Saturday, 20 October 2018

Bennett’s strike earns side a share of spoils

HENLEY TOWN picked up a point in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League at

HENLEY TOWN picked up a point in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League at Burnham on Monday in a re–arranged fixture.

Richard Thomas was a welcome addition to the Henley defence following a recent absence through illness.

Henley started quickly and could have been a couple of goals up in the opening 10 minutes with the pressure they applied to the home defence. Burnham took a while to re–group but as they did the game became more even with both sides creating half chances.

Grant Kemp opened the scoring just before the half hour mark following a throw–in from Daniel Faherty which found the feet of Richard Bennett on the right wing, Bennett brought the ball down and hit a looping cross into the box and Kemp managed to get in front of his marker to head home.

The remainder of the first half was very open but it was Burnham who were given a lifeline on the stroke of half–time as Wayne Broadley brought down Burnham winger Burton for a penalty. Forisky netted from the spot.

In the second half Burnham had the advantage in the early stages with several attacks and the hosts’ other winger Bowaden had the best of their chances when blasting over from inside the box.

On 70 minutes Burnham broke fast from their own half down the left side and a low cross was met by Johnson from close range to put the home side ahead.

Henley kept on battling and minutes later levelled after Ryan Witt hit a weighted through ball in between the Burnham defence that found striker Richard Bennett who hit a 20 yard left footed strike past the stranded Burnham keeper.

Burnham were unlucky not to nick it at the death following a shot being cleared off the line by the Henley defence in the dying seconds.

Henley Town: J Broadley, Faherty, Thomas, Nunn, Baxter, Kemp (Rann, 70 mins), W Broadley, Bennett, Clark (Whitehouse, 76 mins), Pellham (Holmes, 85 mins).

HOSTS Henley Town were knocked out of the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup on Thursday of last week by Lydney Town who made the long trip from the Welsh borders. The visitors were a strong outfit and asserted their authority as early as the fifth minute when Richard Kear rose in the box to head in a free kick to give his side the lead.

Lydney almost extended their lead in the 10th minute when Kear rolled Andrew Nunn in the box but saw his effort brush off the far post when it looked easier to score. The visitors always seemed to contain the Red Kite attacks mainly due to the hard work rate they showed in regaining possession and their defence’s ability to deal with any aerial assaults thrown at them. Henley did have several good passages of play during the first half but were unable to find the net.

Lydney were awarded another free kick after the half hour point following a foul on one of their attackers.

Dan Morgan took the kick and hit an unstoppable shot from just outside the area which the Henley keeper Joe Broadley stretched and managed to get one hand to but was unable to prevent it from finding the top right hand corner of the net.

In the second half Henley tried to rally as Ben Clark had a rasping shot go over the bar following good footwork from Sean Moore. As the game went on Lydney always looked like they may extend their lead while Henley were forced to make changes as both Grant Kemp and Sam Cripps were the walking wounded following the recent heavy game schedule.

Both teams had half opportunities to get the next goal but again it was the visitors who scored after Henley were unable to clear a cross in the area which fell to Dan Thomas who made no mistake in finding the net.

Henley Town: Broadley, Cripps (Witt, 45 mins), Faherty, Pellham, Baxter, Nunn, Kemp (Howell, 72 mins), Clark, Bennett (Godwin, 80 mins), Moore, Rann. Sub not used: Holmes.

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