Monday, 25 March 2019

England wraps up win for visitors

England wraps up win for visitors

HENLEY LADIES 1sts improved on their 2-2 draw with High Wycombe Ladies 1sts earlier in the season as they ran out 4-1 winners on their travels last Saturday to maintain their promotion push.

The amber and blues started strongly and for the first 15 minutes of the game were camped mostly in Wycombe’s defending half but were unable to get any serious shots on goal.

Conversely, Wycombe managed to gain a few attacks on the break; these were cleared up by defenders Rachel Herbert, Katherine Green and Chloe Nolson but one exception saw a Wycombe player reach the baseline, and a pass across goal mis-stopped by a Henley defender, resulted in an unexpected deflection, skimming past goalkeeper Hannah Lavis’s shoulder, into the net.

Henley equalised after a well-worked attack down the right-hand side saw the ball sent across the D to a waiting Lara Wilkinson on the post to slot it behind the keeper.

Soon after the visitors went ahead after a similar attack gave Keira Halloran the opportunity to deflect the ball over the line.

The second half continued in much the same manner, with Emma Walker and Ellie Roseff forming a solid partnership in the centre-midfield and wide midfielders Charlotte Cockerton and Sophie Hoskins offering good options on the attack and swiftly closing down Wycombe’s options when they were in possession.

Forwards Louisa England, Georgie Metcalfe and Wilkinson put great pressure on the Wycombe defence throughout the 70 minutes, forcing many turnovers and keeping their goalkeeper very busy.

It wasn’t until well into the fourth quarter that Henley were rewarded only their second short corner of the game. A trusted routine saw Green disguise a pass to England on the penalty spot ready to deflect the ball into the net.

Another short corner soon followed and whilst the initial shot was saved, a goalmouth scramble led to Halloran getting on the score sheet again after she reversed the ball into goal from close range.

Henley have a big weekend ahead as they play league leaders Oxford Hawks tomorrow (Saturday) and third-placed Harrow on Sunday. Both matches take place at Jubilee Park.

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