Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Henley Cougars bag good set of results at Thames Valley tournament

HENLEY U10s fielded 70 players in the latest round of Thames Valley tournaments held at Jubilee Park, Reading and Bracknell.

HENLEY U10s fielded 70 players in the latest round of Thames Valley tournaments held at Jubilee Park, Reading and Bracknell.

Some of the youngest players made up the Lions and Tigers teams who played at Bracknell.

The Lions won one match, drew one and lost three. Newcomers Piers De Jode and Emilie Dimmistol played well in defence while Daniel McCarthy pulled off some good saves off the line in their final match. The Lions built well in midfield through the strong work of Max Hordern, Isobel Howell and breaks down the flank from Anna Merritt. Octavia Elliott provided good attacking runs and the fast breaks of Noah Allen were rewarded with two goals.

The Tigers found the going tough as they drew one and lost four of their matches.

James Cormack and Calum Forrest worked hard to get the ball out of defence while Evie Bell, Emily Simmons, Eve Burton and Gwennie Hunter all put in good displays in midfield. Jasmine Barrow showed promise on her playing debut while Evan Hill proved effective moving out of defence. Forrest’s hard work and attacking play was rewarded with two goals.



Henley entered four teams in their tournament they hosted.

The Cougars had the strongest set of results as they won four games and lost one, scoring 11 goals in the process.

Goals came from Danny McAllister (4), Caitlin Swinburn (4) and Toby Phillips (3).

McAllister and Phillips provided good width to create space and outstanding pace down the flanks to link with the forwards. In attack, Swinburn’s hunger in front of goal was supported by Georgina Moore and Poppy Wilson who played slightly deeper picking up the loose balls and distributing well. Defenders Ewan Knight, Ben Proudfoot and Stevie Rankin put in numerous strong tackles and opened up play by passing wide.

The Jaguars won two, drew two and lost one of their matches, scoring four goals through Lucy Blomfield, Max Jones and Benny Wood, and conceding just two.

Blomfield and Jones put the opposition under pressure which culminated in three goals. Bea Bradley and Athena Hall worked hard while in defensive midfield, Ailish Harkin broke up many attacks, with Laurence Sadler and Katie Lovatt blocking any play which made it through to goal.

The Cheetahs secured one win, two draws and two defeats. Isaac Peach held the centre defence well but was unable to generate the pressure in front of goal. Connor Botha netted the side’s only goal of the morning.

The Leopards, who won one, drew two and lost two, had more success going forward with two goals from Amelie Palmer and one goal from Katy Spatcher. Ewan Pratt and Will Bonser both showed a good work rate to break down opposition play and generate attacks going forward.

The Pumas and Panthers were in action at Reading. The Panthers had an unbeaten morning as they won four and drew one of their games, scoring 11 goals in the process.

Lily Hoogenberg held the middle well and created good opportunities moving forward, ably supported by Ben Price and Oliver Judge. Good defending and linking play from Isabelle Cotterill, Bo Dyer, Lana Guilfoyle and Matilda Phelps assisted in creating good scoring opportunities. Goalscorers on the morning included Charlie Rolstone (3) and Lily Hoogenberg (2).

The Pumas won two and lost four of their matches. Top goal scorer for the Pumas was Thomas Harding with three while Anya Marston, Fabian Cheesman and Nonni Luke were all on target.

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