Henley Athletic FC

Henley Athletic FC

With no 1st team game this week “my” notes this week consist of Carl Page’s reserves match report and Brownie’s update on our newly formed Vets side’s inaugural fixture.
The Reserves travelled to Framlingham with the novelty of having a squad of 13 to choose from for the 1st time this campaign, looking to pick up their first points of the season, but came away sadly empty handed. This was always a tight affair with the first goal always going to be crucial and so it turned out.
Early exchanges were fairly even, with both sides unable to break down two solid defences. An early scuffle saw Garwood having the shirt ripped off his back, but surprisingly the referee kept his cards in his pocket. Chances were few and far between, but Henley grew into the match and for the final 15 minutes of the half were knocking the ball around with confidence. However the shooting boots were left at home and a number of chances were scuffed and failed to trouble the home keeper. HT 0.0
The second half started in a similar vein, but as in previous weeks Henley conceded a goal a few minutes in, the Fram forward escaped from a ball over the top and slid the ball past Burton and in off the post to open the scoring. Fram went 2.0 up shortly after, a flowing move down their right ending in a great finish at the back post . Henley made their final substitution; sadly as in previous weeks an injury followed and Henley were on the back foot with 10 men. However we pulled one back when a rare error by the Fram defence allowed Ling in on goal and he made no mistake. A comeback was on the cards, but inexplicably with the Henley defence believing the ball to be out of play, time seemed to stand still, as the Fram forward found himself free in the area to tap beyond Burton and into the net. Storey and Mulligan continued to try and drive Henley forward but it was Fram’s day. FT 3.1
Thanks to Fram management team for use of their medical supplies and for playing the game in the right spirit. Ref Midwinter had what would be best described as a mixed afternoon, frustrating both management teams.
The new Henley Vets team made their eagerly anticipated inaugural debut on Sunday and came away with a tough but enjoyable 6-3 victory away at Ipswich Phoenix.
The players showed great courage to get through the 90 minutes as a squad of 14 at 11:45, duly went down to 12 at 11:55 & then we lost a player to injury in the warm up leaving us with a bare 11. Three changes of keeper to rest pulled muscles resulted in gifting our opponents two goals, with the first coming from Gibbo who assumed that as we were “rolling back the years” we would go as far back as 1991 where you could pick up a back-pass!! Needless to say the in-direct free kick was duly smashed home from 10 yards! Gibbo was clearly enjoying the break in goal & was caught day-dreaming against the post & failed to deal with a ball over the top on three occasions!! Thankfully a tight hamstring for centre back Kev Pooley meant Gibbo was dragged back out on pitch to stem the tide.
However a perfect hat-trick from Stevie Colwill and goals from Ian Brown, Nick Colwill & Snelly saw us run out deserved winners. Special mention must go to Club Secretary Simon Butler who showed his commitment to the club by playing 90 minutes on the right wing at the ripe old age of 52.
Next week sees us travel to Achilles in the League Cup so a week of ice baths is probably needed. Well done lads.
Next Saturday sees the 1st team take a trip to Bourne Vale to face Felixstowe Harpers, the ressies are also on the road as they visit Trimley Red Devils and as already mentioned the Vets visit Achilles on Sunday. All K.O at 2.30.

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Posted: Monday, September 10 2018 by Tony Stone

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