Monday, 15 October 2018

Kites settle for point after letting two goal lead slip

HENLEY TOWN had to settle for a point after being two goals to the good with

HENLEY TOWN had to settle for a point after being two goals to the good with seven minutes of the match remaining at home to Tuffley Rovers last Saturday in their Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division clash.

The Red Kites meant business straight from the start and caused problems to the team from Gloucester’s rearguard.

Henley took the lead in the 20th minute when after good work down the left flank by Nile O’Meally he set up Richard Bennett whose shot from the edge of the box eluded Tuffley goalkeeper Dave Evans.

Henley were well on top as Jack Thomson-Wheeler found space to fire a shot from 25 yards to put the Town 2-0 ahead after 25 minutes.

The Red Kites missed chances to go further in front and, against the run of play and uncertainty in defence, Shane Bradley pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the interval.

In the second half Tuffley came out with all guns firing as Andrew Nunn had to make a full length save from Bradley early on. The visitors were now well on top and Nunn and his defenders had to work hard to keep them at bay.

On one of their occasional breaks forward the Red Kites were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal on the right in the 80th minute. Jack Thomson-Wheeler floated the kick into the Tuffley box and Grant Kemp headed past Evans to make it 3-1.

Sam Hill scored to make it 3-2 after 83 minutes and with just two minutes of the match remaining Macaulay Herbert levelled the scores for the visitors.

Andy Nunn: Callum Carlisle, Bradley Hoy, Tom Hogan, Warren Baxter, Chris Nelson (Chris Hood, 57 mins), Grant Kemp, Jack Thomson-Wheeler, Richard Bennett, Ben Blackwell (Ben French, 65 mins), Nile O’Meally. Sub not used: Mitch Cooper.

A BELOW-STRENGTH Henley Town team, due to injuries and suspensions, lost 5-2 to Ascot United in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division at their Triangle ground on Tuesday. The game was fairly even and end-to-end in the early stages before Theo Jones’s 25-yard shot in the 31st minute hit the cross bar then beat Town goalkeeper Matt Hill to break the deadlock.

Hill made several good saves against his former club before Chris Head equalised on the stroke of half time.

After the break the visitors attacked the Henley goal which eventually resulted in Jones scoring his second goal of the game in the 57th minute to put Ascot ahead.

United went 4-1 ahead when Aaron Berry netted two goals in four minutes midway through the half. Substitute Patrick Gardner pulled a goal back for Henley in the 79th minute to make it 4-2.

Hill saved well after good work by Ascot down the right wing as Henley’s defence held out until four minutes from time when Jesse Wilson scored his side’s fifth from 20 yards.

Henley Town: Matt Hill; Tommy Elmore, Matt Leigh, Warren Baxter, Tom Hogan, Brad Hoy, Dan Davies, Jack Thomson-Wheeler, Grant Kemp, Chris Nelson, Chris Hood. Substitutes: Patrick Gardner, James Griffiths, Vernon Sibussio.

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