Hale Leys ease to 16th straight win

Marcus Hussey scores his second of the day for Hale against Clean Slate. Picture by Charter Photography
Marcus Hussey scores his second of the day for Hale against Clean Slate. Picture by Charter Photography

Hale Leys United eased to a 6-2 victory over Clean Slate to extend their perfect record this season to 16 matches in South Midlands League Division Two.

With Nathan Graham and Kevin Mealor returning to the team, Hale started well and opened the scoring through towering centre-back Marcus Hussey, who smashed home the loose ball.

Tom Brindley soon broke free to make it 2-0 before the home side struck back to cut the gap to just one at half-time.

Hussey restored United’s two-goal cushion with his second of the day shortly after the restart before Mealor scored one of his trademark free-kicks, Unas Ilyas netted a fifth and Graham rounded off the scoring with a superb curling effort from 20 yards.

The result means Hale Leys have now won all 16 games this season and sit 20 points clear at the top of SSML Division Two.

Despite his side’s immaculate record, manager Paul Alleyne was not totally satisfied with United’s performance against Clean Slate.

He said: “Honestly, I wasn’t happy with the overall performance because we looked sloppy at times. We did get the win and scored some quality goals but we need to improve in certain areas.

“Man of the Match was hard to call this week. It was between Marcus, who scored two, or the workhorse in midfield Anthony Kew, and this week Anthony edged it was he was involved in all the goals and worked hard for the full 90 minutes.

“Sixteen wins from 16 is impressive but we have to work harder if we are to retain this record because we have two tough fixtures in the next two weeks.

“This weekend we have a local derby away at Aston Clinton and we will need to raise our game and then we go to Grendon.”

Hale’s game against Aston kicks-off at 2pm on Saturday.