Saturday, 15 December 2018

Finch bags four as free-scoring Town put 10 past Loddon Valley

Finch bags four as free-scoring Town put 10 past Loddon Valley

EMMER GREEN ran out 4-1 winners at RICHFIELD ROVERS’ Rabson Recreation Ground on Sunday in their Senior Division tie.

The visitors took the lead after a good through ball from Ciaran Crean was despatched by Luke Donegan who converted with precision.

Emmer Green doubled their lead after Daniel Donegan pressured the Richfield defence into making a mistake only for Craig Eastwood to pounce and fire home from 20 yards.

Richfield looked in a good position to pull one back after Mark Froude gave away penalty but Jamie Froude stood firm in the visitors’ goal and saved the spot kick. Richfield did pull one back shortly afterwards to take the game to 2-1 at half-time.

Emmer Green extended their lead on the hour mark when John Donegan scored with a diving header after getting on the end of a pinpoint free-kick from Daniel Donegan.

The visitors sealed the points after the Richfield keeper could only parry Craig Eastwood’s powerful strike on to the bar where Luke Donegan picked up the rebound to volley home.

Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END/THE MOD went down to a 3-1 defeat against SOUTHCOTE at Gallowstree Common.

In the Premier Division KIDMORE END/THE MOD RESERVES suffered their second defeat of the season as they crashed 5-1 at PURLEY.

SC UNITED slipped to the foot of the Division 1 table after going down to a 15-0 defeat against league leaders LE GALAXY at Bishopswood.

HENLEY TOWN AFC maintained their 100 per cent record in Division 3 East after thrashing LODDON VALLEY RANGERS 10-1 at the Triangle Ground.

The hosts took the lead when a free kick was whipped into goal by Arran Finch which crashed back off the post for Dan Hayden to head home from close range. Henley doubled their lead when Aidan Prior passed the ball out wide to Kieran Butler who found Finch with a cross and he turned the defender before smashing in a right footed shot into the bottom left corner.

Thomas Chaplin battled and won the ball out wide before bursting forward and crossing to Tom Essam who controlled well before sending his shot crashing in off the post to make it 3-0. Soon after Finch chased the ball down to keep it in on the touchline and swung in a cross which fell to Jack Beales who hammered home for Henley’s fourth of the match.

Finch made it 5-0 with a lob from 45 yards after Butler had headed the ball forward from midfield. Finch spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed the ball over him. Soon after Finch completed his hat-trick after he was played through by Pete Shora.

Good play down the left by Aaron Brittain saw the ball crossed to Essam then Shora who dummied to leave Chaplin to smash in from the right side of the box to make it 7-0.

Beales then netted his second of the match when he fired home from 20 yards after the ball was cleared away by the visitors from a corner.

Shora then played in Finch who got behind the Rangers’ back four to score number nine. Shora was involved in Henley’s last goal of the game as he burst through past a defender on the left wing to substitute Ryan Brooks who fired home with his first touch of the game.

In the closing minutes of the match Loddon Valley Rangers were awarded a penalty which they converted for a consolation goal.

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