Monday, 10 December 2018

Tough test in prospect

HENLEY Town have a testing assignment tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit Headington Amateurs, who are unbeaten

HENLEY Town have a testing assignment tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit Headington Amateurs, who are unbeaten and lead the league at present. The kick-off is at 3pm.

Penn stand just a point behind Headington with a game in hand, but the Amateurs gave another good performance last Saturday when they won 1-0 at previously-unbeaten Bicester, who had drawn at Henley in their previous match.

Headington have generally provided stiff opposition over the years, with Henley having won only three of their 10 meetings.

Two of those victories, however, came last season when the Amateurs were having an off-year, with the Red Kites winning 4-1 away and then 5-3 at home.

When Asa Povey was elbowed in the chest by an opponent in the last quarter-hour of the Bicester game, he stayed on the field after attention from the physio, so no one thought he had suffered an injury of much consequence.

The same evening, however, he had to be admitted to hospital and was kept in overnight. He has missed Henley’s two subsequent matches, but it is hoped he will be back soon.

There is also better news about Warren Baxter, the account of whose moving to a new house became somewhat garbled. It is, in fact, hoped that he will be able to turn out again in the near future.

Every senior team needs to have at least two available keepers, but this is not easy when there is no reserve team to fall back on.

With Steven Fairchild on holiday, the Town were fortunate to sign Dimitrios Karatzis in time for last week’s game. Karatzis was formerly at Fulham Academy and now at Brentford.

Henley Town’s youth team visit Chalfont St Peter Youth on Tuesday, while the Sunday team have no game.

• Henley Town are looking for young footballers aged 16-18 as of the end of August for their Allied Counties Youth League team. Please contact Youth team manager Paul Somers on 07833 445548 or email

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