Leisure Leagues round-up: Including a comfortable win for the title favourites
A scintillating round of Leisure Leagues fixtures were played out at Hemel FC on Sunday.
Slytherin FC made it four wins from four games as they eased to a 5-1 victory over joint title favourites, Up Yours FC.
Slytherin player/manager Sam Sambucci was on top form throughout the match and he fired home four goals in total.
Nevertheless, it was the Up Yours goalkeeper, Ollie Llelliott, who stole the show with a series of incredible quick reaction saves which should ensure he gains a starting place in Martin Gorman’s line-up next week. Llelliott was aptly awarded the man of the match award.
Old rivals Have You Got It and Hemel Elite battled it out in the earlier Championship fixture.
Have You Got It skipper Asa Foster led by example and was impressive on the ball from the outset.
He was clearly the difference between the sides and even with countless sublime saves from Elite player/manager Chris Wyatt, Foster seemed unstoppable. In the latter stages of the game, Foster’s side began to distance themselves further and the 10-5 scoreline was a fair reflection of both teams’ performances.
Chicken Kiev had a healthy sized squad at their disposal for their match with ATBL, who were without vocal captain Charlie Bull.
It was a close encounter and a game that produced a series of fast paced passing moves.
While Kiev did not have the experience or safe hands of goal keeper Paul Paprotny, those who attempted to cover him did a commendable job, particularly Neil Spencer who pulled off a fantastic double save on one occasion.
It was Kiev front man Lyndon Lakey who took the man of the match accolade for his outstanding effort and goals as Kiev celebrated an 8-6 victory.
The Oysterfarions started promisingly this week as they faced Ayden Peacock’s Smack My Pitch Up.
Billy Kinsella scored with a penalty kick midway through the first half and this certainly boosted his team’s confidence going forward.
Dean Hosey gave a tremendous effort outfield and was pleased to feature on the scoresheet following a cracking strike.
However, Peacock’s lads soon found their rhythm and they began wave after wave of attacks on the Oysterfarion’s goal. The pressure paid off and resulted in a 13-5 win.
Matt Armstrong’s Big P FC played their first game this week against Premiership title favourites AFC Lech Albans.
Josh Brown of Big P was an inspiration to his team as his work-rate never seemed to drop from start to finish, while team-mate Matt Keane managed to score two quality goals.
Nevertheless, Lech Albans looked unfazed by the new boys and an incredible individual effort from striker Max Evans earned him the man of the match award, following a ball on the back balance and drop from which he volleyed home a shot. Albans triumphed 13-4.
Elsewhere in the Premiership, Fury Girls hosted Kegs Down FC – who welcomed back captain Liam James following an extended holiday.
Fury Girls player/manager Adam Daniel stood out from the rest with some sublime passes and attempts on goal.
Despite his valiant efforts, his team were under resourced and this proved to be a factor in their 6-5 defeat.
The Fellowship flew into a 7-1 lead in their match with Fury Girls All Stars.
Fury Girls striker Dan Barnes had an excellent match and scored four on the night.
This wasn’t quite enough to claw anything back from the game although the late comeback did take The Fellowship by surprise as they seemed to lose focus defensively late on.
Vice-captain Pete Nightingale was awarded the man of the match accolade as he scored five fabulous goals, contributing more than his share in the 12-10 victory.
Anyone interested in joining the league as a team or an individual player should call regional manager Gary Connell on 07983 225566.