Hale hit rivals for six

Kevin Mealor. Picture by Charter Photography
Kevin Mealor. Picture by Charter Photography

Hale Leys United hold a massive 20-point lead going into Christmas at the top of South Midlands League Division Two having won all 17 games in the first half of the season.

On Saturday, United travelled to local rivals Aston Clinton and came away with a comfortable 6-1 victory.

Without manager Paul Alleyne, Hale recovered from a poor start to go ahead when Daniel Parsons was fouled and Tom Brindley slotted home the resulting penalty.

That was swiftly followed by a second as Kevin Mealor rounded Aston keeper Edward Farmer and tapped in before a lapse in concentration allowed the hosts to pull one back on the stroke of half-time.

Nonetheless, Hale came out a different side in the second half and Nathan Graham soon restored their two-goal cushion with a header from Mealor’s cross before Mealor himself was on hand to net his second and Hale’s fourth following good link-up play with Brindley and Parsons.

United were now enjoying themselves and ran in further goals to cement victory with assistant manager Roni Joe heading in before Parsons sealed an emphatic win.

Joe said afterwards: “The first half was poor and the team took a long time to warm-up, but on the plus side, we turned up for the second half and scored some great goals and showed that we can recover from flat spells in games.

“On the whole, I am thrilled with the win as derby days are the best especially if you win.

“Aston is always a difficult place to visit but we got the points and that’s what counts.”

Hale travel to Grendon Rangers this weekend.