With something of a thaw taking place, Ligers make the long trip to Henley to resume their League action. Neither side has made a particularly auspicious start to 2019, but Hurricanes find themselves propping up League 4 after three defeats, including a seven-goal reverse at AFC Charvil. Both teams will therefore be looking for a first win in this Division.
AFC Henley run just one team at Under 13 level but Coach Tim Allen has a squad of 19 from which to choose. This can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a benefit, however. Hurricanes’ three defeats this term follow on from a very tough Autumn: their U13s were bottom of Div 2 by some distance, which probably says more about the vagaries of EBFA’s placement policy than it does about an abject loss of form. Tigers last played a Henley side (Hotspurs) in April 2016, losing 0-7.
Ligers will be hoping to benefit from a very good training session last weekend. Hayden appears to have returned from his extended Christmas break in poor health and is again missing. Rufus is taking the week off so deputising Coach Neil Sinclair has fifteen to choose from, as he finds himself on his own in the technical area for the first time this season. Joe Wallis and George Perez-Medina remain ever-present this season and George Lee will be looking to get his goal-scoring going again, having been stuck on 30 for most of the month. Nevertheless, George is still scoring at more than 2 a game, whilst Gabe Sinclair is scoring at 1.5 per game.
It looks like there will be a dearth of parents supporting the boys on Saturday but let’s hope it’s a good day out for those who make it.
See you on Saturday!