Vestry Café this Saturday at St Peter's Church from 10.30, light lunches from 12 till 1.00pm....
My first poppy finished!
Who else in Henley is going to get creative and make poppies for usage in the WW1 2018 Remembrance event that St Peters Church are planning?
The special Folk Night is on April 20!
Special Folk Night in April: As you may know, this month is a bit special as it is our host's BIG birthday. We plan to celebrate this occasion with a FOLK NIGHT PARTY
This will be held in the mai...
WI Coffee Morning April 26 - good company and help the Blossom Appeal!
Looks like a great concert in a good cause....
Village Brunch on April 8....
April 15, 2018
The 1st warm football day of 2018 saw a crowd of 46 enjoy the sun on their faces as Henley defeated Benhall 3-0. With Booth injured and White away for the weekend, Smythe rejoined the defence and Munson made his first start in a Henley shirt.
Henley initially struggled to get their passing game going and relied on keeper Sharplin to make a couple of smart stops early on. Quick off his line and a fine shot stopper, the young keeper looks to be a great find. Gradually a stuttering Henley began to create chances and after 25 minutes Bruce crashed a freekick off the bar, Sheppard saw a header go narrowly wide of the post and Field fired over. There was some concern about the number of fouls going unnoticed or being waved away, but the remainder of the half passed without major incident.
After the break Henley attacked immediately from the restart, on 50 minutes Cowan flicked the ball between two defenders only for it to be blatantly batted down by a shoulder height hand, despite the howls of protest the penalty appeal was curtly dismissed. Penning Benhall in their own half, Henley restricted the visitors to attempts on the break and piled on the pressure. The crowd were further inflamed after 70 minutes when Munson’s shot was pushed away by, to all extent and purpose a full length diving save on the penalty spot by a Benhall defender. As everybody stopped and awaited the obvious penalty, the referee turned away and completely ignored it.
The game turned with Bevis’s arrival as sub, his decisiveness instantly getting Henley forward more quickly. After 75 minutes Bruce knocked down a header to Munson, whose fine pass found Field, he controlled well before finishing for 1-0. Tejano came close on 80 minutes but his drive was superbly saved by visiting keeper Warner. The goal of the game came after 85 minutes when Jacksonwon possession and broke from deep, finding Tejano out wide right before continuing his run. Tejano squared, Munson dummied and Jackson slotted home into the bottom corner from 18 yards out for 2-0. Benhall hadn’t given up though, with Sharplin having to be alert to turn a terrific long range shot onto the cross bar with his fingertips. In the last minutes Henley finished the game off as Bruce unselfishly crossed for sub Laughlin to bundle home with an undetermined part of his lower anatomy for a final score of 3-0.
Not our best performance of late, but still enough to completely deserve our victory, Tejano earned MOTM with Sharplin running him perilously close in the voting, Jackson had a great game as well. Benhall were much changed from our encounter earlier in the season and played some good football throughout the 90 minutes. Good to see them enjoying the hospitality in the club house after the game as well.
All at Henley send their best wishes for a swift recovery to Daryl Butcher who suffered a hamstring injury during the 1st half whilst running the line, thanks to the Benhall manager who replaced him and who did an excellent job.
No match this week, or indeed next for the the ressies, so the next match for the club will be next Saturday, when the ressies visit AFC Hoxne, K.O 2.30.
April 9, 2018
56 people gathered to watch Henley defeat struggling Haughley Utd 6-3 on Saturday afternoon. Holidays and work saw Smythe and Bevis missing from last week’s team, but we welcomed back Cowan and Booth from suspension and injury respectively to take their place in the starting 11.
Henley led after a mere three minutes, Field was fouled on the edge of the area and Bruce fired the freekick past the wall and into the bottom corner for 1-0. Henley were caught out after 20 minutes when a foul to dispossess Bruce from behind went unnoticed and a quick break saw a floating cross which Smith headed home at the back post for 1-1.
Henley continued to dominate, with Field and Bruce firing over and deservedly took a lead again on 27 minutes when Bruce was felled in the box and stepped up to fire the penalty under Siggers for 2-1. Miscommunication at the back and a mishit clearance fell to Lawrence on the edge of the box who rifled home a fine effort past Sharplin for 2-2 at HT.
