While Oxford University Press have such an outstanding record that Henley Town’s 4-1 defeat last week against the Oxfordshire Senior League side was not so disastrous as might appear at first glance, the fact that the Red Kites have now lost five games in a row is more of a cause for concern. Thus their home league fixture against Didcot Town Reserves on Saturday takes on additional significance. Henley currently occupy fifth position in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 (East) table with Didcot one place behind them. Supporters should note that the kick-off is at the unusual time of 1.30 p.m.
There have been plenty of times over the years in which the Henley senior side have opposed both Didcot’s first team and reserves, while there was even one season, 1929-30, in which Didcot’s first string were in the same division as Henley’s second. The Red Kites have the superior record in meetings between their first team and Didcot’s reserves, winning nine and drawing two of 16 games.
Didcot Reserves have seldom set the Thames on fire in the Hellenic League, but it is in the nature of reserve teams to field frequently changed sides, making their results difficult to predict. Last season, they finished twelfth, six places behind Henley, yet took four points from their two meetings.
Manager Craig Sumner has been busy trying to patch up the Town’s depleted ranks. Of those recently bought into the side, Ryan Tye was transferred from Holyport and Jordan Goddard from Woodley United.
Having recently held league leaders Wembley Youth to a creditable 2-0 in a cup-tie, Henley’s youth side were disappointed at going down 7-0 when making the same journey again in a contest for league points. Next Wednesday, the youths entertain Chalfint St Peter in a league fixture, kick-off 7.45 p.m.
Henley Town Sunday got off to a good start against league leaders Mortimer on the Invesco Perpetual Triangle, Craig Sinclair giving them an early lead. The interval score was 1-1, but, when two injuries disorganised Henley, the visitors got well on top, scoring five times in the second half before Sam Bell reduced the arrears in the closing stages. The Sunday team also have a home match in the league this week. Charvil Rangers are their visitors for a 10.30 a.m. kick-off.