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Satsumas put squeeze on Kites
Published 31/03/14

SIXTH placed Henley Town failed to overcome a tenacious fourth-placed Wokingham and Emmbrook on Tuesday in Division 1 East of the Hellenic League, writes Graham Harris.

The Triangle ground was shrouded in mist, making visibility difficult on occasions.

Henley took the lead after five minutes when a corner from Karl Sims fell to Mitch Cooper whose firm shot found the roof of the net.

Kites’ keeper Steven Fairchild made an instinctive save from a powerful Luke Scope attempt while Nick Bateman came close for the Satsumas as Wokingham began to find their rhythm.

Play fluctuated from end to end with Wokingham equalising on the half-hour mark through a corner. A low ball was scrambled away by the Red Kites only as far as marauding forward Jake Butler, who found the net from close quarters.

Wokingham took the lead on 54 minutes when Butler headed home his second of the match. The visitors seized the initiative and two minutes later George Dance found space to score a third, leaving the home defence in disarray. Graham Sims had a searing drive well saved by the diving Satsumas keeper Woodward. The action was frenetic as Henley got a second goal after 70 minutes when O’Callaghan drove the ball over the head of Woodward to reduce the deficit. Straight from the kick-off, the visitors penetrated the Kites defence, a loose ball struck by Elliot Rushforth slowly dribbling its way over the line to make it 4-2 to Wokingham.

Henley brought on three substitutes in the second half, Nunn, Howell and East. Fairchild was called upon to thwart a Wokingham attack, pushing the ball round the post for a corner. The corner kick found the head of Jake Butler, enabling him to complete his hat-trick after 72 minutes.

O’Callaghan found space for Henley to claim his second, blasting the ball past Woodward three minutes later.

Trailing by two goals the Kites threw everyone forward. Karl Sims’ low angled shot from the left beat the outstretched Woodward with the ball entering the goal just inside the right hand post to reduce to the arrears to just one goal on 81 minutes.

The fog thickened as conditions deteriorated and Henley made a last ditch attempt to secure a draw but Wokingham held on to secure the double over the Red Kites.

Henley Town: Fairchild, Thomas, Rolfe, G Sims, Tallett, Cooper, Clark, Fofanah, Gordon, O’Callaghan, K Sims, Howell, Faherty, East, Nunn.

Published 31/03/14

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