HENLEY Ladies 1sts got their South Club’s League campaign off to a flying start with a
HENLEY Ladies 1sts got their South Club’s League campaign off to a flying start with a 5-0 rout at home to eight-player Southgate on Saturday.
The visitors, despite being three players short, started strongly, taking the hosts by surprise as defenders Kat Green, Sophie Hoskins and Kath Draycott all had to perform well early on to the keep the scores level. Once Henley regained their composure and settled into the game, attacking play came thick and fast. Southgate packed their defence in a bid to prevent Henley from scoring but the hosts were able to finish the first half 3-0 up with goals from Lou England, Charlotte Cockerton and Billie Moore.
Southgate came out fighting in the second half but again Henley were able to put two more goals past them scored by Cockerton and Jem Barham.
ON Sunday Henley Ladies 1sts crashed out of the England Hockey Cup at the first round stage as they went down 4-0 at home to Tulse Hill and Dulwich who play two divisions higher than the hosts.
Tulse Hill and Dulwich attacked from the whistle, but Henley stepped up their performance working tirelessly to defend their goal. Tulse Hill and Dulwich were awarded several short corners and scored two goals from well-rehearsed routines.
Henley were awarded several short corners but were unable to convert against Tulse Hill’s strong goalkeeper.
Despite the visitors leading 3-0 at the start of the second half, Henley upped their game, with midfielders Lou England, Emma England and Meg Moran closing down the middle of the pitch, holding the team tightly together in the press. The visitors managed to slot away one more well-constructed goal before the game ended.
HENLEY Ladies 2nds got their season off to a winning start as they defeated local rivals Maidenhead 3-1 in a pre-season friendly.
The hosts scored the first goal of the match after winning a short corner which was stopped by Sophie Rainbow and slipped to Rachel Herbert, who fired it into the goal.
Good passing from the centre to wings and transfers through the defence kept Henley in front going into half time. Early in the second half Henley were caught napping and a quick break by the visitors led to the levelling the score.
Henley hit back strongly and good play down the middle by Sophy Rogers and Rainbow created an opportunity for another goal. Rainbow’s reverse stick pass into the D found Holly Verran on the post who only fneeded to tap the ball in to put Henley back in front. Further pressure set by Verran, Gracie Newbold and Taminah Brown upfront, and movement off the ball in mid field produced a third opportunity for Henley to score. The short corner was given and Brown injected the ball straight to Maria Fowler. It was then slipped right by Herbert back to Fowler who found Brown on the far post where she was able to slot the ball home to complete the scoring.