Openshaw’s goal keeps the top side of the table
HENLEY TOWN came back 2-0 to take a point in their Division 1 clash with league leaders HURST at the Triangle Ground last Saturday.
The first chance went to Hurst when a loose ball in the box was encountered by their striker whose goal effort was cleared from the line by Dan Sykes.
Henley’s best halftime chance came soon after when good work from Alberto Gingell on the left gave Harry Geyton a cross but his header went sideways.
Hurst took the lead when a long ball above the summit was shot down by their striker who finished cold. The visitors doubled their lead at the stroke of half-time when an unfortunate ricochet from a clearance made its way into the goal.
Henley scored a goal back when a low cross from Harri Douglas was crushed by Geyton.
Time was running out for Henley but they never gave up and were rewarded with an equalizer in added time when Hurst couldn’t clear their lines and Geyton was there with a compound finish. Henley had a chance to win it when Alex Walmsley’s cross was met by Brendan Keane, but his header crashed into the post. ROTHERFIELD UNITED missed comfortable 3-0 winners in their home clash with WESTWOOD WANDERERS RESERVES.
during this time UNI GORING, with almost a full squad available for selection for the first time this season, narrowed down to a 7-2 home win over MAIDENHEAD CITY RESERVES.
After four minutes, Harry Voice broke the offside trap to score his first of the afternoon for the hosts. It was a level deal until 30 minutes later when a Maidenhead defender was given a red card for bringing Dan Wallace back after scoring the goal. Matt Hayden sent a perfectly struck free kick into the top corner.
A third followed before half-time when a Maidenhead player turned a Wallace effort into his own goal. Shortly after halftime, Ed Ardill added a fourth, converting a Hayden cross pass. Maidenhead attempted a brave comeback when Tom Brownlow’s outstretched leg deflected the ball past a poorly caught Matt Trimmings in Goring’s goal.
The margin was quickly restored when Voice’s boom run ended with an overwhelming finish. Determined not to miss the act, Wallace added a sixth goal after a great job from Michael Holloway before Maidenhead converted a second goal after a botched defense from Goring. Wallace completed the scoring with a volley that gave the goalie no chance to seal a convincing victory.
HAMBLEDEN remains top of Division 2 despite a 2-2 home draw against TWYFORD AND RUSCOMBE in a fierce and at times moody clash that saw the visitors have three players knocked out throughout the game. Hambleden took the lead when the ball was cleared from their defense to Louis Drake who set up Nathan Horder who chipped the goalkeeper.
The visitors fired back and a long throw was cleared from the line by Henry Arthur. Shortly after, Twyford equalized when a player cut from the left unmistakably to score.
Hambleden nearly took the lead just before half-time when Liam Painter got closer to a one-on-one with the goalkeeper before Drake was scored on goal, but his shot missed.
At the start of the second half, Jonny Openshaw had the ball in the back of Twyford’s net but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Shortly thereafter, Twyford broke away from play to gain the advantage. Hambleden hit back immediately when a cross from Nick Ellis was met by Openshaw to equalize.
In the last minute, Hambleden was denied all three points when a Painter free kick cut the outside of the post.
In division 3 HAMBLEDEN RESERVES ended in a 7-1 loss away to ROBERTSWOOD. Alfie Wallis scored the consolation goal for the visitors two minutes before full time.
HENLEY TOWN DEVELOPMENT remains top of Division 4 after scoring a point at FARNHAM ROYAL MAVERICKS with Fred Kirby scoring twice in the 2-2 draw.