3 minutes into the 2nd half it was 3-2 as Sheppard’s 45 yard freekick looped over everyone and nestled in the corner of the Haughley net. Haughley couldn’t get out of their half now, being pinned back by Henley pressure. Duzgun and Cowan combined to win possession deep in the visitors half, finding Field down the right who unselfishly squared the ball for Duzgun to make it 4-2 from just 15 yards. On 20 minutes it was 5-2, one of many fierce Booth challenges won the ball back, he laid it to Bruce out wide left, his precision cross bisected the Haughley defence to find Storey who flicked home from 6 yards.
With 15 minutes remaining substitute Munson came close to scoring, turning inside and curling his shot towards the top corner but Siggers tipped it wide. His appearance had an instant impact as he bullied the visiting defence time and again. Despite the pressure Haughley broke and were awarded a penalty which Lawrencesqueezed under Sharplin for 5-3. Instantly Henley went up the other end, Bruce completing his hat trick with a freekick round the wall into the bottom corner for 6-3.
All in all a good team performance with Bruce winning the Ultra’s MOTM award for his hat trick and all round performance, how Field and Munson didn’t get on the score sheet is beyond belief! Great to see Cowan back with his energy and Booth once again had the Ultras cheering his every challenge, it’s fair to say, the lad enjoys a tackle.
Haughley deserve credit too, they have some good players who are prepared to give their all for the club and never once gave up, not for a moment.
The Ressies came away from Bury St Edmunds with a well earned 2-2 draw at Sporting 87. The dressing room was a bit sombre after the game because we felt that we had let all the points slip away after being 2 - 1 up. However, the mood soon improved after learning that results elsewhere, meant that the point had secured Inter A football for next season!
Henley started the game well and took an early lead courtesy of a sweet left foot strike by Jared Birt, who was making his first appearance for the club since October. Sporting then started to get back into the game and equalised after we were caught out by a long diagonal pass. We went in at half time with a 2-1 lead after Josh Hynard beat their keeper after being put through by a defence splitting pass.
The second half was more of a struggle and it felt like we were hanging on for the win until Sporting made it 2-2 late on. Thank you to our new Ressies Manager Carl Page, who stepped in at the last minute to referee the game.
Saturday sees the visit of Benhall St Mary for what will hopefully be a less controversial game than our 1-6 victory at their place back in December K.O 2.30. The ressies have to wait until the 28th now to complete their season.
April 2, 2018
A crowd of 78 yet again braved the torrential rain, to watch a fine display of passing football as Henley dominated a committed and determined Grundisburgh to triumph 4-0.
Grundisburgh were clearly up for it from the off, especially the ex Henley lads, determined to deny Henley space and winning a couple of free kicks around the edge of the Henley area. However the Henley backline soaked up the pressure, while our midfield kept the ball and created chances. Deacon in the Grundisburgh goal was motionless as Field first crashed a 30 yard strike off the bar, before the same player then saw his lob go narrowly wide and then his close range effort, following a pinpoint cross from White, was superbly saved by Deacon. He wasn’t to be denied for long though as after 17 minutes Bevis cleverly chipped a quick free kick over Pearson’s head where Field simply rifled home a half volley, into the top corner from a narrow angle for 1-0 and another addition to his worldie collection for the season.
Tejano, White and Bruce all came close to increasing the scoreline before a spate of Grundisburgh free kicks by dead ball specialist Pearson put the pressure on Henley, they rode it well and a neat pass interception by Jackson saw him race the length of the pitch and fire in a low cross, with Bruce waiting unmarked at the back post Davis and Seaman slid in to clear and in the confusion Davis put past his own keeper for an O.G and 2-0. Only another couple of fine saves from Deacon, especially tipping over a vicious drive from Jackson saw it 2-0 at HT with a shot deflected wide from Swann the visitor’s only real threat of the half.
Henley turned up the pressure and dominated from the start of the 2nd half, restricting Grundisburgh to trying to get forward on the break. Deacon again denied Field with a great stop and Tejano hit the post in a goalmouth scramble that saw Gibson land awkwardly and break his collar bone whilst bravely attempting an overhead kick clearance.
15 minutes in Tejano made it 3-0 after a terrific passing move, firing home a fine effort from 25 yards. Henley were in total control now and only some brave keeping from Deacon kept the score down, Grundisburgh did have the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside before Field added a 4th with a deflected shot from 18 yards. Home keeper Sharplin made a great point blank stop in the final minutes to keep a clean sheet on only his 2nd ever Senior appearance.
