Wednesday, 17 October 2018

League leaders Thatcham next up for Red Kites

FOLLOWING three successive defeats in three different competitions, in the course of which they have conceded

FOLLOWING three successive defeats in three different competitions, in the course of which they have conceded 14 goals, Henley Town badly need a win this week when they have league and cup fixtures scheduled, writes John Bailey.

One reason for the Red Kites’ problems is the number of players who have caught the eye of other clubs. Two more are currently the subject of seven-day approaches, with Binfield hoping to obtain the services of Grant Kemp and Wokingham and Emmbrook interested in Jordan Goddard. Both were members of the side that won the Reading Senior Cup last year, a fair proportion of whom have already departed.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Henley have no light task in entertaining Thatcham Town in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, kick-off 3pm. Thatcham are the current table-toppers, though all the pursuing pack have games in hand. The Town lost only 2-1 at Waterside Park in August, but more recently lost top scorer Nile O’Meally to the Berkshire club.

On Tuesday at 7.45pm, the Red Kites are again at home, this time to North Leigh United in the second round of the Perpetua Press Hellenic Floodlit Cup, in the first round of which both sides had byes. United play in Division 1 (West), a division below Henley, and their current record is fairly modest.

The Town would be unwise to underestimate their opponents as both their last two defeats have been against teams from lower levels. The visitors, who are an offshoot of Southern League North Leigh Football Club, have met the Red Kites twice before, both times in the season before last. Each game was on the Invesco Perpetual Triangle, and United finished 4-1 winners both in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup and in the Hellenic Floodlight Cup, in which the sides now meet again.

On Thursday, the youth team visit Carterton Youth in a league fixture, kick-off 7.4pm. Though Carterton’s first team have withdrawn from the Hellenic League, their youth side are still keeping the club’s flag flying in the Allied Counties League. Last week, Henley’s youths visited league leaders Bicester Town and lost 7-0.

The reserves visit Chalfont Wasps Reserves tomorrow in the league, kicking off at 3pm. The Sunday team are without a fixture.

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