Top of table SIL clash marred by ‘appalling’ racist abuse
PUBLISHED: 15:15 05 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:42 05 January 2020
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The top-of-the-table SIL Senior Division clash between Crane Sports and Henley Athletic was marred by “appalling use of racist language” from an Athletic supporter towards a Cranes player.
The match finished 1-1, Matt Oxborrow scoring for defending champions and table-toppers Cranes, before Ross White netted for Athletic to grab a point in the 87th minute.
However, the game will be remembered for the racist incident. In a statement on Twitter, Henley said: "Today's game at Crane Sports was spoilt by an appalling use of racist language to a Cranes player by a Henley supporter.
"Within a minute of the incident he was dismissed from the ground by a Henley official. We abhor this behaviour and have immeadiately issued him with a ban.
"Sincere apologies have been given to the player, his family and to Crane Sports. We welcome the chance to assist Suffolk FA and the SIL with their inevitable enquiry.
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"Again, as a club we deplore this behaviour and it will never be accepted at Henley."
Elsewhere, third-placed Haughley United romped to a 6-1 win over Westerfield United.
Jamie Smith bagged a hat-trick, with Matt Percy, Steve Vincent and Stuart Jopling grabbed the goals for Haughley, while Jordan Mussington got the consolation for Westerfield.
Coplestonians, in sixth spot, also had a big win, seeing off Old Newton United 5-2. Yani Duka gave Cops the lead on 19 minutes, before Old Newton scored twice quickly after the break through Shaun Thorrold and Matthew Hayden.
Duka scored again to make it 2-2, before completing his hat-trick from the spot. Lee Wilcox and Dave King completed the scoring.
Finally Achilles and Capel Plough fought out an eight-goal thriller, the Ploughmen prevailing 5-3 on the road.
Darren Van Oene grabbed a brace for the home side, with Sean Hanley also netting. Rhys Barrow and Gary Collins both got two for Capel, with Josh Buckles adding the other strike.