In all honesty Henley just had too much for Grundisburgh on the day, our defence held firm throughout, our midfield kept the ball and our front men were a torment. Field got the Ultra’s MOTM with probably his best display for the club so far, Bevis pulled the strings and Tejano was as dynamic as always. Duzgun was mesmerising, his twists and turns leaving the opposition trailing in his wake. Shep and Bushy renewed their partnership, but for me Smythe was the defensive star, one sequence of 3 totally committed 50/50 sliding tackles, one after the other, drew cheers of appreciation from the Ultras.
Grundisburgh were a credit to their club, they never gave up for a minute and kept playing the game in the right manner. Seaman and Davis were as dogged as ever, Pearson is always a danger and until his unfortunate injury Gibson was at his best, hurling himself into challenges and blocks. But my choice for their MOTM was a straight split between Deacon in goal who kept the score fairly respectable and the exciting young Prime, whose speed and running with the ball show signs of real promise as a future star player. As a team their commitment and pride in the shirt shone through.
The clubhouse was packed full post match, with both sides staying to enjoy the atmosphere, we sold all our programmes and 2 pub cards so many thanks to the Grundisburgh contingent.
We’ve been in touch with Grant Gibson and are pleased to hear he’s being well taken care of, as a postscript to my earlier praise of Smythe’s sliding tackles, it’s also transpired today that one of the recipients, ex Henley man, Matt Carley also had to attend A&E post match. It appears he required 6 stitches in a somewhat personal area and may struggle to sit comfortably for a day or two. To Robbie’s credit he was mortified and got in touch with Matt as soon as he found out, Matt, knowing it was accidental took it well and much online hilarity has occurred since! All at Henley wish Grant and Matt speedy recoveries.
Many thanks too go to Ivan and the volunteers who got the game on, with the pitch looking incredible an hour before the game, I’m sure they’ll have plenty to do this week in preparation for the visit of Haughley next Saturday. KO 2.30. Next Saturday also sees Carl Page make his first appearance as manager of the ressies as they visit Sporting 87, also a 2.30 KO.
March 26, 2018
No 1st team match this week, but a good number of them added to the crowd watching the Ressies welcome Framlingham on Saturday. Framlingham were gifted an early lead when the Henley defence didn’t clear the ball effectively and they made it 0-2 with a well struck free kick later in the half.
A neatly taken goal made it 0-3 early in the 2nd half and another free kick increased the visitor’s lead to 0-4 before a late consolation goal for Henley, as substitute Jackson’s free kick deceived the Framlingham keeper and found the corner of the net for a final score of 1-4.
Thankfully results elsewhere went our way, but it was no disgrace to be bettered by this fine young Framlingham side who were a credit to their club.
Mid week I attended the SIL representative game at Brantham against the Essex Border League, where we were proud to be represented by Mark Storey and Byron Tejano who both excelled during the match. Rads put a strong side out and they comprehensively outplayed the Essex lads winning 2-0 with goals from Jordan Godbold and Teon Leggett. Lots of good fun and football chat both in the stand and post match too, a good evening, enjoyed by all.
You often see the phrase “this week we welcome our old friends”, indeed I’ve used it myself on more than one occasion. But this coming Saturday it’s entirely true with Grundisburgh the visitors to the community centre. We have a lot of shared history especially with the Leggett family and have played each other in a pre season friendly shield competition, which honours that connection, for a good few years now. In addition to which both teams feature players who have played for both sides, especially currently, with Grundisburgh having 10 ex Henley lads on their books and featured 8 in their last match day squad.
Always a competitive game, I’m sure this one will be no exception K.O at the Community Centre at 2.30 this Easter Saturday. No ressies match this week.
March 12, 2018
A good sized crowd in excess of 80 people were treated to a fine display of attacking football as Henley visited Cranes, in a match which was a credit to the SIL, Henley came from behind twice to win 2-3.
After the rotten weather there was some considerable doubt as to if the game would take place, in all honesty with a combination of suspension, injuries, illness, work and weekends away depriving us of 8 of the 1st team squad, there were a few of us at Henley who were rather hoping for postponement! As it was it was a credit to Cranes, Greshams and our referee Paul Kitson that they got the game on. Henley’s player shortages saw a 1st team debut for young keeper Sharplin and recalls for long term absentees Trevivian and Haddoch.
