Henley Ladies 2nds , Oxford Univeristy Ladies 2nds 0
HENLEY LADIES 2nds moved off the bottom of Trysports three counties league Premier Division 1 table after winning their second match of the season at Jubilee Park on Saturday.
Defenders Amber Pocock, Trish Heggie and Karen Walker did a sterling job in keeping the University players at bay, distributing the ball high and wide on the turnover to waiting midfielders Orla Brown and Linds Harris.
Caz Shaw and Sophy Rogers worked a tireless partnership in the centre of the pitch, providing the link between the defence and offense.
Kat Green played in the sweeper position and brought experience and control to the fold, which had a confidence-boosting effect on the rest of the team.
The rotating forward line of Hannah Jeremy, Molly Lambourne, Katie Butler and Kiera Halloran gave the University defence plenty of problems as they took shot after shot at the goal.
However, some wide strikes and a good game from the Oxford keeper kept the game at deadlock.
With just five minutes of the match remaining Hnelye won their third short corner. Walker slipped the ball to Green who fired home to the left of the keeper.
An intense final five minutes saw the visitors do everything they could to level the scores, requiring goalkeeper Hannah Lavis to make some vital saves.
HENLEY 1sts kept up the pressure at the top of the MBBO Regional League Division 1 table following a 7-1 win away to Witney.
The visitors started strongly and went 2-0 up in the first 10 minutes with Jonny Taylor and Geoff Joseph on target.
Witney played a deep defensive game and began to frustrate Henley on the break and pulled a goal back.
Henley regrouped and restored their two-goal lead through Taylor before Chris Green put his side 4-1 at the interval.
The second half saw Henley score another three goals as Taylor completed his second hat-trick in two games and Jody Measures helped himself to a brace.
TWO second half goals ensured Henley 2nds ran out winners at home to Eastcote 3rds on Saturday.
Although Henley had sporadic attacks, the most consistent threat came from Wiseman’s aerial hits from his righback position.
Eastcote had trouble reacting to the high ball and Henley thought they’d scored when once such aerial went straight in the D and the Eastcote defender turned it past the keeper.
The nearest umpire awarded the goal but his counterpart stepped in and argued that the Henley forward was within five metres of the defender and therefore the goal was chalked off.
In the second half the breakthrough was made when Harmer cut into the D from his favoured inside right position and crossed for Cheesman to initially stop the ball and then dink into the goal.
Henley became irritated by the umpires who they deemed as overofficious and eventually one umpire tired of Oscar Wiseman’s protestations and he was sin binned.
Even though Henley were down to 10 men it was during this period that they got their second goal. From a short-corner, Draycott pushed the ball out to Price to stop at the top of the D and Roberts scored with a high flick into the top left-hand corner.
Eastcote got a goal back from a short corner and they started to press in search of an equaliser but Henley held on to secure the win.