Woodfine hits six as Hale close in on league title

Alex Woodfine nets one of his six goals against Grendon. Picture by Charter Photography
Alex Woodfine nets one of his six goals against Grendon. Picture by Charter Photography

Hale Leys United require just one more win to retain the South Midlands League Division Two title after putting nine past Grendon Rangers over the Easter weekend.

Hale have once again been relentless in their quest for another league title, winning 23 of their 25 games this season and scoring 114 goals in the process to lie 11 points clear of Kent Athletic.

Lowly Grendon Rangers were United’s latest victims despite the leaders being without midfielders Unas Ilyas, Mark Tattam and Riccardo Whittle as well as star men Daniel Parsons and Kevin Mealor, which meant a debut for new man Niall Williams.

Hale needed just three minutes to open the scoring as the prolific Alex Woodfine made an early breakthrough before he completed a first half-trick in a one-sided opening 45 minutes.

The second half followed much the same pattern as Leys totally dominated possession with Woodfine again leading the goalscoring charge with three further goals in a superb individual display.

Tom Brindley piled more agony on the sorry visitors with two goals in quick succession before new boy Niall Williams opened his account with Hale’s ninth and final goal of the day.

United now just need a draw against second-placed Kent this weekend to clinch the title.

Manager Paul Alleyne said afterwards: “Woodfine is in fine form and I’m pleased with the performance of the squad as we have made a few changes and I’m glad to see that this has not affected them at all.

“We now have a massive game against Kent Athletic this Saturday. We can win the league with a win or a draw so we will work hard in training this week to prepare.

“It was a great performance from the squad this week - I hope we keep up the momentum for this week’s game!”