HENLEY LADIES 3rds shared the points as they drew away to league leaders Oxford Hawks 4ths on Saturday.

Rhea Semister and Karen Roseff worked well together, playing centrally for the visitors which allowed the attackers to be easily brought into the game leaving space to exploit and drive at the defence.

With good close stick control and speed, the attackers, led by Roseff, left the defence often diving in too quickly and fouling. With the umpires playing good advantage, the attacks continued, often ending up with short corners or fouls outside the attacking circle.

The game flowed freely with the ball being switched by both teams at speed. Henley began to grow in confidence as time went on and good link up play between the wide players and the forwards led to the first Henley short corner being awarded.


The first was closed down quickly but a foul was committed in the process and another was awarded. Claire Taylor passed to Alice Kelly who shot Henley into the lead.

Oxford regrouped and again tried to play the passing game which continued to be broken up. This led to them reverting to play the long ball game.

One good pass from the half way line was just deflected out of reach of a break away forward. Some successful passing led to a strike which keeper Nicky Hardy, covering her near post, managed to clear the ball out.

Henley continued to push forward and gained more short corners. Unfortunately from one of these, with the majority of the team in the attacking third, a quick break resulted in the defence being out numbered and Oxford were able to slot the ball home.

The final minutes of the match saw a frustrated Oxford continue to pile on the pressure but Henley stayed strong to hold on for a point.

Henley Ladies 3rds: Nicky Hardy, Diana Wise, Steph Barnes, Sarah Drummond, Alice Kelly, Rhea Simister, Karen Roseff, Sarah Evans, Claire Taylor, Carmen Austin-Hawkins, Vicki Smith, Tash Livanis.









HENLEY LADIES 1sts, playing their first match of the year, eased to a 6-3 win against local rivals Marlow on Saturday at Jubilee Park.

The amber and blues disrupted Marlow’s structure from the opening whistle. Serena Hickman and Kiera Halloran put pressure on the Marlow defence, quickly leading to Henley gaining possession. Henley took advantage of this with Hickman striking at goal to take an early lead.

Henley maintained their momentum and after some structured play and accurate passing down the pitch, particularly between Jem Barham and Cleo Lyn on the wing, the amber and blues scored their second goal with a lob from Lyn being knocked into the goal by a Marlow defender.

A third goal came soon after when, following a short corner for Henley, Kat Green pounced on a rebound off the keeper to tap the ball over the line. Marlow began to attack but tenacious tackles put in by Rachel Herbert and Green in defence, and some outstanding saves by Hannah Lavis in goal, kept the visitors at bay.

Hickman scored Henley’s fourth goal just before the half-time whistle.

In the second half the dynamics of the game changed with Henley under attack. Marlow executed passes around the D as the home side conceded their first goal.

With Marlow having gained a huge boost in confidence they were on the counterattack again, and despite Georgie Metcalfe and Kath Draycott’s best efforts to keep the them out of the D, the visitors struck an unstoppable ball into the back of Henley’s net.

Henley hit back with good distribution of the ball by Herbert and Lou England in the middle allowing Hickman to complete her hat-trick. Soon after England netted Henley’s sixth of the game. Marlow scored their third goal late on.e_SClB





HENLEY LADIES 3rds shared the points as they drew away to league leaders Oxford Hawks 4ths on Saturday.

Rhea Simister and Karen Roseff worked well together, playing centrally for the visitors which allowed the attackers to be easily brought into the game leaving space to exploit and drive at the defence.

With good close stick control and speed, the attackers, led by Roseff, left the defence often diving in too quickly and fouling. With the umpires playing good advantage, the attacks continued, often ending up with short corners or fouls outside the attacking circle.

The game flowed freely with the ball being switched by both teams at speed. Henley began to grow in confidence as time went on and good link-up play between the wide players and the forwards led to the first Henley short corner being awarded. The first was closed down quickly but a foul was committed in the process and another was awarded. Claire Taylor passed to Alice Kelly who shot Henley into the lead.

Oxford regrouped and again tried to play the passing game which continued to be broken up. This led to them reverting to play the long ball game.

One good pass from the half-way line was just deflected out of reach of a break away forward. Some successful passing led to a strike which keeper Nicky Hardy, covering her near post, managed to clear the ball out.

Henley continued to push forward and gained more short corners. Unfortunately from one of these, with the majority of the team in the attacking third, a quick break resulted in the defence being outnumbered and Oxford were able to slot the ball home.

The final minutes of the match saw a frustrated Oxford continue to pile on the pressure but Henley stayed strong to hold on for a point.

Published 27/01/14


 
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