Friday, 19 October 2018

Freeman’s late strike secures victory

AFC HENLEY EAGLES U17s went down to a 3-0 defeat against third placed LAUREL PARK U17s in Division 3 of

AFC HENLEY EAGLES U17s went down to a 3-0 defeat against third placed LAUREL PARK U17s in Division 3 of the East Berks League at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

The Eagles, who had won their previous six matches, were playing against a strong wind in the first half and had to endure pressure from Laurel Park.

Henley created several chances before Laurel Park took the lead shortly before half-time when the hosts failed to clear their lines and a visiting player netted from 15 yards.

The game was evenly balanced until another mistake led to Laurel Park doubling their lead.

Henley refused to give up but it was Greengrass in the Henley goal who was the busiest and made a number of good saves to keep Henley in the game.

Laurel ran out winners with a late goal to seal the win and leapfrog Henley in the table in the process.

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U13s went down to a 4-1 home defeat against ASHLEY HAWKS U13s in their opening East Berks League Division 1 clash on Saturday.

The Hurricanes were playing into a strong wind in the first half and they conceded after just one minute after failing to deal with a corner. The Hawks had a physical advantage and knocked a Henley player off the ball before making it 2-0 after 10 minutes.

The visitors added two further goals as Henley gave the ball away on both occasions and were punished.

The hosts did manage to get on the score sheet before half-time. A through ball over the top of the defence was taken down deftly by Jake Jones on the run and after moving across the last defender he rounded the keeper and slotted home.

As expected, the wind behind the home team at the change of ends allowed them to take the game to Ashley and they dominated the second half but were unable to add to their tally.

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U12s remain top of Division 3 after winning 3-0 at HURST U12s in a match played in heavy rain and windy conditions on Saturday.

The Hurricanes started strong in the first half having the wind in their favour and managed to capitalise on the advantage twice, firstly, with a well worked corner from debutant Felix Grant.

The second goal came from Jem McAllister who fired home a long range shot making the most of the wind advantage.

The second half saw the Hurricanes having to defend, with Hurst now having the weather to their advantage.

Hurst continued with long range shots, a number of which hit the crossbar. Henley made use of a counterattack with the ball slotted through to man-of-the-match, McAllister who calmly went round the Hurst keeper to tap it in to complete the scoreline.

AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U12s put in their best team performance of the season on a large windswept pitch at EVERSLEY U12s as they ran out 3-2 winners.

Henley started brightly with debutants Zodey Sabijan and Luke Freeman quickly settling well and creating a couple of chances early on.

Eversley defended well and scored with their first shot of the match against the run of play. The hosts went 2-0 ahead following a goal mouth scramble following a corner.

After sustained pressure, striker Freeman won a free kick on the edge of the box, which Will Symons cleverly curled in at the near post to pull a goal back just before half-time.

With the slightly sloping pitch in their favour in the second period Henley went on to dominate the match. Nick Bird equalised from a corner taken by man-of-the-match Sabijan.

Freeman then powered through the home defence to slot the ball past the keeper and put the Hotspurs 3-2 up. Eversley tried to get something from the game, but the Henley backline held firm, goalkeeper Alex Tams making some solid saves to ensure the Hotspurs held on for the win.

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