Friday, 12 August 2022

Red Kites crash out of FA Cup at first hurdle

HENLEY TOWN were knocked out of the FA Cup as they lost 3-1 to Brimscombe and

HENLEY TOWN were knocked out of the FA Cup as they lost 3-1 to Brimscombe and Thrupp in their preliminary round clash on Saturday.

The Red Kites took an early lead through new signing Nile O’Meally but the hosts levelled the scores five minutes later and scored two quickfire goals in the second half to go through to the next round.

The visitors made a bright start and took a deserved lead in the 20th minute when newcomers Patrick Gardner and O’Meally combined and the latter slotted past the home keeper.

But the lead lasted just minutes as fullback Mitch Cooper was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Brimscombe forward Oliver Pitt dispatched the penalty.

The rest of the half was end-to-end as both sides had chances before the interval but went in level.

Henley were forced to replace captain Warren Baxter at the break after the stalwart defender picked up an injury, bringing on youngster James Griffiths for his first team debut.

But the visitors lasted just 10 minutes in the second period before the home side took the lead for the first time, Pitt capitalising on uncertainty in the Red Kites defence to bag his second goal of the game.

Brimscombe and Thrupp went further ahead five minutes later as midfielder Ashley Caldwell fired home from the edge of the box after a clever cut-back.

Henley brought on left-back Jordan Goddard and new signing Ben Blackwell as they chased the game but found themselves up against a stubborn home defence as the hosts comfortably saw out the rest of the game.

Speaking after the game Henley manager Gerry McGinty said: “We were quite comfortable at 1-0 but we made some silly mistakes and let in three really soft goals. We lost Warren Baxter at half-time and after that we didn’t really recover.

“We have a problem with naivety, we aren’t as cute as some of the teams in this league but we are learning every time.”

McGinty added that the team are targeting a win in tomorrow’s home league game. He said: “Royal Wootton Bassett are in the same situation as us in that they’ve lost their first two games.

“These are the teams we need to get points against to achieve our aim of survival and the boys are looking forward to it.

“Hopefully this is the game where we put it into practice and stop making silly mistakes.”

Henley Town: Ben Hitchens; Callum Carlisle, Jordan Gumbs, Mitch Cooper, Warren Baxter; Dan Davies, Grant Kemp, Jack Thomson-Wheeler; Nile O’Meally, Patrick Gardner, Ben Clark. Subs: Jordan Goddard, Ben Blackwell, James Griffiths. Unused substitutes: Liam Tindell, Ben French.

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