With yet more heavy rain and games being called off on Saturday morning, it was a pleasure to see the good job the team at Haughley had done to get the game on, we thank them for all their hard work.

Once again Henley started slowly, perhaps guilty of over complicating things and losing possession too often, not a good thing to do against a side like Haughley, who were clearly pumped for the game and eager to take advantage of any errors presented them. In fact Haughley were clearly the better side and had they found a finish or two, they may have taken the lead earlier than the 27th minute, as it was, a good diagonal ball was well finished by Warren at the back post to make it 1-0. They nearly added a second on 40 minutes clipping the top of the bar from the edge of the area, leaving the score 1-0 at HT.

Henley instantly looked better after the break, pinning Haughley back, Bruce coming close and Liam Ablitt hitting the post. The pressure told after 57 minutes, Storey forcing the ball home with a combination of head and shoulder from a Bruce corner for 1-1. The woodwork intervened again on 74 minutes, Bruce’s 25 yard free kick hitting the bar, Henley were frustrated again on 80 minutes, a somewhat dubious offside decision, stopping George Ablitt when clean through.

But, as is so often the case, this side never quits, their persistence finally rewarded in the 87th minute, a fine diagonal cross from George Ablitt, bisected the Haughley back line, Bruce rifling home on the half volley at the back post to give Henley a 1-2 win, with a finish of real class.

Plenty of credit to Haughley, whose play belied their current league position, they were committed and played some nice passing football, presenting a threat throughout the game.

As for Henley, this wasn’t a good performance by any means, but the lads dug deep, kept believing and forced the win, an attitude wholly epitomised by Gussy White who took the Ultra’s vote for MOTM.