Sunday, 14 August 2022

Two off as Kites crash

HENLEY TOWN had two players sent off as they crashed to defeat at Brackley Town Saints’ St James’s Park on Wednesday in a match played in rain throughout on a good pitch.

Going into the Premier Division Uhlsport Hellenic League clash a make-shift Henley side had just two substitutes on the bench due to injuries and players unavailability.

The hosts had the better of the early stages forcing Henley keeper Garry Aulsberry into pulling off several good saves.

The Red Kites came back into the game and took the lead on 16 minutes when James Spruyt broke free to score his fifth goal in as many games.

Soon after taking the lead Henley were forced into making their first change of the evening as centre back Paul Abbott went off injured and was replaced by Bailey Curtis. Both sides created chances but it was the hosts who netted next as they equalised on 22 minutes.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Chris Nelson was sent off for picking up two yellow cards for rash challenges on 31 and 38 minutes.

Despite being a player short Henley hit the crossbar early in the second half before the hosts eventually made their numerical advantage count as they took the lead on 55 minutes.

Henley’s task was made even harder on 70 minutes when Chris Hood became the second Town player to be sent off as he received a straight red card for retaliating after a stern challenge.

With Henley pushing for an equaliser and being two players short the hosts broke away late in the game to wrap the match up with goals in the 86th and 90th minutes.

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