Friday, 14 December 2018

Hosts hit on counter attack while trying to salvage point

DESPITE being back to full strength, Henley went down to a 2-0 defeat at home against

DESPITE being back to full strength, Henley went down to a 2-0 defeat at home against London Wayfarers, a side who were level on points with them going into the match.

Wayfarers started the stronger of the two teams with a long ball being dodged by the Henley team leaving their striker one-on-one with keeper Cox but the Wafarers player put the ball wide.

The visitors kept up the pressure early on as it took Henley 10 minutes to get into the game and start stringing passes together.

Jeff Goseph had a shot saved by the Wayfarers keeper and a short corner elevated push from skipper Ed Foster was deflected away as the best chances of the first half as the sides went in at 0-0.

The second half saw both sides going for the win and chances falling thick and fast at both ends. Green saw a good opportunity lost when the keeper closed him down quickly after a pinpoint Hetherington slap.

Man-of-the-match Cox made a couple of good saves to keep Wayfarers out for the bulk of the second half, many of them from short corners.

Later in the half Henley failed to clear the ball and Wayfarers opened the scoring. With Henley pressing for an equaliser the visitors broke away two minutes from time to secure their second of the match and secure all three points.

HENLEY 4ths continued their climb up the league table after thrashing hosts Abingdon 3rds last Saturday.

From the first whistle the Henley attack knew they were going to be having a field day as Phil Biggs’ twisting run and shot put the visitors ahead.

Defender turned striker Simon Ward fired a shot past the goalkeeper and an own goal resulting from another Biggs run gave Henley a 3-0 lead.

The hosts got a goal back through a fortunate bobble, which deceived the Henley keeper. With goal difference in the back of their minds, Henley pressed on and a moment of brilliance from Simon Taylor extended Henley’s lead with the midfielder sweeping a cross first time into the bottom left corner. Rupert Wiseman gave the visitors a 5-1 lead going into the half-time break with a close range effort.

In the second half Abingdon stepped up their game and as the rain began to pour down Henley couldn’t revive their performance in their first half.

Henley thought they scored when James Lane hit the ball into the D where Ewan Watkins deflected the ball through his legs into the goal but it was ruled out as it was deemed that the ball did not travel five yards.

Ewan Watkins closed the game off with a short range finish after a short corner to secure the 6-1 win.

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