The home side had the better of the opening minutes and took the lead when an 18 yard effort from Blades crashed home off the inside of the post after 20 minutes. This instantly spurred the visitors into action and with their passing game in full flow only some desperate Cranes defending kept Henley out. As succession of repeated fouls down the left side of Henley’s attack saw the visitors rain a series of free kicks into the Cranes box Smythe having a header cleared off the line, Bevis shooting narrowly wide and Holland having to collect sharply to deny both Bruce and Tejano. Cranes thought they’d increased their lead but their effort was disallowed for an offence, handball I believe, earlier in the play. Henley levelled the score on the stroke of HT, the assistant flagged for a foul on Tejano out wide right, but he skipped over the challenge and whilst the Cranes defence froze he slotted home low past a wrong footed Holland. A good advantage played by Mr Kitson and an indictor or his excellent game management.
Cranes made it 2-1 within a minute of the restart as Leggett used his pace to race into the area and fire home a fine low shot across Sharplin. After 10 minutes Henley equalised as Field cut in from the right and smashed home yet another worldie of a finish into the top corner from fully 25 yards for 2-2. Henley were on top now and 7 minutes later made it 2-3, Tejano won back possession in midfield and released Bruce with a pinpoint pass. Bruce looked up and saw ex team mate Holland off his line and gleefully lobbed him from 30 yards to take the lead. Whilst Cranes continued to always look dangerous it was the visitors who spurned a handful of chances to further increase their lead. Holland saved well from Bruce and Duzgun but overplaying in front of goal saw us waste a couple more chances which would have increased the winning margin.
Tejano’s dynamic and committed display saw him come away with the Ultras MOTM vote, but in all honesty it could’ve been awarded to any of the starting 11 in what was a terrific team performance. Smythe had a magnificent game in defence, alongside Storey, as he has done all season. Trevivian looked like he’d never been away and along with Bevis and Duzgun controlled the game from midfield whilst Bruce and Field’s interplay improves with every game. Jackson and White ran their legs off and young Sharplin in goal showed a lot of promise, in what was a baptism of fire. Cranes were resolute, strong and committed with Leggett the star for me, one of the biggest and best teams in local football, they’re always a challenge to face.
A word of praise for our referee Paul Kitson who controlled the game superbly, his man management skills are second to none. The Henley Ultras (myself included) were screaming for a card for a series of repeated fouls by the same player, but he chose a quiet, non dramatic final word instead which instantly had the desired effect. Indeed despite a fiercely competitive game on a slippery surface, with no quarter given by either side, not a single card was shown throughout. Proof, if it were needed, that good man management is vastly preferable to randomly brandishing cards.
A word too for our hosts, although we always have intense games on the pitch, off the pitch there is a lot of mutual respect and friendship. Post match everyone was in the bar where some great banter ensued, especially when Moley came round with the pubcard as the “Cranes Clipper”, I’m sure you can all imagine the hammering he took. It’s always a treat to have a chat with Rads and his lads and we all wish them luck in their semi-final next week.
As a result of the multiple absences the Ressies went into their home game against Bramford with just the bare 11 players. However, they came away at the end of a hard fought match with a 3-2 win which was a real credit to the lads who played. The first half was fairly even with both sides having chances, but it was the visitors who took the lead from a corner just before the break.
The second half began with Henley pressing hard for the equaliser and they were rewarded when a long range shot by Laughlin was only pushed away by the Bramford keeper and Mallick slotted home the rebound to make it 1-1. We then started to create more chances and had a goal disallowed before Laughlin made it 2-1 to Henley with a diving header. Bramford then stepped up a gear and scored with a well taken header from a corner to make it 2-2. With the match looking like it was going to end in a draw, a good passing move involving Ling and Laughlin saw Mallick get a chance in the box which he absolutely smashed into the top corner for 3-2 to Henley who then managed to safely negotiate the last few minutes to secure a vital win.
Next week we welcome Felixstowe Harpers to the Community Centre, K.O 2.30, the ressies have a free week.
February 26, 2018
Henley visited Greshams on a bitterly cold but mercifully dry and sunny Saturday afternoon, where a decent sized crowd, swollen by the ever faithful Henley Ultras watched an entertaining game against Coplestonians.
