Monday, 17 December 2018

Hibberd’s double puts side in pole position

HENLEY 1sts made it two home wins out of two in the MMB&O League as they defeated PHC Chiswick 1sts

HENLEY 1sts made it two home wins out of two in the MMB&O League as they defeated PHC Chiswick 1sts last Saturday.

The hosts soaked up Chiswick pressure in the first five minutes and took a firm grip of the game through Ross Hibberd who left the visiting keeper with little chance.

Henley then put on consistent pressure and created numerous back post chances. Finally Henley got their reward with Hibberd once again netting following a good ball from Benji Hetherington.

In the second half Chiswick showed their class and pulled a goal back but Henley controlled the game to play out the win and retain their place at the top of the table.

A NEW-LOOK Henley team, comprising first and second team players, lost out at home to Eastcote on Sunday in the first round of the HA Trophy.

Jonny Taylor finished a good move to put the hosts in front before Eastcote hit back twice before the interval to take the lead.

Whilst Henley played some good hockey in the second half, with Ed Hughes-Burne in particular impressing, they could not break the Eastcote defence as they crashed out of the tournament at the first hurdle.

HENLEY 2nds maintained their unbeaten start to their Division 2 season with a draw away to Wallingford 2nds.

The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges forcing a number of errors and moving the ball quickly between midfield and attack with some aerial assistance from Oscar at right back.

Henley missed a penalty flick courtesy of Chris Maidlow while a goal was not given following what appeared to be a ball-over-the-line dispute after a passage of play where newcomer Andy Mansfield had the keeper stranded, but James Wood’s shot into a keeper-less goal failed to pass the first line of defence. The second half was a few minutes old when one of the opposition was shown a yellow card for a deliberate back stick. The numerical advantage was short-lived after a feisty captain’s tackle saw Alex Price receiving a similar reward from the umpire.

Henley continued to string some good passes together, with tireless running from the forwards, led by Guy Harmer, creating space behind the opposition defence.

As Henley legs tired Wallingford kept their shape well, passed the ball around and whilst they had few shots from open play, they continued to win short corners but a combination of good fortune and Foggoa kept them at bay.

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