HENLEY Town’s Sunday team were knocked out of the Sam Waters Oxfordshire Sunday Cup after a 3-1 defeat in the
HENLEY Town’s Sunday team were knocked out of the Sam Waters Oxfordshire Sunday Cup after a 3-1 defeat in the quarter-final.
The game against Dorchester United was replayed after it had been abandoned after 62 minutes last month after an alleged attack that left a Henley player unconscious for several minutes.
The score during that game had also been 3-1 to the home side, who had already been reduced to 10 men, before it was halted and the Lilywhites could do little to change their luck on their return to Berinsfield recreation ground.
Sam Bell, the 21-year-old striker from Caversham who was left with a cut lip after he was allegedly hit by an opponent who did not appear in the first game, hobbled off with an injury after five minutes on Sunday. He twisted his knee with no opponent to blame.
Henley took the lead without one of their star men as Phil Bell scored after 10 minutes but Dorchester equalised before half-time.
The hosts took the lead after 70 minutes before securing their spot in the semi-final with a penalty nine minutes from time.
Manager Howard Olley said the game, which had three officials, passed without major incident.
He said: “Their team still picked up five or six bookings and they were a really physical team. The referee managed to calm them down by booking them and the three officials made it much quieter.
“They were over the top at times but ultimately they had a really good centre forward who scored two of their goals and they just edged it.
“We played well for the first 20 minutes but after they scored it all went wrong.”
Olley said the game had been more about football this time round and admitted he had a disappointed dressing room after the cup tie.
“It’s the furthest we’ve got in the competition for a while. Everyone was bitterly disappointed but glad it passed without incident.
“We didn’t play well and it was probably our worst performance of the season. That was possibly to do with what had happened last time but we can’t really use it as an excuse.”
Olley said Bell’s injury had been unfortunate on a personal level as well as for the team. He said: “It must be an unlucky pitch for him. He’s our most dangerous and exciting player and we missed him when he went off.”