Sunday evening sunshine provided a sizzling summer atmosphere for this week’s Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues 5-a-side fixtures.
The Fellowship flew in to a 4-1 half-time lead against uncharacteristically fatigued Fat Dads.
Skipper Ian McConnell offered some choice words to his players during the break and, initially at least, they seemed to have the desired effect.
Nevertheless, goal attacks from The Fellowship were relentless and they included several aerial battles as the ball was played directly up the field.
Man of the match Pete Nightingale added five goals to his season’s tally and enabled his team to stretch their lead against the Dads, who will look to rectify some defensive issues ahead of next week.
Fred West Ham faced Chicken Kiev in a very tactical encounter at Vauxhall Road.
Kiev were back to full strength with a return appearance for captain Jake Spencer, who would have been pleased with his side as they led 1-0 at half-time.
While Kiev continued to pressure in the second half, an outstanding goalkeeping display from Fred West’s loan signing Craig Sowle prevented the former Premiership champions from taking a two-goal lead.
This proved to be a crucial event in the match as Fred West Ham levelled shortly afterwards and then went on to clinch the winner.
Credit must be given to experienced Kiev keeper Paul Paprotny who, despite conceding two, at times seemed invincible between the posts.
Zie Germans were pitted against Norfolk & Chance this week, who also welcomed back their captain Andy Turner.
Norfolk did look sharp on the attack but they were simply outplayed by Zie Germans.
Man of the match James Farrell was a joy to watch with his slick passing moves and ingenious skilful touches.
His skipper, Dennis Fenemore, provided several assists and also featured on the scoresheet as he lead his team to a 15-6 victory.
Puyol Pants Down won by the same scoreline as they made it four wins from four games, in their match against recently promoted AEK Hemel.
Man of the match Scott Bullock made several impressive saves in a stint as goalkeeper before playing outfield and scoring Puyol’s 11th goal from a seemingly impossible angle.
Hello Boss missed the direction and enthusiasm from their player/manager Dave Amos on Sunday as they faced tough opponents, Zie Germans - in their second game.
He would have been proud of striker Ayden Peacock whose work rate was outstanding throughout, as well as a valiant display from goal keeper Anthony Whelan.
Exeter Gently seem to be adjusting well to small sided football as they gave Hemel Elite a tough game this week. Although Elite took a one-goal advantage into the second half, a storming performance from Rob Woods, who netted four on the night, gave Exeter hope of their first win of the season. Unfortunately for him, his opposing striker Adam Hill, managed a hat-trick and this kept Elite in the lead.
A frantic final few minutes witnessed both teams counter attack in sight of the points, but it wasn’t to be as the whistle blew and the match finished level at a very fair 7-7.
Nice To Michu scored 10 in their encounter with Have You Got It. Man of the match and captain, Shaun Booth, showed several examples of brilliant skill – on one occasion he effortlessly took the ball around three opponents before going on to score.
Have You Got It welcomed back their captain and talisman Asa Foster who certainly made a difference on his return but could not quite overcome the lead Nice To Michu had developed.
If you’re interested in joining the league as a team or an individual player, call regional manager Gary Connell on 07983 225566.