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Men's 4s - Match centre

Henley 4
Oxford 9
T Cima (12' , 16' , 45' ), S Taylor (50' , 57' ), M Watkins (48' ), P Biggs (38' ), R Wiseman (34' )
Full time
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - League

Comprehensive Victory by Men's 4s to win League

Graham White's unbroken run of 50 consecutive seasons for Henley; Simon Taylor cruelly substituted denying him the chance of a hat-trick.

With a comprehensive victory, Henley 4s ensured they finished the season as Champions of their league on Goal difference from Slough 3’s. Scoring an amazing 93 goals in 20 games and finishing with a +69 goal difference. With goal difference being the key factor key to Henley’s’ success was the amazing strike rate of 37 goals in 19 games scored by Tim Cima plus 5 in 2 games for the 3rd XI leaving him with a total of 42 in 21 games.

The game also marked an end of an era with Graham (Chalky) White playing his last competitive game for the club and marking 50 consecutive seasons of playing, a run he started as a 19 year old back in 1967.

Knowing that a good win was key so as not to open the door for rivals Slough, Henley set an aggressive pace from the off, with sustained pressure on the Oxford backline. The pressure duly delivered with Tim Cima picking off a poor 16 yard clearance and drove into the D slotting the ball past the stranded keeper, Oxford’s heads dropped and from this point forward there was only going to be one winner. Minutes later with good work from Andy Green, Tim Cima found himself again clear on goal and easily made it 2-0. Seconds before half-time Rupert Wiseman displayed great control as he drove from the half way line down the right wing and from an acute angle scored the 3rd.

The second half was all Henley with home 'keeper Bobby Boydell in his last game for the club a spectator, shielded by the Team’s player of the year Adam Warner as usual excelling as sweeper. Home goals came think and fast with the highlight being an D to D move involving Warner, Ed Newbold and James Lane who rolled the ball into Phil Biggs path to score a delightful goal. Tim Cima then scored from a short corner which was followed quickly by another converted Corner from Martyn Watkins showing fine control and accuracy with a well-placed far corner shot. With the clock ticking down there was still time for 2 opportunistic goals from Simon Taylor who was subsequently and somewhat controversially substituted shortly after thereby denying him of a hat trick.

A fantastic season from Henley, and a fitting finale as joint captains James Lane and Simon Ward step down to make way for younger men to fill their shoes. Next season will bring new challenges but with the core of the team still hungry for success and committed to a winning team it promises to be a challenging but exciting 2017-18 season.

Key moments

12:00
Goal Tim Cima scores for Henley 4
16:00
Goal Tim Cima scores for Henley 4
34:00
Goal Rupert Wiseman scores for Henley 4
38:00
Goal Philip Biggs scores for Henley 4
45:00
Goal Tim Cima scores for Henley 4
48:00
Goal Martyn Watkins scores for Henley 4
50:00
Goal Simon Taylor scores for Henley 4
57:00
Goal Simon Taylor scores for Henley 4

Highlights

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70:00 Player of the Match
Bobby Boydell is awarded player of the match for Henley 4
70:00 Player of the Match
Graham White is awarded player of the match for Henley 4
57:00 Goal 8 - 0
Simon Taylor scores for Henley 4
50:00 Goal 7 - 0
Simon Taylor scores for Henley 4
48:00 Goal 6 - 0
Martyn Watkins scores for Henley 4
45:00 Goal 5 - 0
Tim Cima scores for Henley 4
40:00 Sub On
Ewan Watkins is substituted on for Henley 4
38:00 Goal 4 - 0
Philip Biggs scores for Henley 4
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 3 - 0
Rupert Wiseman scores for Henley 4
16:00 Goal 2 - 0
Tim Cima scores for Henley 4
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tim Cima scores for Henley 4
10:00 Sub On
Andy Green is substituted on for Henley 4
10:00 Sub On
Ed Newbold is substituted on for Henley 4
10:00 Sub On
Alan Mortimer is substituted on for Henley 4
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As it happened

  • Henley 4
  • Oxford 9
  • 0
  • Andy Green Sub On 10:00'
  • Ed Newbold Sub On 10:00'
  • Alan Mortimer Sub On 10:00'
  • Tim Cima Goal 12:00'
  • Tim Cima Goal 16:00'
  • Rupert Wiseman Goal 34:00'
  • Philip Biggs Goal 38:00'
  • Ewan Watkins Sub On 40:00'
  • Tim Cima Goal 45:00'
  • Martyn Watkins Goal 48:00'
  • Simon Taylor Goal 50:00'
  • Simon Taylor Goal 57:00'
  • Bobby Boydell Player of the Match 70:00'
  • Graham White Player of the Match 70:00'

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