Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Barker’s treble helps down table-toppers

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U14s, who were without any substitutes, narrowly lost out 3-2 away to East Berks League second-placed side

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U14s, who were without any substitutes, narrowly lost out 3-2 away to East Berks League second-placed side PIRBRIGHT U14s on Saturday.

Pirbright were 2-0 up at half-time after a long-range goal was followed up by a scrappy one.

Good passing football from Henley’s Will Poray, Harry Waiton, Jack Thomas, Spencer Smith and Jack Patterson created goal-scoring chances that could have levelled the score but equally tackles from Jason Hopes kept Pirbright’s attack at bay.

In the second half Patterson and Jamie Olive scored breakaway goals from outside the box to level the scores. Storm Devoy-Reed kept Henley in the game with a series of saves but a late goal from Pirbright secured the points for the hosts.

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U11s eased to an 8-2 win at home to ASCOT PUMAS U11s in their Division 1 East Berks League clash.

The home side were soon ahead when Oliver Andrews drilled home after a through ball by Ben Stodolnic. Hilary Lunn made it 2-0 after seven minutes when he headed home a Joel Wright cross. Andrews netted his second of the game after nine minutes.

The best goal of the game saw Henley go 4-0 up. A counterattack down the right by Lunn found Jake Jones who neatly laid it off for Ethan Pearce to fire home from 20 yards.

Jones made it 5-0 slotting home a Will Lebeau through ball and the pair combined again just after the break when Jones found Lebeau, who rounded the keeper to make it 6-0.

Ascot fought back with two goals in quick succession before the hosts added a further two goals with an own goal and a strike by Jones from 20 yards.

AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U10s picked up their first win of the year as they hammered ASCOT SPARTANS U10s 9-1.

Henley raced into a 4-0 lead within 10 minutes. Dino Cheesman opened the scoring with smart finish from the edge of the box, skipper Ben Yeoman added two, while centre back Nick Bird betted from the outside of the box.

Cheesman made it five with a surge from midfield before Bird added a sixth on the stroke of half-time.

Owen Simmons’ through ball was finished by top scorer Harry Purslow for number six before Bird bundled the ball home from a Michael Clarke corner to complete his hat-trick.

Ascot grabbed a consolation goal but Henley completed the scoring when a one-two between Adam Palmer and Hamish Carle resulted in the former firing home.

Archie Barker netted a hat-trick to help AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U10s move back to the top of the East Berks League with a 4-1 home win against SUNNINGHILL SAINTS U10s last Saturday.

The first goal came when Barker picked up the ball in his own half, skipped past several challenges before racing to the byline and cutting the ball back for Luke Taylor to score.

Barker received the ball mid-air where he controlled it with his right before foot firing home with his left. Barker made it 3-0 soon after with another left foot finish.

Henley had to wait until the final quarter to wrap up the game where Barker scored his third after good work from Jamie Hudson on the right.

In their previous match Jem McAllister scored all five goals as AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U10s beat BARTON ROVERS REDS U10s 5-1.

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U9s increased their lead at the top of the East Berks League table on Saturday as they defeated CAMBERLEY TOWN YOUTH CASUALS U9s 4-0.

Both teams started brightly with Kernick launching a string of Henley attacks on the left while Butler made some good saves as Camberley countered.

Williams nipped in to punish a loose bit of defending to open the scoring for Henley after 10 minutes. The lead was doubled when Ruffell found Flower on the right whose cross found Clark at the near post.

Robinson set up the third, clipping the ball into the path of Clark who finished strongly. The game was effectively over before half-time when Flower carried the ball past the Camberley defence and placed his shot inside the near post.

The second half didn’t produce any goals as Henley moved a step closer to winning the title.

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