Sorry for late notes. Hadn't realised the Green 'Un site was back up and running. So no sour grapes on our first defeat in 6 games when top-of-the-table Henley walked away from Sidegate Avenue with a deserved 2-0 victory to maintain their title hopes. Like many, we haven't been operating with a large squad of "active" players despite the number we have signed on and with a few of those missing last week, we were a bit thin on the ground, but nevertheless fielded a decent team.
The visitors seemed a bit nervous, perhaps understandably with the Senior title all theirs if they don’t slip up, but quickly got in their stride and Goldie in the home goal needed to be at his best to thwart the Henley attack, particularly with one double-save that drew gasps and applause in equal measure. Great stuff. Ransomes weren’t sitting back though and were giving a very good account of themselves and had a very impressive spell before the visitors finally broke the deadlock when Goldie did brilliantly to get a hand to a rasping shot, only to see it come back off the crossbar, the superb, ever-alert Williams being first to react and head home. One nil Henley at half-time.
Ransomes had been forced into a number of substitutions during the game – including one that led to much confusion in the first half as Henley netted following a quick free-kick – but after some consultation with his senior assistant Mark Warden, referee Bob Gooch, brought play back allow the substitution and a re-taken free kick which came to nothing, much to Henley frustration and Ransomes relief.
The change in personnel didn’t seem to be doing Ransomes any harm, but the game was pretty much put to bed when Ransomes lost possession during an attack and Henley broke at lightning speed, Danny George (one of 5 ex-Ransomes players in the Henley line-up) being free at the far post to fire Trevivian’s accurate pass high into the net to make it 2-0.
Henley needed that and relaxed a bit. Possibly could have added, but Ransomes gave them a sharp reminder when Ayles’ superbly flighted 20 yard chip just edged past the upright with Holland beaten. Very decent, closely fought game was brought to an end shortly afterwards and good to see the Henley players stay for a refreshment for a while afterwards. Great to see Ransomes Club President Steve White, with no doubt mixed emotions on who he wanted to see come out on top on the day, with son Ross being in the Henley side. “Chalky” handled it perfectly as you would expect.
Only one game this Saturday (tomorrow) with Sproughton Sports Reserves visiting us at Sidegate Avenue, kick-off 2.30pm.
The Lone Ranger
Posted: Friday, February 17 2017 by Alan McDougall
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