Saturday, 20 October 2018

Five-star development side knock Red Kites out of cup

HENLEY TOWN were knocked out of the Bluefin Sports Hellenic Challenge Cup in the first round

HENLEY TOWN were knocked out of the Bluefin Sports Hellenic Challenge Cup in the first round after a 5-0 away defeat to the Oxford City development squad.

The Red Kites were 3-0 down at half time against a team two divisions below them in Division 2 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League and went out of the competition with a whimper with two further goals coming in the second period.

It means Henley Town manager Gerry McGinty’s side have now lost their last three games — in which time they have conceded 14 goals — after a mini-revival which had seen them pick up two wins and three draws in their previous six matches.

The loss was also their second consecutive cup defeat after Alton Town knocked them out of the FA Vase with a 4-2 win the previous weekend.

The visitors started slowly and went behind in the first 10 minutes as a slick move from the hosts ended with a smart finish past Henley keeper Matt Hill.

The Red Kites were sitting back as Oxford City dominated the game and the home side doubled their lead soon after with a carbon copy goal following a move through the middle.

Worse was to come for Henley as a poor defensive header from a corner saw the ball delivered back in to the area and slammed home in the net past Hill. The away side enjoyed a rare spell of possession at the start of the second half but were the architects of their own destruction for the fourth goal as they gave the ball away and the home side’s forward calmly slipped the ball in to the net.

Oxford City completed the rout with another smart finish to complete the scoring as they saw out the second half professionally.

Midfielder Grant Kemp went closest for Henley when he drew a smart stop from the home keeper, while Michael Davies had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half.

Despite letting in five goals, Henley’s standout player was Hill, who made several key saves to keep the hosts from scoring even more.

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