Sunday, 16 December 2018

Red Kites in bid to reach cup semi-final

HENLEY Town were last night (Thursday) looking to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Hellenic Supplementary

HENLEY Town were last night (Thursday) looking to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Hellenic Supplementary Cup, writes John Bailey.

Having overcome league rivals Chinnor in the previous round, the Red Kites were looking to dispose of Division 1 West outfit Lydney Town at the Triangle.

The hectic programme of eight games in 20 days continues this week, but Town have no match tomorrow (Saturday).

They will next be in action on Monday, visiting Burnham Reserves for a league fixture which kicks-off at 7.45 p.m.

A large proportion of the Red Kites’ many postponements this season relate to the home and away games with Burnham, and the match at The Gore was actually started in November, only to be abandoned at half-time because of a waterlogged pitch with Henley 3-2 in front.

The same scoreline, again in Henley’s favour, was also the margin after 90 minutes when the sides met at the Invesco Perpetual Triangle last month.

In a season in which the results of so many teams have defied all prediction, Burnham’s have been the most erratic of them all.

Most recently, since beating potential champions Wokingham and Emmbrook, they have lost six matches in a row, the game at Henley amongst them.

Though Burnham, with three games to play, currently stand bottom but one, they can still rise several places - but cannot finish last.

Town will again be engaged in the league next Thursday, when they entertain Easington Sports (7.45 pm).

Next Tuesday sees the youth team travel to Reading Town Youth for a league fixture, (7.45 pm).

Last week, the youngsters took part in yet another high-scoring game, losing 6-4 at home to Wantage Town.

Wantage stand third with the same number of points as the teams above them and with games in hand.

Although Henley made them pull out all the stops, they were never in the lead.

The Sunday side will be as busy as the first team between now and the season’s end.

They have three league fixtures this week, away to Southbank on Sunday (10.30 am) and at home to The County on Tuesday (6.15pm). On Thursday, they have a home match scheduled against Tilehurst Y.M.C.A. (6.15pm), but because the first team will be at home on the same evening, it is hoped to play this game on another local pitch.

• Congratulations goes to Town fan Rob Heginbotham from Sonning Common, who scooped £25 in the club’s Bonus Ball Lottery scheme.

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