Henley stay on course for title after big Grundisburgh win

Henley joint-boss Sean Brown

Henley joint-boss Sean Brown - Credit: Gregg Brown

Henley Athletic’s relentless march to the SIL Senior Division title continued with a 16th straight win, over a depleted second-bottom Grundisburgh on Saturday.

Henley, joint-managed by Sean Brown and Chris Rogers, dominated, winning 4-0, but Grundisburgh battled hard and frustrated the visitors until the opening goal.

Athletic opened the scoring after 51 minutes, Sam Benhamnia cut in from the right and after his shot was spilled, the prolific Clarke Bruce tapped home from six yards out for his 27th goal of the season.

The lead was doubled in the 63rd minute when Tom Trevivian’s driven cross was palmed out and Byron Tejano fired home.

Seven minutes later, Chris Williams, running away from goal, hit a stunning shot high past Jamie Lloyd into the top corner.

The final goal came when substitute Tom Jackson’s cross from the right was headed down at the far post by Mark Storey, and Ross White converted in the 78th minute.

Late on, Danny George’s shot crashed against the post, and at the other end, Ash Davis pulled the ball back from the byline and substitute Craig Webb Heath shot straight at Kevin Holland from close range.

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Elsewhere in the division, a rip-roaring encounter saw bottom side Ipswich Athletic draw 4-4 with Felixstowe Harpers United.

Under new manager Mark Peck, Athletic were 3-0 down to Peter Gorham’s Harpers, but rallied brilliantly to gain a point, and could have stolen all three points with a late onslaught.

The remaining fixture in the division saw East Bergholt United defeat Ransomes Sports 3-1 in a mid-table clash.

In Division One, there were some telling results as leaders Claydon were 1-0 winners over Trimley Red Devils, while third-placed AFC Hoxne lost at AFC Kesgrave, 3-2.

The game of the day saw Sporting ‘87 and Benhall St Mary meet, and it was the home side who ended up winning 2-1.

Claydon are top with 42 points, while Sporting are second with 40 points. AFC Hoxne are third with 38 points, and Benhall are fourth with 35 points. Sporting and Benhall have a game in hand on their rivals.

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