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U18 AFC Henley Hurricanes
A Barker (1'), C Oswald (21'), (70'), (75'), S Clark (22'), J Jones (55'), (85'), B Hudson (65')
U18 Finchampstead Colts 3 – 8 U18 AFC Henley Hurricanes

U18 Finchampstead Colts 3 – 8 U18 AFC Henley Hurricanes

By Matt Jones
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AFC Henley Hurricanes U18s continued their unbeaten start to their East Berks Alliance Division 2 campaign, overcoming Finchampstead Colts 8-3 away from home.

Henley were delighted to find a big wide pitch with an excellent surface on arrival, perfectly suited to their playing style. It didn't take long for them to take advantage. Winning the ball back immediately from the Finchamptead kick off Sam Clark swiftly split the Colts defence with an inch perfect pass to the returning Archie Barker who slotted the ball past the keeper with ease.

Henley continued to take the game to Finchampstead, with Barker, Jake Jones and Ben Hudson regularly testing the Colts defensive line. However, it was Finchampstead who netted next, the Colts strikers combining well after and finishing past stand in keeper Ethan Pearce. Henley continued to press forward with Ben going close from range, Alec Strickson nearly rewarded with a strong header from a Henley corner and Christian Oswald sliding the ball inches wide.

This profligacy in front of goal was punished as the Colts used the wind to their advantage when a free kick from the halfway line was lofted high into the Hurricanes eighteen yard box unchallenged allowing a neat finish from a Colts forward. Stung into action Henley surged back, Man of the Match Barker again causing all sorts of problems for the Colts defence; intelligently playing the ball back to Jones who crossed for Oswald to score with a brave diving header and then powering down the right wing to provide an inch perfect cross for Clark to burst onto scoring with a clinical one touch finish. The wind continued to cause problems for the Hurricanes defence and the Colts were back on terms on the half hour mark. It was another lofted free kick from the right which caught the wind and curled beyond Pearce's reach into the top left hand corner.

In the second half the Hurricanes looked a lot more strong and assured with a back line of Felix Butterworth, Strickson, Sonny Martin and Pearce in front of second half keeper Jem McAllister. This was epitomised by Martin who came from nowhere to clear a shot from his goal line after a Colts forward looked certain to score. Further forward Henley continued to attack with increasing fluidity and were rewarded on 54 minutes. McAllister picking out Barker who twisted and turned before pulling the ball back to Jones who finished calmly. From this point the Hurricanes rarely looked like losing and were provided clear light of day after Hudson started a move on the half way line to combine with Jones, Barker and Oswald before scoring with a low finish across the keeper from 15 yards.

The quartet continued to work well in tandem with Jones hitting the bar with a well struck free kick and Oswald bagging two further goals to chalk up a deserved hat-trick. Jones wrapped up the points scoring his second with his own lofted free kick into the wind which evaded everyone and found it's way into the Finchampstead net to finish off an entertaining game.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 28, Sep 2019



Meet time



Fixture – Away– League – U18 Finchampstead Colts v U18 AFC Henley Hurricanes
Date – Saturday 28th September 2019, KO 9:00am, Meet at 8:20am
Location – Finchampstead Sports Club, The Village, Finchampstead, Berkshire, RG40 4JU




U18 Div 2

League position