Another Fine Display by The Red Kites

Adam Jeffrey

Adam Jeffrey

Penn & Tylers Green 0 Henley Town 2

The Red Kites travelled away to Penn on Saturday for their second match of the new season. Three changes weremade from last weeks starting eleven and another two changes on the bench. Regular goalkeeper Steven Fairchild was on holiday and his place between the sticks was taken by the team’s combative midfielder Graham Sims. Sims played in goal for Town’s Youth team 10 years ago when Ian Alleyne was manager and went on the be the regular keeper at Reading Town and Marlow until a shoulder injury forced him to play as a midfielder about 3 years ago. It didn’t long for Sims to reignite his skills as a keeper and he was probably the man of the match.

Henley started slowly against the workmanlike home side with both defences giving little away. Danny Faherty replaced Sam Rolfe at left back after 25 minutes and Henley gradually started to take the initiative and took the lead 6 minutes before the break when Adam Jeffrey cut in from the right to fire past Penn keeper James Jackson with the help of a deflection from a Penn defender.

In the Second period the Red Kites were playing up the slope and had to withstand pressure from the home team but on the hour a good build up saw Adam Jeffrey score Henley’s second goal on the hour. Penn never gave up but with Sims, Warren Baxter, Eliot Whitehouse and Mitch Cooper defending resolutely Henley held on for a well deserved win.

Next week with Steven Fairchild back from holiday Henley Town’s management team of Craig Hiscock and Craig Sumner will have a headache choosing who to play in goal after Graham Sims fine display but it Town are going to push for promotion to the Premier Division competition for places is a good thing.

Team: G.Sims; J.Mew, W.Baxter, E.Whitehouse, S.Rolfe (D.Faherty 25 mins): A.Povey (L.Howell 80mins), M.Cooper, S.Moore, R.Absolm (B.Clark 46mins): G.Kemp, A.Jeffrey: Subs: D.Faherty; L.Howell, B.Clark

On Saturday 23rd August Henley entertain neighbours Wokingham & Emmbrook and are expecting a larger than usual crowd because the visitors have a large travelling support.