Chicken by name, but not by nature as reigning champs win again

Leisure Leagues side Cheeseham United were in action on Sunday
Leisure Leagues side Cheeseham United were in action on Sunday

It was an entertaining evening of football for the Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues 5-a-side teams as two new squads made their debuts.

Reigning league champions Chicken Kiev had a challenging encounter with Wanderers FC who were keen to earn themselves their first point of the season.

Wanderers battled well, but despite an impressive display from Archie McCelland, Kiev secured a 7-4 victory.

Newboys Fred West Ham looked cohesive from the outset in their tie against improving Mun City and bagged a 9-5 victory despite some outstanding saves from City man of the match Harry Croft.

Elsewhere, Jobseeker’s Allowance FC maintained their 100 per cent league record with a 9-4 win over tough opponents Norfolk & Chance.

Man of the match Sam Smith scored two crucial goals in the second half for Jobseekers to end any hopes of a Norfolk comeback.

Butterflies FC were also out to remain unbeaten and man of the match Slawomir Kawka scored twice in quick succession to earn his team a well deserved win over newcomers Cheeseham United.

Butterflies are now top of the Championship on goal difference.

The Premiership encounter between old rivals Hemel Elite and The Fellowship was expected to be a closely fought match, and so it proved.

It was tight throughout, with the scores level at 3-3 at the final whistle. Goalkeeper Chris Wyatt was pivotal for Elite, while John Coten’s performance stood out for The Fellowship.

Gremio, meanwhile, weren’t able to repeat their form shown against Elite last week as they lost out to AEK Hemel.

AEK produced several well-worked goals to open up a 6-3 lead at half-time and, despite a man of the match display from Gremio winger Michael Caetano, AEK eventually ran out 9-7 winners.

In another tight clash, both goalkeepers were kept busy in the Premiership tie between Puyol Pants Down and The Smeagles.

Man of the match Michael Chance was excellent for The Smeagles, while opposite number Scott Bullock prevented several last-minute shots from crossing the line to secure a narrow 5-4 win for Puyol, who sit at the top of the table on goal difference.

Finally, 2 Goals 1 Cup maintained their unbeaten run with new signing Harry Hartmell standing out in their match with The Jackson 5-a-side.

The game was competitive throughout and 2 Goals led 6-5 at the break.

They extended their lead with some impressive play to secure a 12-8 win which moves them up to second position in the table.

Anybody interested in joining the league as a team or an individual player should call regional manager call Gary Connell on 07983 225566