Thursday, 13 December 2018

Keeper’s heroics not enough for Hotspurs

VISITING side AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U13s narrowly lost out 3-2 in their opening East Berks League

VISITING side AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U13s narrowly lost out 3-2 in their opening East Berks League clash at EVERSLEY AND CALIFORNIA PYTHONS U13s on Saturday.

The hosts began with the wind behind them and put Henley under pressure with their physical game.

Henley defended well, and when they did hit the target the Pythons found Hotspurs’ keeper Alex Tams in fine form as he pulled off a string of fine saves.

The visitors tried to play on the break and when a Will Symons through ball found Sonny Martin with a chance to shoot, the home keeper proved in equal form to Tams, as the first half finished goalless.

With the wind behind them in the second half Henley hoped for more attacking chances, but Eversley began as they left off, keeping up the pressure, which eventually led to a goal, their winger shooting into the top corner to leave Tams helpless.

The home team made it 2-0 with another fine strike. This goal fired Henley into life.

Tireless work from the Henley midfield released Martin down the right wing and his pinpoint cross found Leo Browne, who slammed the ball low into the bottom corner.

Henley continued to press forward and when Eversley managed to clear a corner Owen Simmons pounced on a loose ball and played a first time pass to Symons in space who volleyed home as the Pythons’ defence ball watched.

The home team continued to attack but struggled to get past man-of-the-match Tams until their right winger hit a volley in to the top corner to put the hosts back in front.

Henley won a succession of corners in the final minutes and when the ball did fall to Martin, his clever chip saw the keeper palm the ball on to the bar to deny the visitors a share of the spoils.

Archie Barker netted a hat-trick as AFC HENLEY U13s defeated BARTON ROVERS U13s 8-5 in their opening match of the season.

Barker opened the scoring in the first half, followed quickly with an equaliser for Barton.

In an evenly contested high-scoring match match Henley had the edge with two further goals from Barker and one each from Jem McAllister, Luke Freeman, Justus Larter, Felix Grant and Jamie Hudson.

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