Sunday, 21 October 2018

Red Kites back in cup action with derby

TEN days ago, Henley Town expected they would by now be much clearer about what they

TEN days ago, Henley Town expected they would by now be much clearer about what they would need to do to win promotion this season.

In the event, not only did Henley suffer two postponements, both in somewhat unusual circumstances, but Bicester’s only scheduled game was the aborted one against the Red Kites, while Penn only took the field in a cup tie, so that the three top teams all have exactly the same records as they did before.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Henley turn their attention to cup football for the first time in many weeks when they entertain Woodcote/Stoke Row in the second round of the Reading Senior Cup, kick-off 3pm.

The Town, having drawn a bye in the first round, had to wait a long while for Woodcote and AFC Aldermaston to play off for the right to meet them, with Woodcote eventually finishing victors by a 2-0 scoreline. The winners of tomorrow’s game will be at home to Bracknell Town in the third round.

Henley’s cup form this season has mainly been as bad as their league form has been good. Even in the league, however, they are rarely predictable. Either side could come out on top. The visitors may be one level lower in football’s pyramid, but they have been successful in recent years.

Since the Woodcote and Stoke Row clubs amalgamated in 2001, they have met Henley only once. This was in the final of the Henley Charity Cup two years ago, when Woodcote won 2-1. Prior to the merger, there were surprisingly few clashes between the Town and the two constituent clubs.

In three meetings with Woodcote at first-team level, Henley won 7-0 in a friendly but progressed in two competitions only after extra time. Stoke Row were always pitted against Henley Reserves but on only six occasions, with the Town mainly on top.

Following the winding up of Reading Town Football Club, Henley have signed two of their old players, Tranell Richardson and Liam Tindall while Town’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Dimitrios Kyriatzis is leaving, having signed for Championship side Brentford.

The Sunday team visit Woodley Wanderers this week, kick-off is 10.30am.

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