Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Top-of-the-table amber and blues turn on style as title race hots up

Top-of-the-table amber and blues turn on style as title race hots up

HENLEY LADIES 1sts continued their push for promotion from the South League as they defeated Harrow at Jubilee Park last Sunday.

Going into the match the hosts had everything to prove after narrowly losing to Harrow in the first half of the season.

The amber and blues started strong against Harrow’s half court press and did not give in to the pressure as the Henley defence calmly played the ball around the back tiring the visitors’ attack.

Henley were able to make a push forwards and won an early penalty corner which was converted to a penalty stroke after a Harrow defender blocked the ball with her body. Rachel Herbert confidently slotted the flick into the goal putting Henley 1-0 up.

Henley kept the pressure on, winning another short corner allowing Herbert to net her second goal of the game.

Harrow tried to push back and put pressure on Henley’s defence but Henley’s goalkeeper Hannah Lavish was able to get a touch on a quick strike to keep a clean sheet.

Henley won another short corner which was converted to a top corner goal by Louisa England putting Henley 3-0 up.

The hosts continued to challenge Harrow and were able to create a good goal following a move starting from Chloe Nelson in defence, crossing into the attack to England who was able to place the ball to Taminah Brown to net the final score of the match. Henley, whose player-of-the-match was defender Kat Green, are now top of the table with four matches of the season remaining.

THE previous day Henley Ladies 1sts were held to a draw at home against Oxford Hawks.

Henley started strongly, putting pressure on Oxford’s defence, with the midfield and forwards linking up well.

Oxford won the ball and broke quickly winning a short corner in the sixth minute which they converted to take the lead.

Henley fought back, with some good movement upfront from Georgie Metcalfe and Louisa England which led to a goal by Lara Wilkinson in the 10th minute to level the scores.

Henley continued to dominate the first half with a strong defensive performance by Kat Green, Rachel Herbert and Chloe Nelson.

Oxford started the second half strongly, playing higher and putting more pressure on Henley. However, Henley continued their strong performance with England winning a short corner in the 42nd minute. Herbert’s straight strike at goal put the hosts’ 2-1 up.

Oxford continued to pressure Henley’s defence which led to them winning the ball and scoring the equalising goal after 53 minutes. Both teams continued to play well and after full time the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

BECCY Barry netted twice as Henley Ladies 2nds ran out winners at Wycombe Ladies 2nds.

Wycombe started brightly passing the ball around their midfield before attacking the Henley goal.

Henley soon intercepted play and had more of the possession in the first half but Wycombe’s sturdy defence ensured the teams changed ends goalless. Ten minutes into the second half Henley won a short corner. Karen Walker received the ball at the top of the D, and passed it to skipper Emma Hedges on the base line who crossed it to Barry who fired home.

As Henley gained in confidence, they had more attacks on goal from Alex Lane, Billie Moore and Wendy McLoughlin. After multiple strikes on goal, and good saves from Wycombe’s goal keeper, Barry scored her second of the game, pushing the ball over the line with the goalkeeper on the grounded.

In the final minute Wycombe won a short corner but Henley’s goalkeeper pulled off a couple of good saves as the amber and blues ran out winners.

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