Henley Athletic FC

Henley Athletic FC

Henley’s title challenge faltered Saturday when an underwhelming performance resulted in a frustrating 1-1 draw at Coplestonians. My pal Scoop has provided a fine and accurate match report so I’ll only give a summary from a Henley viewpoint
With George still rested, the managers rang the changes once again, giving Golding his first start of the season, along with a change of formation. We started brightly and had the better of the first half and had we taken our chances, the game should have been in the bag before the interval. Shore, Golding, Bruce, Duzgun and Cowan all had chances, with the best of them falling to White just before the break which was blocked on the line. Cops looked resourceful on the break and put in a couple of dangerous balls which required good defensive work. However HT came with neither side at their best and with little to discuss.
This soon changed within minutes of the restart when following a corner from Bruce, Sheppard fed the ball back in, past a curiously static Cops defence, to find Cowan who made no mistake swivelling to fire home for 0-1. This sparked Henley and they poured forward, but then came the games main talking point, referee Mr Henderson-Holmes hitting Henley with double barrelled shots of frustration and disappointment..
Cowan rounded his marker at a narrow angle , tight to the line and inside the box, only to be clearly shoved over, with the ball running through into Houchill’s arms, astonishingly and despite protests, Mr Henderson-Holmes waved the appeal away. Now maybe the marginal delay of the fully justifiable Henley appeals confused Houchill, as he then placed the ball down to kick from the ground. Thinking quickly, Cowan simply collected it and rolled it into the net for a legitimate goal, as both no whistle had sounded and neither had the ball gone out of play. Sadly the initial error of the penalty being missed was then compounded by the goal being wrongly disallowed, following a conversation between the referee and his assistant on the far side of the pitch. Only a guess, but I can only assume that the penalty shout distracted the officials and neither noticed the ball hadn’t gone put of play. On such things, games can turn and in this case it did and instead of rightly being 0-2 up we soon found ourselves level.
A frustrated Henley saw Eaton-Collins break clear and score a fine equaliser for 1-1, the visitors laid siege to the home goal with Bruce and Tejano forcing quality stops from Houchill and many more chances going narrowly wide. This pressure obviously created gaps at the back and Jones was called upon to make a good low stop to deny Smith, late on Abbot could’ve nicked the points for Cops but his effort went wide as the game finished 1-1.
A strangely disjointed performance from Henley, with our passing game not flowing as we all no it can. MOTM went to the ever industrious Caraccio with defensive pair Sheppard and Storey running him close. Cops had their tactics right and worked hard for each other throughout, with, as always, fullback Ferniz attracting admiration from the travelling Henley Ultras.
With a number of players unavailable due to work commitments and injury, the Ressies only had squad of twelve for the visit of Old Newton Reserves to the Community Centre. We did however welcome new boys Ben Olive and Connor Ellis to the club.

We started the first half well and for the first twenty minutes the game was fairly even. Unfortunately, the deadlock was broken when we conceded from a corner to give the visitors the lead. Old Newton then scored a further two well taken goals to make the score 0-3.We pulled a goal back after good combination play between Ling and Mallick resulted in the latter firing the ball into the back of the net. However, the opposition then scored a fourth, but then we managed to score our second through Prentice with a nice finish. Half time score 2-4.

With only two goals separating the teams, the next goal was crucial. Alas, it was Old Newton who scored next to make it 2-5. Another goal for the visitors from a corner followed to give them a 2-6 lead. In the later stages of the game we scored our third goal after Mallick converted a penalty, taking the final score to 3-6. Another spirited performance by our young team, especially considering the number of absentees.
The Vets returned to league action for the first time in 2 months after our cup exploits, welcoming Bramford Road Old Boys to the Community Centre on a blustery afternoon.
The visitors were in for a tough afternoon with only 10 men, however as you so often see, this raised their game and their work rate for 90 minutes made life extremely difficult for Henley, however, the home side eventually ran out 6-3 winners. It could have been more but for their goalkeeper producing some fine saves to deny us from adding further to the score.

A fine worked goal saw Brown finish with a thunderous volley from 20 yards to opening the scoring, with Ford getting his first of the game with a neat close range header to make it 2-1 after the visitors had scored a breakaway goal to equalise. Gibbs stretched Henley’s lead before half time with a delicious chip from 25 yards. Bramford pulled a goal back early in the second half but a Lineker type finish with his left foot by Ford 6 yards out gave Henley some breathing space. A further Gibbs close range finish after a clever Mallick headed cross saw him complete his brace before Ford completed his “perfect” hat-trick with a worldie right foot finish from 20 yards out. The visitors pulled a consolation goal back in the dying minutes with some robust forward play.

It was good to get 3 points in the bag and with our game this coming Sunday at home to Trimley, the promotion race is hotting up!!
This coming Saturday sees another outing against Cops, this time they visit the Community Centre for a Bob Coleman Cup semi-final KO 2.00. The ressies are on the road to Bury St Edmunds to face Sporting 87 KO 2.30 and as already mentioned Sunday sees the Vets at home to Trimley KO 2.00.
The Hat

Club profile

Posted: Wednesday, March 6 2019 by Tony Stone

The views expressed in club/league notes are not necessarily those of Archant Suffolk

Can't see your club?

If you can't find your club, we need your help!

All our pages are provided and updated by the clubs themselves. Use the link below to find out more.

Become a correspondent

Already a correspondent?

If you've already registered with us as a correspondent, use the link below to go to your admin page where you can add match reports, club notes, and update your club profile.

Correspondent menu

Most read

Championship League table


League One table