AFC Henley Hawks came back from being one goal down at the end of the first half to win the match 2-1 against Pinewood Polecats.
Henley were the stronger team in the 1st quarter of the match, using the width of the pitch well and getting the ball up to attack quickly but just couldn’t put the ball in the net to give the team an early goal, despite numerous chances.
In the second quarter, Pinewood had a lot more of the ball and pinned the Henley Hawks back into the final 3rd of the pitch, where the goalkeeper Nathan Hendry made some fantastic interceptions and blocks to stop the Pinewood team from scoring. Henley were struggling to get the ball out of their half and the pressure finally paid off when Pinewood took the lead just before half time when Henley failed to clear a corner and it fell to a pinewood player outside the box who lofted it back in and over the Henley goalkeeper.
Despite being 1-0 down at half time the Hawks were still by far the stronger team and they made their dominance count in the 3rd quarter when it was their turn to pin Pinewood back into their half. With Millie Blumire superb in defence, allowing the Hawks to push up the field, time and time again the Hawks created chances but couldn’t put the ball in the net. Until a through pass inside the Pinewood half through to Leo Golledge allowed him to slot past the on rushing keeper and equalise for the Hawks.
With their tails up the Hawks went on looking for the winner and this duly came through the right boot of Nathan Hendry when a ball was cleared out of the box and Nathan followed up with a crisp right footed half volley past the goalkeeper from distance. 2-1 to the Hawks at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The 4th quarter followed a similar pattern to the rest of the match with the Hawks continuing to create chances, but Pinewood also were threatening more and more to breakaway and get an equaliser. Oscar Farr in Midfield made a string of last ditch tackles to ensure that the Hawks goal remained safe and the team managed to see out the rest of the game to record their first win since Christmas. A great all round performance from the team, but Man of the Match went to Oscar Farr, who despite his protestations, played a fantastic disciplined game in Centre Midfield ensuring that we weren’t caught out on the break. At this age, its not about the result, its about all of the players trying out different positions on the pitch and developing their game so great to see people like Oscar excelling when asked to play different positions.
Goalscorers for Henley:
Leo Golledge (1)
Nathan Hendry (1)