Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Heath shows promise in defeat

MONTY HEATH showed his potential with the best move of the game for AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U13s in their 4-1 home defeat at the hands of DERBY GREEN and POTLEY DYNAMOS on Saturday.

The visitors showed more desire from the start, creating several early chances and converting one to make it 1-0.

Henley then began to find their feet, responding well with Heath and Gudjohnsen-Mitchell both going close. But the hosts then fell two goals behind after keeper Trinder failed to gather a cross, which gave Derby Green a tap-in.

Excellent work from man-of-the-match Heath on the left produced a rare moment of quality by laying off a pass to Strachan-Jarvis who finished neatly to reduce the deficit.

However, the second half brought more frustration for Henley, who found it difficult to unlock the Derby Green defence and fell further behind midway through the half.

The visitors bagged their fourth just before the final whistle, by an excellent strike from distance.

AFC HENLEY U16s scored two second-half goals to defeat HEXHAM SKILLS CENTRE U16s 2-1 in their East Berks League Division 2 clash on Saturday.

A characteristically tight game required another determined performance to edge the game against lively opposition.

Henley defended well with Hexham having more possession early on and forcing a number of corners and one decent chance. Despite this Henley were the more dangerous and incisive in their attacking phases but the half ended goalless.

Henley took the lead eight minutes after the restart. Jack Earle’s weighted pass behind the Hexham defence was taken on by Archie Thatcher, who coolly finished with a low shot.

Henley remained the dominant team until a poor attempted clearance was passed to a player on the edge of the box whose excellent, curled shot into the top corner gave Harmer little chance in the Henley goal. The hosts continued to press and this eventually paid off when James Goulden followed up a clearance by the Hexham keeper to score with a measured shot into the far post.

AFC Henley U16s: Henry Harmer, Max Gosby, Jack Lambourne, Dominic Meeks, Ryan Lynskey, Emil Rayfield, David Lama, James Goulden, Jack Earle, Harry Roe, Joe Neighbour, Harry Green, Archie Thatcher, Liam Moss, Harmon Sondh.

l AFC Henley has appointed James deJode as club welfare officer and he is the first point of contact regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. He can be contacted on 07716 506595.

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