Henley had a couple of early chances from Bruce and Field, whilst at the other end Gilbert saved comfortably from Davies and the ever tricky Soanes prodded wide after wriggling clear. Henley’s midfield were pinning Coplestonians back now, but against the run of play a mishit clearance from keeper Gilbert fell kindly to Davies who gratefully took the opportunity to put the home side 1-0 up. Cops were defending bravely and hitting out on the break with Gilbert forced into a neat save from Soanes, Houchill was kept busy between the Cops sticks and Field came closest to an equaliser for Henley, hitting the post just before the break.
Cops had a chance early in the second half but Davies ballooned his effort high and wide as Henley started a period of dominance from midfield. This was frustrated by some fine defending in addition to some time wasting from the home side, who at this point in the game only appeared to have a single match ball? Thankfully they found a spare, albeit shortly after a superb equaliser from Duzgun on 75 minutes, who fired home into the roof of the net to open his Henley account and make it 1-1. This forced Cops forward and they had their best period of the game with 3 or 4 chances which all came to naught. A frank exchange of views with an assistant saw Henley’s Cowans receive a red card, however we’re not the soft touch we were a few years ago and if anything this seemed to inspire us and even with only 10 men we dominated from this point on.
With 5 minutes left Henley had a solid claim for a penalty denied, for what was a clear hand ball, but 2 minutes later Bruce burst into the area and was blatantly brought down by Velzian. Bruce kept his composure and fired home the spot kick low under Houchill’s despairing dive to make it 1-2. Within a minute Bruce almost had another, smashing a 25 yard effort off the bar with Houchill motionless. Deep into stoppage time Storey showed what being a club captain is all about. He picked the ball up on the edge of his own box and drove forward on a lung busting 70 yard run before picking out Bruce wide right. His cross to the back post was superbly headed down by Munson with the deftest of touches into the path of Field who smashed it home from 6 yards for a final score of 3-1. This sparked wild celebrations from the Henley bench and Ultras and saw Cops wide man Soanes sent off for something he’d said to the referee.
Every match against Cops’ talented and well coached side is always a close one and this one was no exception. Both sides played some lovely football but I feel Henley deserved our win, with our midfield having an exceptional game. Field won the Ultra’s MOTM again, his dynamism and quality growing weekly, but it was a close run thing, with the effortlessly silky Duzgun and the resurgent Smythe picking up votes too. Bruce was a constant thorn in the side of the Cops defence and as already mentioned Storey was his usual magnificent self, a word or two for Munson as well, who is already giving us a glimpse of his quality with another impressive cameo off the bench. For Cops Davies and Soanes impressed, but Ferniz has long been the Ultras favourite Cops player and once again was today.
Post match, as always it was a pleasure to chat to my friends Scoop, Brian and Iain, we may always have a battle royale on the pitch but there is a lot of mutual respect and friendship between our two clubs. Long may it be so.
A brief word on today’s dismissals, I can’t and won’t defend swearing at officials, but I must question Cowan’s red card. The assistant on our side of the pitch and the referee were sworn at by members of both teams throughout with no action, however when the assistant the other side was sworn at, it was a straight red card. This obviously makes me question consistency? Even when Soanes for Cops was dismissed in the closing seconds for words with the referee it looked like two yellows were awarded not a straight red? I think consistency is important, some refs laugh it off, others are stricter and will warn 1st, some have zero tolerance. Please make your mind up so everybody knows where they stand.
A much improved performance from the Ressies saw them slip to a narrow defeat
against high flying Cops Reserves. On a very cold, but thankfully dry day at Club HQ, we took an early lead when Laughlin bent a free kick into the top corner of the net from 35 yards. The first half continued to be a tight affair until a misplaced pass in our half to Cops forward gave him the opportunity to guide the ball past debutant keeper
Sharplin for 1-1 at HT
Cops started the second half with more attacking intent and took the lead when we
seemed to switch off for a split second and allowed them space at the far post which they took full advantage of for 1-2. We then got back into the game and thought
we had scored from a corner. However, the referee ruled that the ball had gone out of play and back in from the corner kick! Therefore, the goal was disallowed and from
the resulting goal kick for Cops they managed to break away and score a third! Leaving a final score of 1-3 , but a good effort from the lads.
Next Saturday we welcome Grundisburgh FC to the community centre K.O 2.30 whilst the reserves are fixture free.
