BEN CLARK bagged four goals for the Red Kites in their 7-0 demolition away to Didcot
BEN CLARK bagged four goals for the Red Kites in their 7-0 demolition away to Didcot Town Reserves last Saturday.
Going into the game the Henley management were concerned about the team’s match fitness as they had not played since December 28 due to postponements caused by the weather.
Clark was on the score sheet in the first minute when he was able to get an outstretched foot on a Jack Thomson-Wheeler right wing cross.
This goal set Henley on a first half stampede as they scored a further four more goals to go in at half-time 5-0 up.
The second came on 16 minutes when a David Stevens free kick was delivered into a crowded box and Red Kites captain Warren Baxter used the pace of the ball to head home.
Jordan Goddard was unlucky not to get on the score sheet when a move he started on the halfway line, which included a one-two with Clark, saw him fire over from inside the box.
Stevens was rarely picked up in the diamond of the midfield formation and he made the Railwaymen pay for this when he found Grant Kemp out on the wing. Kemp’s cross was met by Clark to put Henley 3-0 up after 19 minutes.
Clark completed his hat-trick just before the break. Stevens again managed to thread the ball through to Clark who slipped it between his marker and the Didcot keeper and this allowed himself time on the ball to pick his shot into the bottom right hand corner.
Henley netted their fifth on the stroke of half-time, again Stevens lifting the ball over a Didcot player to Clark who lifted the ball over the out-rushing Didcot keeper Spurrett.
The second half was more even but the Red Kites still looked the more dangerous on the breaks and made it 6-0 on 82 minutes. Asa Povey took the ball from the centre circle before lobbing the Didcot keeper from 35 yards.
On the stroke of full-time Clark played in Stevens in the penalty area and he made no mistake with a low shot to secure his side’s seventh of the game.