Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Unbeaten record left in tatters by Banbury

SOUTH LEAGUE Premier Division 2 leaders Henley, who had taken 50 out of a possible 54

SOUTH LEAGUE Premier Division 2 leaders Henley, who had taken 50 out of a possible 54 points going into last week’s match away to second placed Banbury, lost their unbeaten record in spectacular fashion as they went down 6-0.

The home side started the brighter as Henley were slow out of the blocks. Having ridden their luck in the first 15 minutes, Henley started to get a foothold in the match.

Flowing play down the right side through Hibberd, Joyce and Gupta carved out a couple of chances for the visitors to take the lead.

With chances at both ends, the first goal was crucial, and it finally came at the end of the first period with a well worked move by Banbury to put the hosts 1-0 up.

The second half started in similar vein â?? chances at both ends, with both keepers making important saves.

The key moment in the game came on 55 minutes when another breakaway from the home side was converted past keeper Cox.

As Henley chased the game and pushed for a response, they were left lacking at the back and shipped four goals in the closing five minutes.

With three games of the season remaining Henley need to win to win all their matches to secure the title.

HENLEY 2nds ran out comfortable winners at home to Staines 3rds on Saturday.

After constant early pressure, only alleviated by the aerial clearances by Staines, a flowing move saw Dan Herbert drive from the midfield into the top of the D and unleash a shot to put Henley ahead.

After goal attempts by Maidlow, Pollard and Cooke, which were all either saved, deflected or wide, the second goal came through Guy Harmer with some neat inter play. The second half picked up where the first ended with Jeremy Hughes-Burne, Nico Cheesman and Liam Peachey continuing to make intelligent runs and passes allowing the forwards to get high and around the back of Staines to maintain the pressure on the visitors’ goal.

Henley continued to dominate overall possession but with Staines making a few positional changes they started to establish themselves into the game. With Staines trying to push on more this left them open to the counter attack with large gaps appearing their midfield and it wasn’t long before Herbert was celebrating again with his second of the game to make it 3-0.

Soon after it was 4-0 with Herbet completing his treble with a quickly taken free hit just outside the 25 that was pushed straight to him unmarked at the top of the D from where he fired home.

Henley 2nds: Ryan Foggoa, Matt Herbert, Jeremy Hughes-Burne, Terry Pollard, Dan Herbert, Chris Maidlow, Guy Harmer, Jacob Cooke, Ed Newbold, Jeremy Clarke, Nico Cheesman, Liam Peachey.

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