February 18, 2018
A beautiful bright and sunny afternoon saw a fresh looking Henley welcome Leiston St Margarets to the community centre. Several changes saw a revised line up as we welcomed back Gilbert in goal, Behnamnia and Jackson from injury, with new signings Munson and Sharplin on the bench.
Leiston are in a precarious position and had understandably set out in a disciplined and defensive manner, their commitment and Henley adjusting to a new set up, saw an uneventful 1st half as Henley had the possession but crashed into a blue wall of defenders.
The 2nd half was far better to watch, Leiston, still in defensive mode but looking to break, were pegged back in their own half. Cowan looked to have opened the scoring for Henley, racing onto a through ball and smashing his shot off the underside of the bar and cannoning down. Sadly the low sun and distance meant that the officials missed the ball crossing the line, to supporters with the benefit of hats and sunglasses it certainly appeared a goal, but it wasn’t given. Shortly after Field rose to head home at the back post, but it was quite correctly disallowed for offside.
Henley rang the changes introducing Jackson and Munson off the bench and to an almost immediate impact. A neat passing move down the right saw Munson cushion a ball down off his chest which sat up perfectly for Field to smash home a curling, dipping wonder goal from 25 yards to make it 1-0. After successfully defending a spate of free kicks, Henley broke again and Munson was brought down by the visiting keeper, Bruce stepping up to smash home the penalty low in the corner for a final score of 2-0.
The Leiston lads were a credit to their club, competing for every ball for 90 minutes and showing some real flashes of quality, especially in their wide play. If they perform to this level every week I can see them getting out of trouble.
Lots of changes for Henley today saw some good performances, Duzgun was as elegant and silky as always and combined well with Tejano and Bevis, Cowan was dynamic and Bruce worked his socks off despite the close attention he received. Munson made an impressive 15 minute cameo and looked like he’d been at Henley for years, instantly fitting into the club’s ethos. It was good to have Gilbert back between the sticks and young Booth gave another strong performance, even out of his usual position. MOTM went to Field, this lad has consistently improved throughout the season and showed it today with an absolute worldie of a goal (chatting to Leiston defender Will Ridgard post match, he said he almost felt like applauding it) All in all a positive improvement throughout.
The game was well refereed by the as always good natured Mr Tebbutt, even though we joked post match that he did have a small spate of yellow cards in an inpromptu effort to fund his own commemorative wing at Suffolk FA HQ.
The ressies had a less pleasant afternoon losing heavily at high flying Old Newton,
pre-match preparations were hampered by late call offs which left us with just a bare starting 11. We conceded an early goal but soon got back to 1-1 with a stunning free kick from Laughlin.
However, 2 goals from counter attacks for Old Newton ensured that they went into half -time with a 3-1 lead. The second half saw a further 6 goals conceded meaning a final score of 9-1 to the home side.
Thank you to the 11 players who did turn up and worked hard for the team.
Next week the 1st team travel to my pal Scoop’s Coplestonians with the ressies welcoming the Cops free scoring ressies to the Community Centre. Both K.O at 2.30 (That’s 2.30 Pigeon Bob!)
February 12, 2018
With the 1st team not having a game this weekend I took the opportunity to take in our ressies game at Ipswich Athletic FC, with both of the 1st teams free, both sides were reinforced. Athletic had a handful of players who had faced our 1st team in the cup back in January, whilst we fielded Storey, Tejano and Behnamnia to support the lads.
After a disjointed start, where Athletic could and probably should’ve taken a lead, Henley’s passing game started to click and they began to control the game. However it was 30 minutes before Henley took the lead their play deserved. A neat interchange between Mallon and Laughlin saw Tejano through on goal, his 1st effort was well saved but he was the quickest to react and poked home the rebound for 0-1. Just before the break Laughlin won the ball back and fired a cross low across the area where the lively Hynard was on had to finish from close range to make it 0-2 at HT.
Several early chances went begging before Henley extended their lead to 0-3 with 20 minutes left, good hold up play by Hynard, with his back to goal, saw him lay the ball off to Laughlin, his strike was well saved but Hynard was on hand to fire home the rebound.
Henley made substitutions and took their foot of the pedal a little too much and temporarily allowed Athletic back into the game as they pulled the score back to 2-3. However with five minutes left the game was put to bed as a good interchange between Ling and Behnamnia saw Benny rifle the ball into the roof of the net for his first ever Henley goal and a 2-4 win.
