AFC HENLEY U13s lost out 8-3 to German twinning town side LEICHLINGEN U13s on Friday of last week at Henley Town’s Triangle Ground.
Henley fielded their Hotspurs side in the first half and the Hurricanes in the second. In the first half, the Hotspurs pitted their wits against their continental opposition, but immediately found themselves on the back foot.
Despite brave defending, Leichlingen proved technically too strong and kept the Henley team under constant pressure, racking up seven goals through a combination of set pieces and good finishing.
In the second half, the Hurricanes took the baton and despite some early pressure found themselves conceding an early goal on the counterattack. After a number of chances, the home team managed to get on the score sheet when Jake Jones was played through to slot home past the keeper.
Henley went on to add two further goals, one that Jones dispatched from the spot after a Leichlingen handball in the area and the final goal of the game from Jerome Rocks, bursting from midfield to thump the ball home. The well-supported evening gave 30 of the AFC Henley U13s a chance to play in the match but the Dukes Shield went to Leichlingen and was presented by deputy mayor, Jeni Wood, who also presented man of the match medals to Charlie O’Neil (AFC Henley Hotspurs) and Jake Jones (AFC Henley Hurricanes) and Joel (Leichlingen) for their contribution to the match.