Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Five-star display sends Red Kites tumbling

HENLEY TOWN, depleted by injuries and sickness to key players, were ruthlessly despatched from the second

HENLEY TOWN, depleted by injuries and sickness to key players, were ruthlessly despatched from the second qualifying round of the FA Vase by Oxford City Nomads at the Triangle Ground on Friday night.

The writing was on the wall for the home side after just six minutes when Amer Awach curled a shot around an outstretched Dimitrios Kyratzis in the Henley Town goal to give the visitors the lead.

Arran Fergus, making his debut having signed for the Red Kites from Windsor, showed some useful touches in the opening stages.

Kayla Pattison scored a second for Oxford after 26 minutes, beating Kyratzis in a one-on-one situation. Henley strived to get back in the game as Richard Bennett battled hard in the thick of the action.

Just before half-time the visitors had the ball in the back of the net again but the free-kick goal was disallowed as it was taken before the referee had blown his whistle.



Four minutes into the second half the Red Kites conceded a corner and a low ball across the goalmouth allowed Drew Boyd to turn the ball into the goal, while the Henley defence was in disarray. After 52 minutes John Rixon scored from a well orchestrated corner kick manoeuvre to put Nomads 4-0 up. Henley rallied forward and Jack Thomson-Wheeler beat Lawrence from 15 yards to put Henley on the score sheet after 83 minutes.

Red Kites substitute Ben Clark was booked for a handling offence before Jamie Mundy added a fifth for the visitors three minutes later to compound the misery on a tired and defeated Henley team.

Henley Town: Kyratzis, Slocombe, Mew, Bygrave, Baxter, Smith, Kemp (Clark, 80 mins), Thomson-Wheeler, Bennett, Fergus (Witt, 55 mins), Cuthbert. Subs not used: Fairchild, Moore.



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