I was quite impressed with some of the lads on display, Fruend, Laughlin and Westlake rolled back the years playing with their mates Storey and Tejano. Woods showed some nice touches but my MOTM went to Hynard, despite being the recipient of a harsh challenge early on, he ran his socks off and showed some real flashes of skill alongside a brace of goals.
The first team are back in action this coming Saturday as they welcome Leiston St Margarets to the community centre, the ressies travel to face Old Newton Utd. Both games K.O at 2.00.
February 5, 2018
Henley’s topsy turvy season continued as a disastrous 30 minutes in the 1st half contrived to see us tumble to a 4-1 defeat at Bramford Utd.
Our misfortune started pre match when Artun twisted his knee after catching his foot in a hole in the training area, he bravely chose to play, but could only struggle through until the break. Henley were on top in the opening 20 minutes creating 2 or 3 decent chances before Bramford took the lead, somewhat against the run of play, as a fortuitous bounce saw the ball land at the feet of Lytess who made no mistake with a fine finish from the edge of the box for 1-0.
Within 5 minutes it was 2-0 as Lytess was unaccountably left unmarked at a corner and made no mistake firmly heading home from 6 yards for 2-0. On 30 minutes it was 3-0 with the goal of the game from Mandley who battled hard to win the ball before curling home a fine effort from 30 yards. Bramford were gifted their fourth as the ball was needlessly given away in midfield, although Knights did well to block the initial effort he could do nothing as Cole stroked home the rebound for a HT lead of 4-0.
Henley made 3 HT substitutions and posed a threat instantly with Storey’s header going narrowly over the bar in the 1st minute. This game of two halves saw Henley have the better of the 2nd half, however despite creating more than a few chances, profligate finishing meant it wasn’t until the 80th minute until we pulled a goal back with a precision finish from Bruce bringing the final score to 4-1 and a deserved home win.
A lack of concentration? Players out of position? Over playing at times? All were theories espoused on the touchline, but what was evident was the spirit and effort shown until the final whistle and afterwards in the bar. Make no mistake, these lads are a TEAM. To lighten proceedings MOTM was awarded to the travelling Henley Ultras, who unlike the supporters of a few teams we’ve beaten this season, stayed until the end and went in for a post match drink.
The ressies entertained Mendlesham in a bottom of table clash on a cold but nice day for football. It was a game of two halves we controlled the first, but came for the break level at 1-1. A long range effort from the always hard to recognise Laughlin on his 250th appearance for the club was tipped onto the bar but Hynard was on hand to head the rebound home to put us one up. A long ball down the middle caught our defenders out and was well finished by the Mendlesham forward for the equaliser.
Inexplicably we failed to get our game going in the 2nd half and Mendlesham scored what was to be the winning goal mid half, we huffed and puffed but failed to find our way back in to the game and lost 1-2.
Not a good week for the club, but as always we’ll go again next Saturday, the 1st team have a free week whilst the ressies have what is now a vital game at Ipswich Athletic K.O 2.00.
Finishing off this week with a plea for clubs to step up and at least provide a match report on their home games, if not club notes. In a Senior division of 16 clubs only 8 take the time to do match reports, whilst the others sit back and let the visiting scribe do their job for them. Interestingly they also tend to be the clubs that criticise the reports afterwards! Although possibly even worse are the clubs who only pop up and write something when they win, also a common phenomenon on social media too I’ve noticed. Come on, it’s easy enough, contact the Green Un and set up an account, show some class and character and report win, lose or draw.
January 29, 2017 - With the first team not having a game this week, all eyes were on the ressies home fixture as they welcomed Trimley Athletic to the community centre. Many would probably have anticipated that with the 1st team available we would have bolstered the ressies, however the decision was made to give the lads a break with just Jackson appearing to recover match fitness following an injury. A good crowd of 39, including a handful of 1st teamers and a Grundisburgh contingent, watched a pretty comfortable 4-1 victory for the home side.
January 23, 2017 - It was yet another new ground ticked off for the visiting Henley Ultras with a visit to Stanton FC on a cold, bright Saturday afternoon. We received a very warm welcome with a coffee on arrival and a chat about everything SIL.
On May 4 Henley hosted a cup final at Henley AFC. Over 160 supporters watched Stowupland Falcons Reserves beat Trimley Red Devils reserves 3-1. We are proud to have been chosen by the SIL to host a cup final for 4 years in succession now.