HENLEY boosted their chances of securing a Southern Premier League play-off place after running out comfortable 6-1 winners away to
HENLEY boosted their chances of securing a Southern Premier League play-off place after running out comfortable 6-1 winners away to Slough last Saturday.
Henley started the match well, creating several early chances to take the lead. Chris Green was played through one-on-one by Jodie Measures, but the finish went just wide of the near post, with the Slough keeper advancing. Soon after Richard Woolfrey went even closer, striking the post after good work from Jonny Taylor and Green, whose pinpoint cross set up the striker in the Slough D.
After 15 minutes Henley made the breakthrough when a long corner involving Dan Herbert and Ross Hibberd resulted in a Woolfrey goal, after Ed Foster crossed the ball to the unmarked striker.
Henley doubled their lead minutes later, Foster again the provider, finding Green unmarked at the far post, who scored off the crossbar from close range.
Slough responded with a breakaway goal of their own on the 20-minute mark, but Henley hit back immediately when Mortimer found Measures on the left wing, who passed across the Slough D to the on-rushing Foster to put Henley 3-1 up at half-time.
There was much of the same in the second half for Henley as they dominated possession and created further chances to add to their lead.
The visitors took three of these chances; firstly Woolfrey adding his second of the day from close range following good build-up play from Measures; Green powered home his second from a narrow angle; and Foster scored his second from the penalty spot following a deliberate back stick from a Slough defender.
HENLEY 2nds’ good run of results finally came to an end when they went down 4-2 at home to local rivals Sonning last Saturday. With a number of key players missing, Henley did well to repel the Sonning advances, building their own attacks on the flanks. However, it was the visitors who struck first to take the lead.
Henley responded by applying the pressure and fine work by Roberts and the midfield allowed Joseph to break free in the D, placing his shot into the near corner.
There were many chances at both ends before the break, though it was Sonning who struck again from a short corner routine. After the break Dave Bowyer made a fine save from a Sonning attack, shortly before Maidlow and Harmer produced a Henley short corner. The ensuing one-two with Joseph gave Maidlow an easy finish. Soon after Sonning scored their third of the match.
Henley saw plenty of possession, squandering many chances but Sonning made Henley pay for their missed opportunities, adding a fourth goal to seal the three points.