A hat-trick from Taro Finch helped AFC Henley U12 Hotspurs come from behind twice to beat Binfield Cobras 4-2 at Jubilee park on Saturday. The two teams had met in the reverse fixture at Binfield a month ago when Henley had won 3-2 in a tight game so the visitors were looking for revenge. Prior to kick-off both teams observed a minute’s silence in respect of remembrance.
Once play was underway, Binfield started at a fast tempo and took a early lead, within a couple of minutes of the kick-off, after catching the Henley defence napping with a ricochet goal into the net at close range. Henley quickly regained their composure and responded 2 minutes later with Tom Francis on the left wing using a good turn of pace to get past the visitors defence before crossing the ball into a crowded Binfield penalty area where Taro Finch met it with a clean strike bringing the score to 1-1.
Both sides had chances to take the lead with George Khairallah having shots saved by the Binfield keeper and being denied by the woodwork after a sublime headed flick-on from Dexter Harris. Binfield began to increase the pressure at the other end but were unable to breach the solid defence of Freddie Piasecki and Sam Carter who made a number of well timed tackles, however eventually the pressure paid off with a goal-month scramble leading to a goal for the visitors. Just before the Half-time whistle, the Hotspurs managed to get an equaliser, in a well worked move, Max Cranstoun intercepted a Binfield pass, moving the ball to Tom Francis on the Henley Wing, who crossed to Striker Jake Williams finding the back of the net with a right footed volley.
In the second half it was Binfield who had the first opportunity, with the visitors striker getting past the Henley defence leaving only the keeper to beat, however Ben Palmer was quickly off his line, forcing the shot wide for a corner. The Home team then started to string together some good attacking moves with Jack Scanlon and Will O’hagan having lots of possession in the midfield which built up to Dexter Harris threading the ball to Taro Finch who scored his second goal, giving Henley the lead for the first time in the game. Binfield were still a threat, and had a number of chances, Freddie Formon in the Henley defence blocking a good strike from the visiting team. Hotspurs put the result beyond doubt when, following a scramble in the visitors penalty area with numerous shots being saved by the Binfield keeper, the ball fell to Man of the Match Taro Finch at the edge of the box who got his hat-trick with a fine right footed shot into the back of the net.