HENLEY TOWN travel to Wantage Town Reserves in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League
HENLEY TOWN travel to Wantage Town Reserves in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League tomorrow (Saturday), kick-off 3pm, writes John Bailey.
The match should have been played four weeks ago but had to be postponed as Wantage’s pitch was waterlogged. As Alfredian Park was one of the few Hellenic venues where play was impossible last weekend, supporters are advised to check the match is still on before travelling.
Jonathon Malone, who made his league debut for Henley last Saturday when he came on as a substitute, has just been transferred from Wantage, while the Town had earlier obtained the services of David Stevens from a similar move. Wantage Reserves’ top scorer is Henley old boy Adam Cashin-Murray, while another Henley player from further back, Scott Dewar, is also on their books.
The only previous meeting between Wantage Reserves and Henley’s first team was on the opening day of the present campaign, when the visitors won by the only goal scored at the Invesco Perpetual Triangle. The result was a surprise at the time and still ranks as one, given the relative position of the two sides in the table. Should the Red Kites miss out on a high position by a small margin at the end of the season, this defeat, like that at home to Old Woodstock, will loom large in their memory.
Henley will face the rest of the campaign without Gary Smith, who has moved to Burnham following the appointment of former Henley boss Dave Tuttle as manager there. Whilst slightly less dominant than in his first stay with the Town, Smith was still a cut above many of the central defenders Henley have encountered at opposing clubs and will be missed. Fortunately, Warren Baxter was available to fill the void against Headington; he will not be able to play tomorrow but is expected to be regularly available after that.
The Sunday team suffered a postponement at the weekend as the Triangle was unfit for play. They are again down to play at home this week, when The Blackbird are their visitors in the third round of the Oxfordshire Sam Waters Sunday Cup, kick-off 10.30am. Standing top of the top division of the Thames Valley Sunday League, they will provide formidable opposition.
The youth team are away in a league fixture on Thursday against Holmer Green Youth, kicking off at 7.45pm.