Hale Leys United completed another memorable season in fine style as they clinched a league and cup double for the second successive season after beating Old Bradwell United 4-0 in the South Midlands League Division Two Cup final.
Hale had previously never won this competition but they underlined their dominance this season with an emphatic victory over Bradwell in the final that was watched on by over 300 supporters at Tring Athletic’s Grass Roots Stadium.
Having already wrapped up the league title, Hale went into the game as strong favourites and they took control from the outset with their early pressure culminating in a goal for Mark Tattam, who scored from a free-kick after Daniel Parsons had been brought down.
United maintained their strong start and soon made it 2-0 through a smart finish from Sean Coles as he headed in off the post to give his side a comfortable advantage at the break.
Hale appeared to be cruising towards a second league and cup double in as many years but they had to withstand some Bradwell pressure in the early stages of the second half.
Bradwell enjoyed a period on top and kept their Aylesbury opponents under sustained pressure, however Hale weathered the storm and soon regained the initiative.
And it wasn’t long until they added a third through Parsons, who slotted home from close-range after outpacing the defence, before Jack Bowers lashed a shot from outside the box into the net, sealing another memorable evening for the local side.
Manager Paul Alleyne said afterwards: “We’ve been slightly inconsistent towards the end of the season so tonight could have gone either way, but I’m very happy with the result.
“The players stepped up and delivered when it counted most and I’m proud for me and my club as we haven’t won this cup before and given the way the players went about doing it, they truly deserved that win.
“Well done to all the players and a huge thank you to all that came and supported us on the night - we are very lucky to have such a committed following now. Thanks for a great season and we will see you all next year.”
Assistant manager Roni Joe added: “It was quality all-round from our players. They really dug deep and showed their class and fully deserved the win - they are a credit to the club and their town and it’s another big win for this unstoppable side!”
Hale chairman Roger Simmons also commented, adding: “I’m delighted with the result and again they have done the double, so a huge well done to everyone involved with the club, they’re a credit to the town.”