Woodfine hits five as relentless Hale power towards title

Alex Woodfine produced a five-star display against Willen. Picture by Charter Photography
Alex Woodfine produced a five-star display against Willen. Picture by Charter Photography
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Hale Leys United continued their relentless march towards the title by romping to an 11-0 victory over bottom of the table Willen on Saturday.

Without manager Paul Alleyne, assistant Roni Joe took charge and he made several changes with Unas Ilyas and Jack Bowers returning to the starting line-up and immediately Hale took charge with Alex Woodfine putting the home side into a 1-0 lead on just three minutes.

That set the tone for the day as a fabulous strike gave Woodfine and Hale a second goal before Ilyas and defender Callum Jenkins increased the lead to 4-0.

Marcus Hussey then added the the away side’s problems with a fifth goal before half-time.

Willen enjoyed a brief spell in the ascendency in the opening moments of the second half but Hale keeper Ashley Jenkins was on hand to keep them at bay.

A triple substitution then sparked another devastating spell from the hosts as Woodfine scored three further goals to take his tally to five and Hale’s to eight, and there was still time for Nathan Graham, Anthony Kew and Sean Coles to all find the net and pile more misery on the demoralised visitors.

Speaking afterwards, Joe said: “I knew once we got an early goal we could do some damage. The boys responded well to my instructions and the result says it all.

“I know that we have now scored an amazing 105 goals this year with six games still left to play. It is a huge achievement for the boys.

“I must also highlight and credit five-goal hero and Man of the Match Alex Woodfine. He was a different man this week and showed his class today.”

Joe is now hopeful his side can wrap up the title sooner rather than later with United 12 points clear of second-placed Kent with six games remaining.

He added: “We are hoping it will be decided in the next two games. Plus we have the added bonus of the top four teams having to play each other so it could happen even sooner if results go our way.”

Hale Leys have a break from action this weekend before returning to action on April 4 at home to Grendon Rangers. The game takes place at the Fairford Leys ground at 3pm.