SIL preview: Henley Athletic v Sporting 87

Henley Athletic boss Jason Fulcher is hoping he can lead his unbeaten side to Senior football next season.

Henley currently sit top of SIL Division One and have maintained a 100% league record so far.

“It’s been a pretty dream season for us,” confessed Fulcher.

“We’ve played 11, won 11 in the league so what more could you ask for?”

As things stand, Henley are one of only three teams who hold a 100% record in the SIL.

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Only Adhara of Division Three and Barham Athletic of Division Four hold the same record and Fulcher has made no secret of what is behind the success.

“We’ve just got a really good group of young footballers who like to play football,” said Fulcher.

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“We like to play quick, one-touch passing football and have been terrific so far.”

You’d think that having won every single league game this season that Henley would be topping the table by a considerable distance.

However, that’s not the case. Bramford United and this weekend’s opponents Sporting 87 have held similarly impressive records and are breathing down the league-leaders’ necks with games in hand.

“It’s such a touch league to get out of,” said Fulcher, whose side missed out on promotion by one point last season.

“I’ve got experience playing in it and managing it and it’s very physically demanding.”

Not that Henley look to be struggling to adapt to the physicalities of the league this campaign.

“There’s still a long way to go but in the position we are in, of course the aim is to go up,” said Fulcher.

“I know it’s a step up but I think Senior football would suit us better.

“You seem to get a bit more time on the ball in the Senior whereas in Divisions One and Two you don’t get a rest.”

Fulcher appreciates there is a lot of work still to be done if Henley are able to achieve their aims, starting with a massive game this weekend against third-place Sporting 87, who are also unbeaten.

“Whenever I’ve come up against Sporting they’ve always been a good side,” said Fulcher.

“They always play in the right manner and I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing them as they’re unbeaten as well.”

Meanwhile, SIL Division Three side Great Blakenham have withdrawn from the league.

Only one team will now be relegated from the division.

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