Elite live up to their name as Puyol celebrate a convincing title win

Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues side Hello Boss
Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues side Hello Boss

There was another round of captivating five-a-side fixtures in the Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues on Sunday.

Hemel Elite faced old rivals Fat Dads and their intentions to win were clear from the outset.

Elite stormed ahead and earned a comfortable 5-1 lead at the half-time break.

The Dads struggled defensively early on although they did find some form in the second half and started to make their comeback – putting Elite player/manager Chris Wyatt to the test on several occasions between the posts.

Unfortunately for them it was too little too late and a fantastic display from man of the match Steve Bull, who scored four of Elite’s goals, ensured his team took the points.

A close encounter between Chicken Kiev and The Fellowship was always on the cards, and so it proved to be with never more than two goals between the sides.

Pete Nightingale netted an impressive five on the night for The Fellowship who remained in front at the final whistle to clinch an 8-7 win.

Kiev were unlucky not to take anything from the match as, despite two key players missing, they played very well as a unit.

Norfolk & Chance established a six-goal cushion for themselves in the first half of their match against under resourced Butterflies FC.

With clear direction from captain Andy Turner, Norfolk looked convincing going forward and a fine display from man of the match Scott Cowham ensured his team ran out winners.

A spectacularly rare goal directly from a corner by Butterflies front man Przemek Jablonski inspired his team-mates but the deficit was just too great to recover and Norfolk celebrated the 9-4 win.

Championship leaders Fred West Ham faced Gremio this week as they looked to retain their 100 per cent league record.

Steve Burke played brilliantly, contributing all over the pitch and working hard to secure the points for his team who won 10-5.

The Fred West boys finish the season four points clear at the top and will shortly be crowned as champions.

Shaun Stevens, who initially played out field for Nice To Michu in their match against The Fellowship, proved his goalkeeping ability in the second half and earned himself the man of the match accolade.

Nice To Michu had a one goal advantage at the half-time whistle, but a slightly fatigued Fellowship side struggled to come back in the second half and had to accept a 12-9 defeat.

Have You Got It were keen to bounce back from their unexpected loss last week and they did it in style, beating Butterflies FC 12-6.

Przemek Jablonski scored from a corner for the second time on the night, although there was little else to report from the Butterflies strike force and Have You Got It capitalised on this, with captain and forward Asa Foster proving unstoppable in front of goal.

Craig King showed off an excellent array of skills for Puyol Pants Down as they proved too good for fellow Premiership side Hemel Elite – who had already gained a crucial win in the league earlier in the night.

Puyol Pants Down complete the season an impressive five points clear of their nearest rivals and look forward to the forthcoming trophy presentation, led by their team captain Dan Devine.

Hello Boss, possibly the most charismatic team in the Championship, maintained high spirits and a dignified display as they were beaten by divisional runners up, AEK Hemel.

Man of the match Gary Whelan showed agility and perseverance in goal for Hello Boss while Casey Linsell’s somewhat unusual headed goal in to the top right hand corner of the net was undoubtedly the highlight of the match.

The new season starts on Sunday. Anybody interested in joining the league as a team or an individual player should call regional manager Gary Connell on 07983 225566.