Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Town crash out of FA Vase

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Chinnor 6 Henley Town 2

HENLEY TOWN crashed out of the FA Vase at the second qualifying round stage as they slumped to a 6-2 defeat away to Chinnor on Saturday.

The Red Kites started the game well by pressing the Chinnor goal and were unlucky in the 10th minute when a long range effort from Mitch Cooper struck the woodwork and rebounded safely into the hands of Chinnor keeper Ben Taunton.

At the other end Town keeper Graham Sims inadvertently picked up the ball from what the referee classed as a back pass and a free kick was awarded inside the box in a dangerous area but the Henley defensive wall blocked the shot.

The hosts began to take the upper hand with their more composed and well organised style of play and it was no surprise when Wayne Essex got behind the static Red Kites defence to put Chinnor ahead after 25 minutes play.

The visitors got back onto level terms seven minutes later when Adam Jeffrey’s shot from outside the area struck Ben Clark and was deflected past Taunton in the Chinnor goal.

Soon after good build up play saw both Sean Moore and Grant Kemp having efforts drifting just past Taunton’s post. At the other end Sims had to dive full length to save from former Wycombe Wanderers striker Craig Faulconbridge.

In the 39th minute Ryan Daly put Chinnor back in front when he netted after a mix up in the Henley rearguard and a minute before the interval Matt Tallyn outpaced Henley down the left flank to make it 3-1.

Henley made changes in the second half with Mitch Cooper moving back from his midfield role to play in a three-man central defence allowing the fullbacks to push further forward in an attempt to get back into the game. This allowed Henley to make more moves forward and although at times they played some attractive football the final pass let them down and they gave the ball away to often.

Chinnor were by now by far the better team on the day and in the 58th Tallyn waltzed through the Henley Town midfield and defence to slot the ball past Sims to make the score 4-1.

Although the game was won with half an hour to go Chinnor weren’t prepared to sit back and John McMahon scored twice in a matter of minutes to give the hosts a 6-1 lead.

Henley made a change by bringing on Louis Howell for Grant Kemp and the diminutive striker pulled a goal back for the visitors.

In the closing stages Matt Godwin came on for Asa Povey and Ryan Witt made a brief appearance when he came on for Danny Faherty but the changes were too late to make any difference to the result.

Henley Town: Graham Sims; Asa Povey, Warren Baxter, Richard Thomas, Danny Faherty; Adam Jeffrey, Eliot Whitehouse, Mitch Cooper, Sean Moore: Grant Kemp, Ben Clark. Substitutes: Louis Howell, Matt Godwin, Ryan Witt.

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