Saturday, 15 December 2018

Metcalfe wraps up scoring

HENLEY LADIES got back to winning ways at West Hampstead last Saturday.

HENLEY LADIES got back to winning ways at West Hampstead last Saturday.

The visitors set the pace of the game from the start, with strong attacks led by midfielders Lou England and Ellie Roseff.

West Hampstead’s goalkeeper did well to keep the amber and blues at bay, but Henley’s persistent attacks soon paid off. Defender Mel Joyce dribbled passed several defenders before sending the ball to forward Hannah Jeremy, who was patiently waiting on the base line. Jeremy dribbled along the line before sending a simple but accurate ball to the far post where Emma Buckham-Hedges slotted home.

West Hampstead responded with quick attacks, causing slight panic in Henley’s ranks. Despite many good saves by player-of-the-match goalkeeper Hannah Lavis, West Hampstead managed to bobble the ball over several sticks and despite defender Kat Green’s diving attempt, it trickled over the goal line levelling the score.

In the second half Henley forwards Charlotte Cockerton and Flic Jefferis had a tough time up front, but remained focused winning penalties. Henley’s short corner routine practices were finally rewarded when Green fired a disguised pass straight through the goalkeeper into the goal.

An attack up the right hand side by midfielder Katie Butler before offloading to England in the middle opened a gap in West Hampstead’s defence. England fired the ball to captain Georgie Metcalfe at the top of the D, who turned and fired a reverse shot into the net with five minutes remaining.

Henley’s nerves were calmed and with five minutes to go, victory was sealed.

Henley Ladies 1sts: H Lavis, K Green, K Draycott, M Joyce, J Barham, E Walker, L England, G Metcalfe, E Roseff, K Butler, H Jeremy, E Buckham-Hedges, C Cockerton, F Jefferis.

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