Tuesday, 23 October 2018

McAllister’s hat-trick not enough

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U11s were unlucky to come away from East Berks League top-of-the-table CROWTHORNE U11s with just a point

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U11s were unlucky to come away from East Berks League top-of-the-table CROWTHORNE U11s with just a point after a hard-fought 3-3 draw.

Henley went a goal down after five minutes after failing to clear their lines on a bumpy pitch.

The visitors equalised when Jem McAllister tapped in the rebound after a shot from Archie Barker and the same pair combined again for Henley’s second. Man-of-the-match McAllister completed his hat-trick with a calm side foot finish to put Henley 3-1 up but a mis-timed challenge just before half-time allowed Crowthorne to pull a goal back with a penalty.

The second half was fiercely contested with Liam Hilditch marshalling the Henley defence and Ben Yeoman looking dangerous on the break.

On the few occasions the Henley forwards managed to beat the well organised offside trap they squandered some good chances to put the game beyond the home side’s reach.

This profligacy in front of goal cost Henley as Crowthorne equalised in the last minute from a free kick.

AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U11s’ ongoing improvement continued as they drew 1-1 against WOODLEY SAINTS U11s.

Man-of-the-match Sean Miles, with positional nous and shot-stopping ability, came to the rescue for Henley who were occasionally caught on the counterattack as their relentless pressure on a solid Woodley defence grew. After three-quarters of the match Henley broke the deadlock when a Woodley clearance found Felix Butterworth who netted from 20 yards.

With just three minutes remaining Woodley equalised with a cross-come-shot which just squeezed in at the back post.

GORING ROBINS U10s went down to a 3-2 defeat away to CHALGROVE CAVALIERS U10s in Division C of the Oxford Mail Youth League.

Goring went 2-0 down in the first six minutes to the league leaders. The Robins responded defending well with good blocking and tackling by Delaney and Rasmussen while striker Funnell shot just wide as the half-time whistle blew. Within the opening minutes of the second half Dornik pulled one back for the Robins set up on the right wing by Bridle.

Chalgrove rallied as the game intensified and in the 31st minute the ball rebounded off the Goring crossbar and was knocked into the goal giving the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead.

In the closing minutes a free kick by Bridle to Delaney was deflected into the goal by Funnell.

James Pearson netted four goals to help GORING ROBINS U12s triumph 5-2 away to MAIDENHEAD PYTHONS U12s in Division 2 of the Berkshire Youth Development League.

The Robins were 2-0 up within quarter of an hour through goals from Josh Monk and Pearson. The Pythons fought back with defender Tom Osteridge and keeper Tom Canning impressive in holding them at bay.

After the break, Maidenhead piled on the pressure and got their reward, finally breaching the strong Goring combination of Alexa Vanham and Osteridge.

Goring replied with another goal from Pearson to reinstate their two-goal cushion and followed up with efforts from Bertie Spencer, Samir Enright, Matthew Bell and Toby Cheng.

Pearson found the net twice more and in the final minutes Maidenhead scored their second of the match.

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