Hale come from behind to maintain perfect record

Hale Leys United started the weekend unbeaten but faced one of only three sides in SSML Division Two to hold the same claim as they travelled to Pitstone & Ivinghoe United on Saturday.

Hale began well but some sloppy defending put them on the back foot as Pitstone drew first blood to rattle their visitors.

United responded by bombarding the Pitstone defence for the next 20 minutes and eventually the barrage resulted in the equaliser when Daniel Parsons won a penalty which was calmly dispatched by Kevin Mealor.

Leys continued to press forward and create a string of chances as they were repeatedly thwarted by the home goalkeeper, however a second goal was inevitable and arrived through Sean Coles as Hale took a slender lead into half-time.

Pitstone came out fighting in the second half and Ashley Jenkins was forced into a number of saves to keep his side ahead, but the visitors then extended their lead through Coles’ second of the day after Niall Williams had fired over.

Hale drove forward in search of more goals with Alex Woodfine making it 4-1 while Parsons and Nathan Graham both went close but they were unable to add to their lead as Leys maintained their perfect start to the season.

Hale are top of the table, three points ahead of Kent who have also won every game this year.

Manager Paul Alleyne said afterwards: “It was a difficult game today and we made it very difficult to play our football and even worse when Pitstone went ahead.

“Again we dug deep and got the result but it wasn’t one of our better performances and I will be assessing some players this week as they need to up their game.

“On the plus side, we kept out 100 per cent record and have now won seven from seven.

“Sean Coles was my man of the match - he was tremendous today and deserves all the credit he gets.

“Thank you to all who travelled to support us at the game, it was great to see you all.

“Next week we go into the Berks & Bucks County Cup round one versus Long Crendon and I believe we have a good chance of winning the competition again.

“However, it’s important to remember you play a wide variety of teams across the county who will always be looking to step their game up to beat you so it’s important to raise our levels and maintain our standard of football, no matter who we face.

“This will be a good test for my side and I hope they deliver on the day.”

Hale welcome Long Crendon to Fairford Leys on Saturday.