Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Green and England’s short corner routines enough to down Oxford Hawks

DESPITE having several key players missing from the team, Henley rallied to win their second league

DESPITE having several key players missing from the team, Henley rallied to win their second league match of the season at home to Oxford Hawks on Saturday.

The hosts started strongly and appeared to be in control of the game. The defensive foursome of Kat Green, Karen Walker, Meg Moran and Rachel Herbert kept the back clear with attacking balls forward creating opportunities to press forward.

With a rush of attack by Hawks, they were able to gain a string of penalty corners which the defence fought hard to clear. An accidental leg on the line resulted in a penalty flick against Henley which Hawks put back into the net to take the lead.

After regrouping Henley pressed on and found themselves getting a penalty short corner just before the end of the half. With a well-rehearsed short corner routine, Green played an inch perfect ball into Louisa England where she was able to deflect the ball straight into the goal to level the scores.

Half way through the second half Henley were awarded another penalty corner and with an almost carbon copy of the first penalty corner from Green and England, another goal was put away to give the hosts the lead.

Henley’s work rate was relentless throughout and although tiring towards the end Hawks applied some pressure to aim for the equaliser with a penalty corner in the last seconds. Although a bit touch and go the composure of the defence and stand-out saves from Hannah Lavis Henley ensured they secured the win.

Henley Ladies 1sts: Hannah Lavis, Kat Green, Karen Walker, Rachel Herbert, Meg Moran, Georgie Metcalfe, Ellie Roseff, Jem Barham, Katie Butler, Emma England, Louisa England, Billie Moore, Jen Buckham-Hedge.

HENLEY Ladies 2nds ran out comfortable winners against Abingdon Ladies at Jubilee Park.

The amber and blues started strongly with some good passages of play up the wings of the pitch by Sophie Rainbow and Susie Barton.

The opening goal of the game came from open play after a couple of unsuccessful short corners. Rachel Herbert capitalised on a momentary lapse of concentration by the opposition’s defence, receiving the ball unmarked at the top of the circle. She took the opportunity to shoot and sent the ball past the keeper and high into the goal.

As the game progressed Abingdon pressed hard, putting Henley’s defence under pressure. However, this was swiftly dealt with by defenders Rosie Kemp, Meg Parker, Katie Knight and Herbert, and kept Henley in the lead going into half-time.

Good play down the middle of the pitch in the second half by Sophy Rogers and Taminah Brown secured Henley a short corner. The ball was injected and found Sarah Drummond on the left who slipped the ball to Maria Fowler who had the important touch to put the ball past the goalkeeper.

Shortly after, Henley scored a third goal thanks to a reverse stick shot by Herbert giving Henley a 3-0 lead.

In the final few minutes of the game another short corner was awarded to Henley. The whistle was blown for the end of the match and the ball was injected to Fowler who slipped it left to Drummond whose final touch saw the ball cross the goal line.

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