Champions Puyol make a winning start in defence of their title

Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues side Puyol Pants Down
Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues side Puyol Pants Down

The Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues champions were crowned last week – and they have made a flying start to the new campaign.

Puyol Pants Down celebrated an enviable 24 points from a possible 28 to take the title, and they were once again on winning form in their contest with Fat Dads in the second week of the new season.

With Ryan Clancy and Craig King both netting hat-tricks for the champions, there was no shortage of goals in the game.

In fact, their opponents were also dangerous on the attack and James Lasbrey scored a hat-trick of his own. Despite numerous spectacular saves from loan signing and man of the match Szabi Tapaszto, the Dads were forced to accept defeat, after a valiant display from all players.

The Fellowship were in action against old rivals Hemel Elite this week, who wore their pristine white away kit in a sporting gesture to their red top rivals.

As expected, the match was a closely fought throughout and there was little to separate the sides at half-time; The Fellowship boasting a narrow one goal advantage.

Elite player/manager Chris Wyatt was pivotal for his side as he saved countless efforts on target from Pete Nightingale and Fellowship player/manager Andy Jeffreys.

It was Jeffreys who proved the difference between the teams as he scored two on the night, including the all-important winning goal.

Meanwhile, Chicken Kiev led by four goals to one at half-time this week, in their tie with improving Exeter Gently.

A hat-trick from Rupert Dan and a sweet strike from Mark Purcell helped Exeter fight back in the game, but this was only to be cancelled out by two Kiev goals from John Durcan, as well as the goal of the night from fellow striker Joe Boggins. Kiev took the points, winning 7-4.

Elsewhere, Nice To Michu were in action against experienced outfit Butterflies FC this week.

Danny Roberts was once again on form for Nice To Michu; he played some excellent football and scored most of the goals for his team.

Butterflies continued to press their opponents’ defence but they could not overcome the goals already conceded and Nice To Michu celebrated the 12-9 victory.

Hello Boss continue to entertain in the league and this week was no exception, as they managed to fire home four goals in their match against Norfolk & Chance.

Unfortunately for them, man of the match James Kirby played superbly for Norfolk; his clever skills, acute passes and endless energy enabled his team to take the advantage. The match finished 10-4 in Norfolk’s favour.

Last season’s Championship winners, Fred West Ham, played past runners-up and newly promoted AEK Hemel. The match was more one-sided than anticipated as Fred West were clearly fatigued and they found it hard to gain any momentum in the game.

AJ Boyer converted two for AEK, as did man of the match and team captain, Jack Evans. Fred West will look to address the 4-1 defeat next week as they face Fat Dads.

Have You Got It played Exeter Gently in a very closely contested points match this week.

Asa Foster was reliably accurate in front of goal, scoring several himself, as well as assisting his team-mates.

The match finished 7-7 and was a very fair reflection of both teams’ performances. Exeter will want to build on this and should take a number of positives into their tie next week with The Fellowship.

If you’re interested in joining the league as a team or an individual player, call regional manager Gary Connell on 07983 225566.