Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Herbert’s second half goal secures first league win

HENLEY got their league campaign up and running with a home win over Wycombe at Jubilee Park last Saturday.

HENLEY got their league campaign up and running with a home win over Wycombe at Jubilee Park last Saturday.

The hosts started slowly and for the first 10 minutes the defence were being pulled apart by the Wycombe attack.

With slack marking, Wycombe were able to exploit this weakness and after one such counterattack they were able to stretch the play sufficiently to put the ball past the Henley goalkeeper.

Henley hit back and from a clearance from defence, the ball was passed up the right hand side of the pitch to Cleo Lyn where good inter-linking play between her and other members of the midfield saw the ball was moved into the last 25 and crossed into the D. The ball popped up to attacker Ellie Roseff, who was able to deftly fire it past the Wycombe goalkeeper to level the scores.

The rest of the first half was frustrating for the hosts as both Serena Hickman and Esme Emmett both had near misses at putting their side in front.

In the second half Henley were able to frustrate Wycombe at almost every turn, with the defence solid with the addition of Kat Green to the strong team of Georgie Metcalfe, Rachel Herbert and Mel Joyce.

Henley were creating more and more attacking opportunities, shots were being taken and upgrades to penalty corners made. It was during one of these penalty corners that captain Rachel Herbert was able to power home a straight strike from the top of the D to secure the win for Henley.

DESPITE playing some of their best hockey of the season, Henley Ladies 2nds went down to defeat at home to a Maidenhead side who had scored 17 goals in their previous four matches, despite holding them at bay for 65 minutes.

Henley started nervously, conceding a short corner in the opening minutes and this began the start of a period of pressure from the Maidenhead forwards.

The home defence held strong with Maddy Teboe making a series of agile saves at close range. As the half continued, Henley had short periods of possession in both midfield and attack resulting in their only short corner of the game which they were unable to convert.

In the second half a frustrated Maidenhead side were thwarted by Henley’s player-of-the-match Teboe who pulled off several good saves to keep her side in the game.

A Maidenhead short corner goal was disallowed before a visiting goal was also disallowed. This stopped the game for five minutes whilst the Maidenhead protests were heard.

The Henley defence held strong supported by the midfield and forwards all working to disrupt the rhythm of the opposition attacks.

As the last five minutes approached the pressure began to tell and Henley could no longer resist, conceding an opener. Maidenhead then went on to add two further goals in the closing minutes.

Henley Ladies 2nds: M Teboe, A Pocock, K Walker, M Engelmark, E Hedges, H Jeremy, C Shaw, S Rogers, O Brown, E Roseff, K Butler, S Barnes, M Lambourne, R Nutt, L Harris.

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