Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Henley concede from set pieces

A QUICK-FIRE double earned Wycombe victory against Henley at Jubilee Park on Saturday in what was

A QUICK-FIRE double earned Wycombe victory against Henley at Jubilee Park on Saturday in what was their final game of the season.

Despite a bright start from the hosts, it was the visitors who took the lead mid-way through the first half with a well-worked penalty corner routine.

The ball from the top of the circle was played back to the injector, who was able to sweep home first time from a tight angle.

Wycombe doubled their lead shortly after, again from a penalty corner. The initial strike was saved well by the pads of Lavis in the Henley goal but the rebound fell kindly to a Wycombe player on the post and she reacted quickest to poke over the line.

Moments before the break Henley halved the deficit after centre forward Cockerton won a penalty corner.

The ball was played to Walker on the left-hand-side of the circle and her low, powerful shot found the net to give the hosts a boost heading into the break.

Henley dominated possession in the opening stages of the second half, forcing Wycombe deep into their own circle.

Butler, Barham and England worked tirelessly in midfield with the latter making some fantastic weaving runs through the Wycombe defence, earning numerous penalty corners.

From one of these, Green came agonisingly close to equalising when she pounced on a rebound but her shot flashed wide of the keeper’s right-hand post.

The home team continued to pressurise the side in blue but they were unable to find the breakthrough and 15 minutes before the final whistle, Wycombe put the game out of Henley’s reach.

They broke quickly from defence, up the left-hand-side of the pitch and, despite the ball hitting a Wycombe foot before crossing the line, it was controversially awarded, sealing a 3–1 victory for the visitors.

The result means that Henley finish seventh in Division 3A of the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League and with a strong squad, have plenty of positives to build on for the start of the new season in September.

TWO early goals by Henley did not stop them finishing on the wrong end of a heavy defeat away at Thame.

The Amber and Blues started well, keen to finish their Three Counties Premier League 2 campaign on a winning note. They scored twice following good link-up play between Flic Jeffries and Serena Hickman-Holden, which left Thame stunned.

But unfortunately this magical start did not last and the hosts soon piled on the pressure.

Henley fought valiantly, however, but it appeared that they had run out of luck as they lost Jeffries to injury.

They then lost their goalkeeper, Maddy Tebo, soon afterwards when a strike on goal missed her pads and was saved by the flesh above her knee.

In the end Henley conceded six goals in what proved to be a disappointing season finale.

Henley finished the season bottom of the division with 18 points from 22 games.

However, Henley can be proud of the way they turned their form round in recent weeks and are hoping for a good start to next season.

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