Monday, 17 December 2018

Just one match survives weather mayhem

IN yet another weekend of mayhem for local football, only one of 31 games involving teams from the Hellenic League

IN yet another weekend of mayhem for local football, only one of 31 games involving teams from the Hellenic League survived the snow and rain. Division 1 East, in which Henley Town play, was again a complete blank, while the Town’s Sunday match also had to be called off.

The Lilywhites’ first team have seven games still to play, while the youths have eight, including a cup final. The Sunday team is hardest hit, having played only half its 20 league matches and with its season due to end much earlier than the youths’. If there is anything to be happy about in the rearrangement of so many fixtures, it is that the senior side’s last home match of the season will now be on a Saturday afternoon (April 20), with Thatcham Town Reserves the visitors.

The first team are due to play two home league games over the holiday period. In an attempt to avoid the worst of the congestion in the car park, the match originally scheduled for Saturday has been brought forward to this evening (Good Friday), and Easter Monday’s game will also have an evening kick-off. It should be particularly noted, however, that both games will start at 6.30pm, rather than the usual time for evening matches.

Tonight’s visitors are Bracknell Town, who stood fifth in the table prior to Tuesday’s matches with at least six games in hand over every team above them. Monday’s opponents, Woodley Town, had only two points fewer than Bracknell, but had also played just 17 times and so should finish much higher than the eighth position they occupy at present. Woodley’s last two matches have each been against Maidenhead Reserves, and they did especially well to take four points from these strong opponents. Because of the many postponements, this will be Henley’s first meeting of the season with either of these clubs. The Sunday sides of two Hellenic League sides clash this weekend, when second-placed Henley visit third-placed Wokingham and Emmbrook in a league fixture, kicking off at 10.30am.

On Thursday, the youth team entertain league leaders Didcot Town in the Allied Counties Youth League, kick-off 7.45pm. There was some good news for the youths this week when it was confirmed that Oxford City, who failed to fulfil their county cup semi-final against Henley, had lost their appeal against the game being awarded to the Town. Henley thus move through to the final on 28 April against Banbury United, though they may be less pleased at having to go to Banbury to play it.

* Because of the ground conditions at the Invesco Perpetual Triangle, last week’s Henley Charity Cup match had to be called off, and it is unlikely that a game will be arranged for next week.

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