Freeman chips in with brace to help Hotspurs secure place in semi-finals
AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U13s came unstuck against last year’s East Berks League Division 1 champions BINFIELD LIONS U13s on Saturday
AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U13s came unstuck against last year’s East Berks League Division 1 champions BINFIELD LIONS U13s on Saturday when they went down 4-2 at Jubilee Park.
After an even opening 10 minutes the Hurricanes started to dominate the play and almost took the lead when Ethan Pearce combined well with Jake Jones who crossed to Ben Lambourne, but his header was straight at the keeper.
Ed Lawrence and Adam Porter were solid at the heart of the Hurricanes defence but were breached on 15 minutes, against the run of play, when the Binfield striker got straight through on goal and finished well to take the lead.
The introduction of Jerome Rocks on 20 minutes immediately had an impact as he took the game to the opposition. The Hurricanes equalised on the stroke of half-time when a flicked on corner fell to Jake Jones who fired home.
Ten minutes into the second half saw one of the strangest moments in AFC Henley football to date. After play was stopped for a Binfield injury, Ethan Pearce passed the ball back to the opposition keeper from the resultant drop ball but the Binfield keeper inadvertently let the ball between his legs and into the goal to give the Hurricanes the lead.
From the restart, in a display of sportsmanship, the Hurricanes allowed the Binfield team to walk the ball down the field and score a goal unopposed to level the game.
The remainder of the game saw chances at both ends. Sam Butler in the Hurricanes’ goal did well to save with his feet on 60 minutes from the onrushing striker and repeated the feat moments later but the rebound was followed up by Binfield to take the lead.
The Hurricanes thought they had got themselves back on level terms when Jerome’s header crossed the line with the keeper scrambling to keep it out but the goal was ruled out for offside.
The Hurricanes were undone on the counterattack when trying to find an equaliser at the death, with a ball over the top that the Binfield striker pounced upon and calmly slotted home.
Man-of-the-match for Henley was Ben Lambourne.
AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U12s continued their unbeaten East Berks League run with a 5-0 win away to BINFIELD TORNADOES U12s.
Henley were always in control of the fixture and raced to a 3-0 half-time lead. The first goal was the goal of the game, with Felix Grant, Justus Larter and Lucas Pestana combining to carve open the Binfield back line before Pestana swept the ball into the back of the net. Two headed goals followed from two corners from Jem McAllister, one from man-of-the-match Larter and one from Ben Yeoman.
Binfield came back at Henley in the second half but with Hurricanes keeper Luke Taylor in fine form, they were unable to find a way through. Henley completed the scoreline with Felix Butterworth scoring his first goal for the Hurricanes and Jamie Hudson tapping in from close range.
AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U12s progressed to the semi-finals of the East Berks League Cup after beating unbeaten Bracknell side WAB BLUES 3-2. Henley started in determined fashion, typified by a battling man-of-the-match performance from Luke Freeman. Winning the ball on the edge of the Henley area, Freeman stormed down the pitch leaving several Blues players in his wake, before slotting home to give the visitors an early lead.
Shortly after Henley made it 2-0 when a clever through ball from Xavier Mica found Freeman, who turned provider to set up Leo Browne to calmly beat the keeper.
The Blues came back into the game but some determined defending and solid goalkeeping from Alex Tamms kept the home team out. Just before half-time Patrick Organ won the ball on the half way line and passed forward to Freeman who scored his second with a chip from a tight angle.
The home team took the game to Henley in the second half as they swiftly finished off a neat passing move to claw a goal back and continued to apply pressure.
Henley played the second half on the break and could have increased their lead but for some fine goalkeeping from the home keeper.
As the Blues kept pressing Henley failed to clear a goal kick and the home team scored to set up a tense finish.