Leisure Leagues round-up: Including a fourth straight victory for in-form Elite
There was a real goal bonanza in this week’s round of fixtures at Leisure Leagues Hemel Hempstead.
Hemel Elite made it four wins in succession on Sunday as they eased to victory over Ayden Peacock’s Smack My Pitch Up.
Despite the absence of Elite player/manager Chris Wyatt, the Elite were on form once again and they found themselves with a comfortable three-goal lead at the half-time whistle.
After the break, midfield dynamo Dave Jeffreys netted a scorching hat-trick which even included a spectacular half-volley from 20 yards out.
This put the match beyond the reach of Peacock’s men and even a sterling performance from former Elite man James Willoughby could not salvage his team a point.
Elite will want to maintain their record form as they encounter Championship leaders Slytherin FC next week.
Sam Sambucci’s Slytherin FC were unexpectedly beaten on Sunday by a very resilient Chicken Kiev side.
Slytherin had, up to Sunday’s game, celebrated maximum points from every match and were poised to be Hemel’s first invincible 5-a-side team - however, this season it wasn’t to be.
Kiev had a full squad at their disposal for the game and captain Jake Spencer tactically rotated his players to keep his team fresh.
It was Spencer who stood out on the night and he was awarded the man of the match accolade following two well taken goals.
With a 7-1 deficit at half-time, the match was effectively out of reach for Slytherin – who, despite welcoming back agile keeper Callum Mackie, did not perform defensively.
Nevertheless, Slytherin remain at the top of the table, four points clear of their nearest challengers.
In the Premiership, second placed The Fellowship looked back to their best as they took on Matt Armstrong’s Big P FC.
Player/manager Andy Jeffreys was the most influential player on the pitch, initially playing outfield before heading between the posts in the second half for a commendable stint in goal.
It was Jeffreys’ smart interlinking play that earned him the man of the match award, while it also served up a number of goal scoring opportunities for his team mates.
The 11-4 victory will give the Fellowship’s title hopes a massive boost.
Martin Gorman, Up Yours FC manager, had to carefully select three key players from his U21 squad on Sunday as he set his sights on a win over Asa Foster’s Have You Got It.
It was a close encounter and Gorman’s younger players are improving with every game.
Eventually, it was Foster’s side that forged a lead and this was mainly thanks to man of the match Jack Collier. Collier, who scored four on the night, netted his team’s eighth goal by firstly stretching to claim the ball before beating two defenders and skipping past the Up Yours goalkeeper to score with the outside of his right foot – a wonderful display of skill.
Have You Got It triumphed 8-5 and retain their second placed spot in the Championship.
Elsewhere, Marcin Maslowski’s Butterflies claimed another victory thanks to a great work rate from all of his team.
ATBL, managed by Charlie Bull, stormed in to a 6-3 lead in their game before going on to record a 7-4 win, incorporating a four goal tally from talented striker George Hoar.
Lech Albans striker Liam Stonebank went one further and netted five fantastic goals for his team as they flew to an 11-1 victory.
If you’re interested in joining this exciting league as a team or an individual player, simply call Gary the regional manager on 07983 225566.