Monday, 15 October 2018

Henley Kites see off Caversham Comets

AFC HENLEY KITES U16s recorded their first win of the season at home to CAVERSHAM COMETS U16s.

AFC HENLEY KITES U16s recorded their first win of the season at home to CAVERSHAM COMETS U16s.

Both teams created early chances until Callum Brady played a ball through the central defenders for Patrick Snookes-Owen to latch on to and score with aplomb to put the Kites ahead.

Soon after Fraser Bossons brought the ball out of defence, playing it short for Joe Morgan to pick out Callum Brady who was running down the wing. As the ball was crossed into the penalty area Snookes-Owen showed good footwork to arch backwards and head past the goalkeeper to give his side a 2-0 half-time lead.

In the second half a speculative shot from an unmarked Caversham player saw the visitors pull a goal back.

Dylan Rees made a couple of good saves to keep the score at 2-1, with some last ditch tackles by Liam Gaskin, Callum Hoskins and Bossons.

AFC HENLEY HOTSPURS U13s secured a draw away to HAWLEY U13s.

The Hotspurs started well, Leo Brown finding Elliot Fielder down the right wing, who cut in and shot on sight to put the visitors ahead after just three minutes.

Hawley hit back but Henley’s new solid formation with two defensive midfielders limited the home side to long shots that couldn’t hit the target. As the half drew to a close, Ben Yeoman sent Adam Palmer clear down the left wing, and despite a tight angle Palmer deftly lobbed the keeper to put Henley 2-0 up at half-time.

In the second half Hawley came out fighting, winning a free kick just outside the box. Substitute goalkeeper Sam Morgan did well to parry the shot, but could do nothing as the Hawley striker pounced on the rebound to halve the deficit. The home side continued to press and eventually grabbed an equaliser after a goal mouth scramble.

By this time an injury to Yeoman saw Henley down to 10 men. However, the visitors continued to press for the winner only to be denied by the home keeper.

AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U13s secured a 3-3 draw away at CAVERSHAM TRENTS BLUES U13s.

Caversham were straight on the attack from kick-off but good defending enabled Henley to break and win a corner. Jem McAllister’s delivery gave Henley an early lead with a tap-in by Henry Lenthall. More end-to-end football ensued until an intercept by Archie Barker and a chip over the goalkeeper increased Henley’s lead.

Barker’s goal scoring form continued after good build-up play by Henley saw them go 3-0 just before the interval.

In the second half Caversham showed skill and quality and put Henley under pressure as they pulled back three goals to secure a share of the spoils.

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