Henley Athletic FC

Henley Athletic FC

A crowd of 57 saw Henley secure a 3-2 victory over a much improved Haughley Utd, with an under-par but committed and characterful performance, despite being having keeper Hindley harshly dismissed with 25 minutes remaining.
Haughley started brightly with Hindley making a great save to deny Smith early on, before Bruce made it 1-0 from the penalty spot on 25 minutes following a handball, scoring his 100th club goal. On 38 minutes Haughley equalised with a bizarre goal from Anderson which somehow found it’s way, almost in slow motion, through a forest of legs to find the corner for 1-1. On 40 minutes a fine double save, at point blank range, from visiting keeper Crompton denied White, but on the stroke of halftime it was 2-1, Bruce striking a perfect dipping freekick over the wall from 20 yards which left Crompton helpless.
On 55 minutes it was 3-1 as Storey got himself on the end of Bruce’s cross to slot home at the far post, minutes later Captain Storey was once again called into action, his goal-line clearance maintaining the scoreline. On 65minutes came the game’s controversial moment, keeper Hindley bringing down Smith for what was an obvious penalty, however the triple punishment law wasn’t applied by Mr Goodman and Hindley was subsequently dismissed. White bravely pulled on the gloves but couldn’t stop Upson’s penalty for 3-2. Despite being down to 10 men, which further invigorated the visitors, Henley held firm with White being barely troubled in goal and indeed the home side came closest to scoring, as Williams narrowly missed connecting with Bruce’s driven cross.
For whatever reason Henley really didn’t click on the day and only a surfeit of quality and a massive display of character came to their rescue. White epitomises this ethic, with the exception of centre half, pulling on the gloves has seen him play in every position for Henley now. But the sheer commitment of all the lads shone through, playing 25 minutes without a recognised keeper and with only 10 men we still dominated possession and kept the visitors at bay.But the star of the show was MOTM Bruce, occupying 2-3 defenders throughout and, as in every match he’s played, constantly fouled, but still 2 fine finishes were enough to see us through. His stats tell the real story, 3 seasons, 98 games and 101 goals for Henley.
As for Haughley, they’ve clearly made huge changes following their Senior resurrection and fielded some strong players, especially some very promising youngsters, the striker Smith particularly catching the eye with his pace.
The reserves were quite literally down to the bare bones, with even members of our vets team called up to fill the gaps left by holidays, family occasions etc, with August over hopefully we’ll be able to field more than the bare 11 in future. Sadly once again a 1st half injury left us with 10 men and saw us on the wrong end of a 7-0 loss to a good Old Newton side.
In other news, the old kit we donated to charity has arrived at Karega Bible College in Tanzania, for those of you with access to our Twitter feed, may I recommend taking a look at the joyous photos we have received from them.
No game for the 1sts next week whilst the ressies continue their run of away games with a tricky visit to Framlingham Town Ressies.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 4 2018 by Tony Stone

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