Wednesday, 10 August 2022

England goal helps get side backon track

HENLEY Ladies 1sts got back to winning ways as they ran out winners away to local rivals Reading 2nds last Saturday.

Starting strongly from the first whistle the visitors looked on top of the game with the back three of Kat Green, Kath Draycott and Sophie Hoskins holding off any form of attack that Reading could offer. The visitors were able to catch Reading on the counter attack, which led to some good attacking chances finally giving Henley the opportunity to put their well drilled short corner routines into practice. Georgie Metcalfe slotted home Henley’s first goal from a well-executed short corner set up by Green.

Henley regrouped and continued to create chances but Reading came back stronger and caught the amber and blues on the back foot, from which they were able to win themselves a short corner. With the first shot ably stopped by Hannah Lavish Reading were straight on to the rebounds where they narrowly missed out on an equaliser just before half-time.

With Henley entering the second half in high spirits they immediately forced pressure on to Reading on all angles of the pitch with their strong press that Reading struggled to break. This led to Henley winning a short corner which saw Emma Buckham-Hedges score from a straight strike into the bottom right-hand corner, leaving Reading’s goalkeeper with no chance.

Henley continued to dominate with good interlink play from defence up to the forward line. But once again the visitors were caught on the counter attack which saw Reading convert, to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

Henley came back stronger with a lifted intensity, which saw them win another short corner that Louisa England deflected into the top right-hand corner to wrap up the win.

HENLEY Ladies 2nds had the edge in their closely fought clash with Windsor.

Henley made a confident start with good passages of play from the centre of the pitch out to the right wing where Katie Butler was able to play the ball down the line to forwards Taminah Brown and Gracie Newbold.

Continued pressure by the forwards was rewarded with a number of short corners that couldn’t be converted. However, a determined run from Holly Verran provided Henley with an opportunity for their first goal. The ball was passed by Verran and hit on the volley by Brown to put the amber and blues ahead.

Windsor piled on the pressure and quickly levelled the score. Henley restored their lead when a hit down the line by Meg Parker was received by Charlie Wraight before passing it on to Brown who found the back of the net for a second time.

Windsor had a new found fighting spirit in the second half which resulted in Henley conceding two quick goals as they trailed 3-2.

Henley continued to work hard to apply pressure to the opposition’s defence producing more goal scoring opportunities. Henley equalied through Emma England who fired home from a rebound off the keeper after a straight strike by Rachel Herbert.

Determined not to finish settle for a draw Henley scored the final goal of the match from another short corner. Herbert slipped the ball right to Wraight who fired on her Henley debut.

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