Friday, 14 December 2018

Leaders in seventh heaven

UNBEATEN South League Division 2 leaders Henley 1sts maintained their impressive record with a comfortable 7-2 victory against Middlesex side Ashford at Jubilee Park on Saturday

UNBEATEN South League Division 2 leaders Henley 1sts maintained their impressive record with a comfortable 7-2 victory against Middlesex side Ashford at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

Having scored 10 goals in their last home match, Henley went into the match in confident mood, yet it was the away side who took a shock early lead after an early short-corner home was rifled past Roy Cox in the Henley goal.



This lead didnâ??t last long as the home side responded with two well-worked goals of their own through Richard Woolfrey and Luke Gupta.



Ashford struck back immediately to level the scores. On the half hour mark skilful running from Jonny Taylor and Luke Gupta created a second goal from Woolfrey, who then turned provider for Ross Hibberd to score his first of the day from a narrow angle.





Leading 4-2 as the second half started, Henley didnâ??t look back and mounted plenty of pressure on the Ashford goal, thanks to the midfield prowess of Rhys Joyce, Mani Kochar, David Ralph and Ed Foster. This pressure was rewarded with a dominant second half display, where three more goals were added by the home side. The first scored by Gupta, who then set up Geoff Joseph at the far post, following a long-range Tony Gaze pass from centre back.



The third goal of the half, Henleyâ??s seventh, came from Foster, who slotted the ball into the far corner of the Ashford net after an astute reverse stick cross from Hibberd.





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