Football: Strickland strike gives Berkeley Town rare win
7:01am Thursday 19th December 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
Gloucestershire County League
Henbury 0 Berkeley Town 1
BOTTOM club Berkeley Town picked up a rare win at Henbury.
The visitors certainly rode their luck and also defended really well when under pressure in the second half.
Henbury created enough chances to win the game but failed to make them count and it cost them dearly.
The visitors kicked with the wind in the first half and opened brightly creating a couple of early half chances.
The home side that should have scored on nine minutes, but Jack Mills failed to hit the target.
Just a couple of minutes later Ryan Innoles also missed a great chance to put his side ahead.
A good break in the 13th minute by Berkeley saw Tom Palmer give Sam Strickland a chance on goal and he did not disappoint as he drove a 20-yard shot past Cameron Tarr in the home goal.
The home side carved out another good scoring chance in the 19th minute but Innoles placed his shot wide of the far post.
After 24 minutes Adam Rosser had the best chance created by the home side as he broke free of the Berkeley defence but then directed his shot almost straight at the keeper Miles Palmer, who made a great save with his legs.
A free kick for Berkeley just outside the box taken by Tom Palmer went just wide of the far post.
A minute later Miles Palmer pulled off a great save to deny Henbury’s Mills.
Henbury started the second half with plenty of determination and were unlucky not to have scored when Mills was through on goal and tried to take the ball around Miles Palmer but fell to the ground and the referee waved play on.
Miles Palmer then saved a good shot from Mills and minutes later an Innoles shot went just wide.
A magnificent tackle by Rob Stringer in the 67th minute almost certainly prevented a goal for Rosser, who was very unlucky a few minutes later when an in-swinging corner from the left was missed by everyone but struck the inside of the upright.
Berkeley could have made sure of the three points in the 75th minute when Jack Bebbington brought down Sam Strickland for a penalty. However, Tom Palmer’s spot kick was misdirected and it hit the upright.
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