Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Henley have no answer as hosts Oxford Hawks rattle in six goals

HENLEY 1sts suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat away to Oxford Hawks 1sts in last Saturday’s Southern

HENLEY 1sts suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat away to Oxford Hawks 1sts in last Saturday’s Southern Premier League Division 1 clash.

On a slick pitch Henley, playing their first ever season at this higher level, went down to three goals scored in each half.

Despite being in advanced positions throughout, Henley were unable to unlock the home side’s door, and were left vulnerable on the counterattack.

Rob Rowe had a solid match at right back and was named Henley’s man-of-the-match.

HENLEY 3rds combated their poor start to the season with an impressive team performance against a strong Bicester side last Saturday at Jubilee Park.

Straight from the start Henley were on the upper foot as the forwards created chance after chance but none of them were put away. The most noticeable came from a long ball from defence, which Ewan Watkins picked up and squared to Liam Peachy who pushed it just past the post.

At the other end Bicester were only able to break past the solid defence of Henley a few times but all shots were cleared by the on form Bobby Boydell in the Henley goal.

Early in the second half Nico Cheesman broke the line of defence and his wayward shot deflected off the foot of a Bicester defender into the back of the goal.

This goal spurred Henley 3rds on and shortly after they got their second. Tim Herbert surged forward from the midfield and delivered a good ball to Liam Peachy whose first touch took him round the defender and his second guided the ball into the bottom left corner.

The Henley defence weren’t going to be broken down and Rowan Austin, Tony Conway Hughes and Mike Cordrey were solid throughout.

With time running out Sam Brown intercepted a weak Bicester clearance, rounded the keeper and squared for Rupert Wiseman to tap home Henley’s third.

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