SIL review: Cops stun high-flying Haughley, Henley’s late strike saves point
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Review of the Saturday action in the SIL Senior Division
Haughley 1 Cops 4
Second placed Haughley were stunned by a top-class performance by Coplestonians and had keeper Daley Young to thank for ensuring the result was not more emphatic.
Young made two fine early saves from Josh Smith and Tom Fowler whilst the home side looked dangerous on the break with Reece Golding just unable to convert a cross from Lee Andrews.
A good run by Seth Duzgun was halted by the on rushing Young while James Sadler headed clear a Jack Richardson cross.
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Young saved well from Yani Duka but a good spell of pressure by Cops was rewarded when Duka set up Jordan Godbold to score at the far post.
Great defending by Lewis Owen denied Jamie Smith as Haughley responded and Matt Percy fired over the Cops bar.
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After the break the home side equalised when a shot from Richardson hit the bar and the unfortunate Sadler scored an own goal under pressure whilst trying to clear.
It was Cops, however, who continued to impress through Joe Francis, Duzgun and Lee Wilcox.
Young saved again at full-length from Godbold before Cops pressure paid dividends when Tom West diverted Duka's cross into his own net.
Golding has his shot blocked for the home side but a good move involving Josh Smith and Wilcox saw Godbold on hand to notch his second. Charlie King then set up Harry Cole to fire home to give the visitors the three points.
Haughley 1 Bourne Vale 1
Henley couldn't unpick the well organised, committed Bourne Vale defence and despite dominating for long periods, in the end needing a late equaliser for a 1-1 draw.
Henley started well, their passing flowing, whilst the visitors defending in numbers and pressuring the ball well.
Despite the Henley pressure it was Vale who took the lead after 22 minutes, Henley failing to deal with a corner, the ball finding it's way to Webb who rifled home.
Somehow Vale survived an onslaught on 35 minutes, Walden saving Davison's shot, Cowan hit the rebound, but Vale put their bodies on the line to keep it out, the ball deflected to Bull who crashed his effort off the bar.
The second half was a constant assault on the Vale goal, Henley throwing everything at the visitors in search of the equaliser. How the ball stayed out after 15 minutes is a mystery, in one 30 second period the massed ranks of the brave Vale defence blocked efforts from Bruce, Bull, Sheppard, Caraccio and Golding, astonishing defending from the visitors.
Henley's pressure finally saw the equaliser they so deserved after 80 minutes, Bull beating the defence on the edge of the box before firing a superb low drive into the bottom corner for 1-1. Try as they might Henley couldn't find the winner, Walden diving to save from Caraccio and beating away a drive from Bruce to maintain the score line.
Westerfield 0 Capel Plough 2
This was no classic, but Capel certainly deserved the points, as Westerfield's search for their first league win of the season continues.
Early on, Brittain palmed a cross out to the feet of Capel's Reddington who fired wide when well placed.
Barrett fired in from a free kick on the edge of the area to give Capel the lead and Bell blazed over for Westerfield and then Owens' shot was cleared off the line by Middlebrook as the half ended.
Brittain saved from Buckles but Barrow scored for Capel when he stabbed in from close range following a corner.
Stephens' curling effort was well saved by Tynan in the visiting goal as a lack lustre and uninspiring game came to a close.