Monday, 15 October 2018

Promotion rivals Penn and Tylers Green next up for Town

HAVING played only two home league matches since the turn of the year, Henley Town are scheduled

HAVING played only two home league matches since the turn of the year, Henley Town are scheduled to stage two more in the next three days, writes John Bailey.

These matches be their last home league games of the season, so well advanced did they get with their home fixtures before Christmas. There will, however, be one or more cup-ties still to come on the Invesco Perpetual Triangle.

Tomorrow’s visitors for a 3pm kick-off are Penn and Tylers Green in a match that is vital for both sides. There are so few games still remaining that Henley will find it hard to pass Penn, who have four more points from the same number of starts, and only slightly easier to go past Bicester, who top the table with a five-point lead but have played two games more than either of their challengers.

The Red Kites still have to play both of these sides, who have already played both matches against each other. If the Town win all their remaining games including those against these opponents, they still cannot finish as champions unless Penn drop at least one further point elsewhere. To pass Bicester, they would probably have to rely on the Foxhunters failing to win another match, although second place could be determined on goal difference.

Penn are experiencing what is likely to prove the best season in their history. Back in August they beat Henley 5-1 at French School Meadow, and, though the score may have flattered them a bit, there was no doubt that they were the better side. On Saturday, Penn visited Chinnor, which is never an easy match, and came away with a 2-0 victory.

On Monday, the Town entertain Chalfont Wasps, kick-off 7.45pm. It is only 10 days since the sides met at Amersham, which counted as Wasps’ home fixture. Having won 3-1 so recently, Henley will be looking to repeat the performance. Wasps’ only subsequent match was at Wantage on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Just when we thought unfit pitches were behind us for another season, traditional Bank Holiday weather returned on Monday, when not only Henley and Penn saw their games postponed, but all five scheduled games in Division 1 East of the Uhlsport Hellenic League were wiped out through a mixture of waterlogged surfaces and gale damage.

Another casualty of the weather was Henley Town Sunday’s home game with FC Woodley. Yet again, the Sundays will have a busy April, starting this weekend when they entertain Polonia Reading in a league fixture, kicking off at 10.30am.

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