Henley U12 Hotspurs hosted Eversley & California Saints in an entertaining 2-2 draw at a blustery Jubilee Park last Saturday.
Eversley started strongly and had the first opportunity, with a shot hitting the post, with Henley Goalkeeper Ben Palmer bravely diving to catch the rebound before the visiting striker could score from the rebound. However its was Henley who took the lead with a Taro Finch corner causing a goalmouth scramble eventually going in from a Saints Defender for an own goal. Henley had the most of the possession in the rest of the first half with Max Cranstoun coming close a couple of times with shots forcing good saves from the visiting keeper, and Jake Williams latching onto a well timed through ball from Freddie Formon only for the strong wind to carry his shot just past the post.
Into the second half Henley were now playing into wind, Eversley pushed forward on the attack but were unable to breach the solid defence of Henley defenders Harry Wildgoose and Freddie Piasecki. The Visitors equalised from a Henley goal kick which was intercepted by a Saints forward who slotted the ball home. Henley responded with Man-of-the-match Stanley Massie dominating the midfield dribbling the ball past two of the visitors players before slotting the ball through to Dexter Harris who forced a good save from the visiting keeper. The increased Henley pressured eventually paid off with Hotspurs retaking the lead from a Taro Finch free kick played through to Tom Francis on the left wing who used his pace to beat the Eversley defender to the ball then clinically volleying low past the keeper to score with the ball going in off the right-hand upright. Into the last ten minutes of the game Eversley began to push for the equaliser, which eventually came from a corner which reached their striker who scored with powerful volley.
Despite both teams having further chances the score remained 2-2 at the final whistle.