Monday, 15 October 2018

Five-star performance destroys hosts’

HENLEY Ladies 1sts added another three points to their league tally on Saturday when they triumphed 5-1 at Oxford.

HENLEY Ladies 1sts added another three points to their league tally on Saturday when they triumphed 5-1 at Oxford.

From the off the visitors piled on the pressure with attacks emerging from all corners of the pitch.

Henley took the lead when they made the most of an attacking short corner which saw Cleo Lyn firing the ball over the goal line.

Esme Emmett added to the score after she stole the ball off the Oxford defence and skipped round the keeper to fire the ball home. Another goal from open play came shortly before half-time when the ball was worked up the pitch and crossed into the D to a waiting Ellie Roseff on the post to slot home.

In the second half the defence of Ruth Nutt, Georgie Metcalfe, Kat Green and Rach Herbert stepped up their game and quashed most threats before they reached the D while Henley keeper Jen Sawyer pullled off several good saves.

With Henley’s lead furthered by newcomer Gem Barham, the amber and blues lost their concentration for just a moment to allow an Oxford player to reverse the ball into the goal. Late in the game Henley captain Rachel Herbert hit the ball past a number of Oxford players from a 16-yard hit-out to midfielder Lyn, who made a well-placed pass into the D for Serena Hickman to fire home.

HENLEY Ladies 3rds went down to a heavy home defeat against last season’s relegated side Banbury Ladies 3rds. The game started evenly with the midfield and defence holding up, breaking up play and trying to set up attacks.

The new formation of Maddy Lawrence, Sarah Evans and Alice Kelly held the centre of the pitch ensuring that attacks were sent wide.

The visitors took the lead from a fast attack down the left rounding the defence, then passing high across the circle from the back line for their striker to place the ball. Banbury added their second when another build-up down the right resulted in an innocuous pass to the top of the circle where the striker took one swing and lobbed the goalkeeper at full stretch.

In the second half the visitors extended their lead with another well struck goal from a short corner routine. Banbury made it 4-0 when they took advantage of poor defending to give keeper Nicky Hardy no chance.

For the last 20 minutes of the match Henley were dominant, with the majority of possession and creating chances.

The team moved as a unit and pressed high up the pitch while player-of-the-match Clare Taylor set up numerous counterattacks.

Short corners were won from intricate play from debutant Alice Kelly and good interplay from the forwards but the resulting shots were all saved.

Henley continued with the pressure and opportunities resulted for Vicky Smith, Sarah Drummond and Sophie Ashton but none of these were converted.

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