Thursday, 18 October 2018

Amber and blues lose their university challenge in high scoring Jubilee Park clash

HENLEY crashed to defeat at home to county rivals Oxford University in their Division 1 clash

HENLEY crashed to defeat at home to county rivals Oxford University in their Division 1 clash last Saturday.

A young Oxford side started the brighter and put the Henley team under immediate pressure. Their first goal came from good work down their left to find a forward with an easy tap-in that Cox in goal could do nothing about.

Goal number two soon followed and with Henley not making the most of the odd half chance in the Oxford D, soon fell further behind when a well-hit strike saw the visitors go 3-0 up.

Henley kept pushing forward and were rewarded with a goal following good work from Foster to create a chance for Green to deflect for Henley’s first goal of the game.

In the second half the Henley midfield were starting to come into the game more and Joyce and Hetherington were finding more space.

However, Oxford scored two well worked short corners in quick succession and the game was starting to get away from the hosts.

Hibberd and Walter were finding more space and a goal from both players closed the gap to two goals and Henley were looking the stronger side.

An error from Cox in goal saw him take out the Oxford forward and concede a penalty flick and receive a yellow card. The resultant flick was converted past kicking-back Joyce in goal and another soon after an Oxford short corner was converted.

With a late surge the amber and blues forwards Green and Walter both scored a goal apiece to make the score 7-5.

Henley 1sts: R Cox, T Gaze, R Mortimer, E Hughes-Burne, R Rowe, B Hetherington, S Heaver, L Gupta, J Taylor, R Hibberd, R Joyce, C Green, G Joseph, T Walter, E Foster.

HENLEY 3rds crashed to a 3-0 defeat against high-flying Wooten Wanderers.

Early in the first half Will Gresswell came on to the receiving end of a good ball through the Wooten defence but his goalward shot was cleared off of the line by the last opposition man. The opposition countered quickly, winning a short corner which was converted. Wooten’s star man ran the Henley defence ragged and a run resulted in a shot which baffled the Henley keeper. With the last play of the half, Wooten won a short corner but their drag flick was saved by a reaction deflection from Mike Cordrey.

In the second half a string of long passes led to a Wooten forward producing a fine finish.

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