Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Table toppers steam to comfortable win

HENLEY YMCA UNITED went down to a 5-2 defeat away to Division 1 East league leaders DC STEAMERS.

HENLEY YMCA UNITED went down to a 5-2 defeat away to Division 1 East league leaders DC STEAMERS.

Against a team that beat them heavily at home in the previous month, United started tentatively but some simple errors made it easy for Steamers to keep control of the ball and chances soon came on the Henley goal.

After 10 minutes a Steamers player fended off a couple of challenges before scoring.

From the resulting kick-off Steamers continued to monopolise possession and when an attack reached the edge of the Henley area, a clumsy challenge resulted in a penalty for the hosts which they scored.

Henley continued to struggle for the remainder of the first half and were indebted to keeper Aymer Wilson for a string of saves, including an impressive double stop from a Steamers free kick.

However, his good work was undone just before half-time when a handling error from a long shot saw Steamers increase their lead to 3-0.

In the second half Henley began to pass the ball with more conviction and chances soon came their way, Matt Brakspear going close when put through. However some poor marking from a Steamers cross gave their striker a simple finish from inside the six-yard box.

The visitors hit back and good work from substitute Edward Hughes-Burne and Sam Taylor sent Jack Kennedy through on goal and he made no mistake with a low finish.

YMCA were now controlling the middle of the park but Steamers were still a threat on the break and added a fifth when their winger was allowed a clear run on the United goal and scored at the second attempt after Wilson had made a good initial save.

Henley pulled a goal back when Aaron Brittain played Taylor in and he chipped the on-rushing keeper.

GORING UNITED slipped to second from bottom in Division 1 West after they lost 3-1 at BETHEL UNITED.

In Division 2 West SC UNITED slipped to a 2-1 defeat away to BARTON ROVERS RESERVES.

MAPLEDURHAM suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat away to THE PUB in Division 3 East.

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