Henley Athletic FC
It was a short trip across town for Henley on Saturday to visit Ransomes Sports FC. Over the last couple of seasons these fixtures have seen more than their fair share of controversial incidents, a theme yet again evident today. Henley were resplendent in our new away kit which had its first outing (Thanks Simon!)
Henley had the better of the opening play with only a superb goalkeeping display keeping Ransomes in it, first tipping Chris Williams’ effort onto the post then making a point blank double save to deny Clark Bruce. However Ransomes were a constant threat and within minutes it was Kevin Holland making a fine stop to deny the home side the lead following a goalmouth scramble
Controversy reigned mid half when Chris William’s clever, quick free kick was finished by Clark Bruce to put Henley ahead with a fine finish. With both sides back and ready for the restart the goal was disallowed as apparently Ransomes were trying to make a substitution which the referee was unaware of. An unusual decision to say the very least, but mercifully one that didn’t have any effect on the result and hence can be quickly filed away and forgotten. Understandably this frustrated the visitors and emboldened Ransomes into their best period of the match which saw them put the Henley defence under a great deal of pressure. Justice finally prevailed on 42 minutes when Tom Trevivian’s effort from the edge of the box came back off the bar and Chris Williams headed home the rebound from close range for a 0-1 lead.
Ransomes started the 2nd half well but couldn’t find a way through Henley’s defence with Arran Sheppard and Mark Storey dominating the air and blocking everything. On 66 minutes the visitors increased their lead, Tom Trevivian did superbly tricking his way through two challenges and running through on goal. He drew the keeper before laying the ball off to Danny George who rifled home for 0-2. Henley had further chances to increase their lead with Clark Bruce hitting the post and Chris Williams also shooting wide. Ransomes kept pushing though and threatened until the final whistle but to no avail as Henley ran out 0-2 winners.
Once again this Henley side showed its class and fortitude to persevere and come out on top in an always difficult game. MOTM was Ross White who was simply everywhere at once, tackling and distributing the ball with zero wastage. Tejano and Trevivian were excellent too, classy but determined throughout, almost disdainful of any attempts to disrupt their flow. Yet again out frontline were too hot to handle and if the 1st goal hadn’t have been disallowed all three would have scored. I must add a thank you to Linda Norton who catered for the game and who’s sponge was absolutely perfect (sorry Wendy!)
Over now to Mark Dunham for the ressies report.
Henley reserves entertained East Bergholt A’s this week at the community centre on a miserable wintry afternoon and although the pitch was playable, by the end of the game it was clearly showing signs of wear and tear. Quality passing football was always going to be difficult today and so it proved, with both sides struggling on a slippery surface.
Overall the match was nothing to write home about in terms of technical excellence and we ran out 4-1 winners, however the work rate, determination, character and commitment shown by all the lads this afternoon was something I was incredibly proud to witness. With only 2 subs, one of which couldn’t get there until 15 minutes before the end, one player starting with an injury and 2 more developing them in the second half, Danny Page’s arrival late in the game was very welcome, especially for Westy, who was glad to hobble off to the bench.
2 goals from Dan Walden and 1 each from Mezza and Laughs saw us do the double over Bergholt A who persevered to the end, ultimately both sides and the ref were glad to get back in the warm changing rooms. MOTM this week went to Josh Carracio, who despite the rotten weather had a permanent grin on face, back four all stood strong today with Ripper having a good game at left back, away from his usual roll in midfield. All at the club were pleased to see the welcome return of Laughs up front who bagged himself a goal but missed a sitter of a header. Well done to Dan Walden too, he’s now scored 5 in 3 games.
No game for the 1st’s next week so all eyes on the ressies trip to Greshams to face Coplestonians A’s K.O 2.30
Posted: Wednesday, February 15 2017 by Tony Stone
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