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Henry On Cloud Nine Following Oxford Heroics

5 October 2016

Will Henry was ecstatic after emerging as the hero during Town’s penalty shootout success over local rivals Oxford United on Tuesday evening.


The 18-year-old enjoyed a solid game against the Yellow’s, producing a string of smart stops to keep the visitors at bay.


However, his best work came after the 90 minutes as he produced superb stops to keep out three Oxford spot-kicks to help Town win 3-1 on penalties and take the extra point in the Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group C.


And a special night was made even more memorable for Henry who was able to celebrate the victory with his mum on the pitch just a day after her birthday.


“It was my mum’s birthday on Monday and she obviously got let on the pitch so I just had to go over,” he said.


“It was another night to save in the memory.


“I’m not trying to sound big-headed but I’ve got a knack for saving penalties, I had a good record of saving penalties going back to my youth days.


“Last night was just a great experience again for me.


“Oxford changed a few players and we didn’t really have much information on penalty takers so Dean (Thornton, Town’s Head of Goalkeeping) just told me to go with my instinct.


“The fact that it was against Oxford as well just makes it ten times better. They are our fiercest rivals so there is nothing better than beating them.


“I’m not Swindon born and bred but I know what it means to the fans and to the club so every time we play them we have to win - we can’t afford to lose to them.


“It was a great team performance again and the only thing that was missing was a goal, but other than that I thought it was a good performance.


“I had a couple of saves to make but that’s my job at the end of the day – I’ve got to keep the ball out of the net.”


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