Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Kemp is spot on for high-flying Red Kites

HENLEY TOWN moved up to second place in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League

HENLEY TOWN moved up to second place in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League on Tuesday night after defeating local rivals Woodley United at The Triangle Ground.

The Red Kites always looked the likely winners in this derby clash from the off after Richard Bennett opened the scoring after he sent a testing cross shot into the area which looped over Woodley keeper Hitchin as early as the third minute.

Woodley managed to get themselves level on 12 minutes when Henley’s young keeper Kyriatzis made a rare mistake as his pass from just outside of his own area left him stranded as it was intercepted by visiting winger Flora who was able to walk the ball into the goal.

The visitors’ chances of getting anything out of the game were then dented as striker Odusanya was red carded midway through the first half for an elbow in the face of Richard Thomas.

The game was not the best for the spectators who braved the chilly evening as both teams cancelled each other out, but captain Richard Thomas gave the Red Kites the lead once again when he headed home unchallenged a corner from Bennett just before half-time. In the second half Woodley played a lot of long balls up front in an attempt to get themselves back in the game but Grant Kemp sealed the victory in the 75th minute from the penalty spot after Bennett was brought down in the box. The win lifts Henley up to joint top in the table with only goal difference separating them from league leaders Penn and Tylers Green.

Henley Town: Kyriatzis, Malone (Baxter, 58 mins), Goddard, Mew, Thomas, Nunn, Kemp, Povey, Bennett, Stevens (Tye, 61 mins), Clark (Wheeler, 73 mins).

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