Henley 3 Marlow 1
Henley Ladies played their rearranged league fixture against Marlow last night, with one eye firmly on the National Trophy Final in Nottingham in two weeks time. A draw or win against Marlow would see Henley finish in the top half of South Division 2, the highest they had ever achieved in their history.
The game started at a high pace and Henley managed a number of good attacks. Good inter play between Georgie Metcalfe and Cleo Lyn cut the Marlow defence to pieces and Henley were unlucky not to go into the lead. Ten minutes into the half however, a misplaced pass saw Marlow counter attack quickly and they forced a short corner. The corner was converted with a resounding strike beating Sam Smith low in the bottom right corner, and Henley were 1-0 down.
The team didn’t panic though and continued to send wave after wave of attack at the Marlow defence. One of these attacks paid off and ten minutes after being behind a lovely run and cool finish from Kiera Halloran drew Henley level.
Five minutes later another attack down Henley’s right hand side saw a ball played into Jenny Buckham at the top of the circle and she found Esme Walker with a disguised pass, leaving the forward to job of putting the ball in the back of the net. Walker finished in style to put Henley 2-1 up at the break.
The second half carried on in a similar fashion and Halloran had another two chances to score before finally bagging her second of the match. Although Henley then had to absorb pressure from the visiting team, the result never looked in doubt and they came away 3-1 winners.
The final match of the season for the girls is the National Trophy Final in Nottingham on 27th April, where Henley will take on local rivals Sonning. An excellent season all in all.