Saturday, 15 December 2018

Four first-half goals decide county cup tie

HENLEY TOWN crashed out of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup at the first round stage on Saturday.

Visitors North Leigh United bagged all four goals in the first period and, despite an improved showing after the break, Henley never looked likely to recover as they fell at the first hurdle.

The Red Kites, who opted to play a number of squad players for the game, started positively with several long balls up towards the front men, but were caught cold as North Leigh countered to open the scoring.

Gareth Beale and Jacob Hughes combined well to create space for George Seacole, who fired past newcomer Joe Broadley in the Henley goal.

The visitors had won their previous four games and looked on course for five as Zac Eadle doubled the lead with a smart volley five minutes later and Hughes made it three before Richard Thomas came on for the hosts. Seacole added his second and the visitors’ fourth when he capitalised on a fumbled corner from Broadley as North Leigh went in at half-time in complete control. Henley came out for the second period galvanised and pushed men forward in search of a goal, which they found when Darragh O’Callaghan burst free and coolly slotted past Kane Lewis. The hosts had the chance to add a second from a penalty soon after when Alfie Saunders was adjudged to have brought down Ben Clark.

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