Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Town set sights on last four

HENLEY TOWN are away in a cup tie and then at home in the league this

HENLEY TOWN are away in a cup tie and then at home in the league this week, writes John Bailey.

Tomorrow (Saturday) they visit Hurst in the third round of the Reading Senior Cup, kick-off 1.30pm, with a place in the semi-finals at stake. Hurst currently play at East Park Farm in Charvil.

The home side stand 10th from 14 teams in the Premier Division of the Thames Valley Premier League. The first meeting between the clubs was a friendly game in 1907/08. It is believed that Hurst is the same club that was known as Hurst Old Boys in the Fifties, but, even allowing this, the two first teams have met only seven times in all, each team winning three times with one game drawn, while none of those meetings have been more recent than the 1958-59 season.

By contrast, Tuesday’s visitors for a 7.45pm kick-off, Penn and Tylers Green, have been regular opponents of Henley’s almost ever since their first meeting in 1972, when the Town beat them 9-2 at home in a Wycombe and District Premier Division game.

In the current season, Henley won 2-0 at Penn back in August. The Bucks side stand 11th in the table but with games in hand over most of the teams above them.

Henley’s youth team are at home in the league on Wednesday to Aylesbury Youth, kick-off 7.4pm. Last week, they went down 5-1 to Wealdstone Youth in their third round home tie in the Allied Counties League Cup. Despite conceding the first goal, the Town had a good first half, equalising and crossing over at 1-1. Another four goals for the visitors in the second half, however, put the issue beyond doubt.

There is also a home league fixture for the Sunday side, who meet Arborfield, kicking off at 10.30am.

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