Saturday, 15 December 2018

Hosts take honours in top-of-table clash

HENLEY 1sts narrowly lost out away to MBBO Regional Division 1 league leaders Oxford in a top-of-the-table clash last Saturday.

HENLEY 1sts narrowly lost out away to MBBO Regional Division 1 league leaders Oxford in a top-of-the-table clash last Saturday.

The game started at a frantic pace, with Henley going close through Geoff Joseph after five minutes, Ed Foster picking out the striker at the far post only to be denied by the alert Oxford keeper.

Against the run of play Oxford took the lead through a well-crafted short corner routine and despite going close to immediately drawing level through Chris Green and Ross Hibberd, Henley found themselves trailing at half-time.

After 45 minutes another Oxford short corner ended up in the back of the net despite Henley keeper Cox keeping out the initial effort on goal.

Henley reacted well to going 2-0 down with the midfield of Mortimer, Foster and new recruit Rhys Joyce starting to dominate the game with 20 minutes left. This resulted in a goal from Foster through a short-corner flick and an equaliser from Hibberd after good work from Benji Hetherington, to set up a grandstand finish.

Despite looking like the side who were going to win the match, Henley were unable to score one of the numerous chances they had and it was Oxford who had the final say. Through another short corner the home side scored what would provde to be the decisive goal.

HENLEY 2nds had to share the points with visitors Thame 1sts in Division 2 of the MBBO League at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

The hosts took the lead when Price slipped the ball to Boumphrey, who showed impressive pace to drive down the right hand side of the pitch, skipping past tackles, before slipping a smart pass to Guy Harmer square on his left. Harmer controlled the ball before slotting it calmly past the goalkeeper.

Thame equalised in the second half through some scrappy play eventually evading Foggoa in the Henley goal.

Henley 2nds: R Foggoa, J Clarke, R Austin, O Wiseman, I Roberts, J Draycott, A Price, J Boumphrey, J Wood, G Harmer, C Maidlow, J McLovin, J Hughes-Burns, C Cheesman.

HENLEY maintained their unbeaten season with a hard fought draw against mid-table Bicester at Jubilee Park.

A nervy start from the hosts resulted in a few breaks from the opposition early on but the Henley defence held firm.

Henley slowly got into the game and had a number of chances of their own but found the visiting keeper in fine form.

An attack down the right from Bicester drew a sharp save by Boydell but the rebound could not be saved as the visitors took the lead. Henley came out strongly in the second half and created several good chances. A lifted ball into the box bounced off Mortimer’s chest and fell perfectly for him to slot home but the goal was disallowed.

More attacks came from good play by Rechner junior and senior. The decisive play finally came in the final 10 minutes when Rechner senior forced his way into the D and a lifted shot from him took a deflection to carry it into the net.

Henley were denied at win at the death by the Bicester keeper.

Henley 4ths: Bobby Boydell, Jon Williams, Rupert Wiseman, Martyn Watkins, James Lane, William Beaumont, Ian Rechner, James Rechner, Archie Clark, Mark Dobson, Ewan Watkins, Alan Mortimer, Andy Green.

THE Henley Ladies Development team secured a narrow 1-0 win at Abingdon Ladies in Division 5 of the Trysports Three Counties League on Saturday.

The balance of play was equal during the first half, with good offensive and defensive moves produced by visitors who won several penalty corners on the trot but were unable to convert any of them.

Beth Staines, making her debut for the team, showed confidence and maturity while Steph Croft ran well with the ball whilst maintaining possession.

In the last 10 minutes of the game, as Henley put Abingdon under increasing pressure in their 23-metre area, they forced errors and two penalty corners were awarded to the visitors. The first was unsuccessful, however after a strong injection by Tash Martinez, and a one-two between Catherine Brown and Val Woods, the former scored the decisive goal. Abingdon continued to threaten with swift forays into Henley’s half but the midfield and defence responded well and thwarted all but one, which resulted in a penalty corner. Goalkeeper Maddy Teboe made a fine save but the opposition came straight back into the D for another shot on goal which was cleared by Fiona Woods.The win lifts Henley up to seventh place in the table.

Henley Ladies 4ths/Development XI: Catherine Brown, Stephanie Croft, Sarah Drummond, Sarah Evans, Hannah Holloway, Tash Martinez, Megan Parker, Vicky Smith, Beth Staines, Maddy Teboe, Fiona Woods, Val Woods.

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