Rushton brace puts side in seventh heaven after gaining promotion at first attempt
HENLEY COLLEGE produced their best performance of the season in front of a large crowd at
HENLEY COLLEGE produced their best performance of the season in front of a large crowd at Henley Town FC’s Triangle Ground to claim the English Colleges FA Category 3 title.
Henley got off to a good start, not allowing their Guildford visitors any time on the ball to play. The visitors struggled to cope with the intensity of Henley’s game and were soon 3-0 down inside 25 minutes with Aiden Rushton, Methembe Njani and Ed Jabbari giving the hosts the lead.
Good combination play from James Dinsdale and Luke Vincent created a second for Rushton to give Henley a 4-0 half-time lead.
Vincent netted the fifth of the game with a good individual goal before Jabbari and Lloyd Majaya rounded off the victory.
Winning the ECFA league, which included both Wycombe Wanderers and a Chelsea Foundation Academy side, at the first attempt has been a significant achievement for Henley College.
The team also reached the last 16 of the English Schools FA Cup â?? losing 3-2 to holders Sparsholt â?? and also the last 16 of the ECFA National Cup where they lost to SCFA Portsmouth on penalties.
Next season the team will be playing in the second tier of colleges football. A delighted Kester Buckland, Henley’s head coach, said: “It was very pleasing to win the league in this manner. The boys have worked very hard all season and their efforts have been rewarded. Their team spirit is phenomenal and they play with pride and passion..”
The Henley College squad was Jack Stemp, Mark Swadling, Sam Rooks, Joe Sumner, Jordan Piper, James Dinsdale, Ollie Sirrell, Methembe Njani, Lloyd Majaya, Ed Jabbari, Will Churchward, Bertie Gingell, Oscar Sucholdolski, Euan Aitchison, Liam Walsh, Luke Vincent, Niall Harris, Alex Whitehouse, Aiden Rushton, Ben Levy, Aaron Stevenson, Ed Gadd, Johnny Genin, Nathan Blissett, Jamie Thurston, Elias Hannibal, Harry Pearce and Seb Serrano.