Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Yellow cards prove costly

HENLEY went down to a 7-4 defeat at Crystal Palace’s London Wayfarers last Saturday at the

HENLEY went down to a 7-4 defeat at Crystal Palace’s London Wayfarers last Saturday at the National Sports Centre.

Within five minutes of the start Wayfarers counter attacked as quickly as the sand covered pitch would allow and won a short corner, which was dispatched through the legs of Roy Cox. This quickly became two goals as some scrappy play in the D left the ball on the far post for an easy tap-in.

The visitors hit back when skipper Ed Foster latched on to a through ball and finished sweetly on the reverse, over the onrushing Wayfarers’ goalkeeper.

In the second half Luke Gupta pulled the scores level and momentum was fully in Henley’s favour until the umpire sent David Ralph to the side-line for five minutes.

Minutes later Henley’s Benji Hetherington was also given a breather for clearing the ball with the back of his stick. A penalty stroke was awarded and converted. This led to a phase of play which resulted in further ill-discipline and Wayfarers smashing three more goals in, leaving Henley 6-2 down after a disastrous 10 minutes of play.

Once back to full strength, Henley managed to pull a few goals back through Rhys Joyce and Luke Gupta before the hosts netted once more.

HENLEY 3rds went down to a heavy defeat away to high-flying county rivals Banbury 3rds.

Early in the first half Banbury broke away with pace and a sharp pass to the their forward on the post resulted in an easy tap-in. The visitors hit back when a run from Nico Cheesman resulted in him executing a flick from inside the D to level the scores.

The Banbury side, playing three up front, utilised their attack yet again, with a good link of passes leading to another tap-in for the man on the post. Shortly after, Banbury got their third, another string of passes and final ball to the lone man standing by the post resulted in his hat-trick. In the second half a counterattack saw the hosts extend their lead with another goal. Shortly after Tim Herbert pulled a goal back for the visitors from a hard hit short corner.

Banbury refused to let their grasp on the game slip as a short corner awarded gave the hosts their sixth goal of the match. Shortly after a volley from the penalty spot deceived the goalkeeper before the man on the post netted another goal. An opposition short corner put a nail in Henley’s coffin with a well worked routine which split open the tired visiting defence.

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