Henley 4 - 3 Sonning U14 Boys
By Chris Roberts
What a game!!
This was a truly great game of hockey! The small boys squad that we have meant we had a bare 11 players with three of the girls having to step in with "Keith" "Lawrence" and "Larry" making up the numbers. Eddie stepped up and donned the goalie kit for what turned out to be a busy afternoon.
The game was end to end from the start with the Henley attacks being broken down by Liv and Charlie in the centre of the Sonning defence, passed out to Charlie at right mid and Toby upfront for some good counter attacking. Despite a few good Sonning chances, including two short corner routines the Men's 3's could learn from, Henley managed to shade an even first third with a couple of dribbly goals.
Nathan' running and Zach's passing in the centre of midfield came to the fore in the second third. Meanwhile Oli was "enjoying" his first taste of defence and Soli was working well on the left hand side feeding the ball to Katie and Laura who both had good games. Zach, Charlie, Toby & Nathan all had chances but an inspired performance by the Henley keeper meant Sonning only got one goal back.
It all kicked off in the final third, the spectators from both sides really getting into it on the sidelines. A fantastic finish in off the right hand post from Henley left Sonning looking dead and buried. However, Charlie O started finding some space down the right hand side again with some great skill and powerful crosses and Sonning getting two goals in quick succession to get the score level again. The excitement did get too much for us though and, in the attempts to get the winner, we left ourselves a little exposed at the back and Henley managed to sneak it at the death. Great game though!
Goals Toby 2, Zach 1 (I think)
Man of the match Soli & Toby (joint)
Coaches pick Charlie H - great defence