It was an entertaining yet very wet evening of 5-a-side football at Hemel Hempstead Leisure Leagues on Sunday.
The Hemel-based Brazilians Gremio brought their native carnival spirit to the league as they celebrated an 11-4 victory over Norfolk & Chance.
New man Greg Killian proved a savvy signing by Gremio player/manager Joao Marcondes, as Killian performed brilliantly on his debut with several outstanding saves.
Hemel Elite, meanwhile, missed the direction usually provided by absent captain Chris Wyatt as they struggled against impressive league leaders 2 Goals 1 Cup, who led 6-1 at half-time.
Man of the match Sam Acors netted five goals and increased his team’s lead in the second half, contributing to a convincing 13-4 win.
The top of the table clash in the Championship saw the previously invincible AEK Hemel face second-placed Fred West Ham.
AEK Hemel were visibly under-strength and they would have benefited from the fresh legs that Fred West were able to introduce during the game.
Alex Jackson netted four superb goals for Fred West Ham, helping to edge them ever further in front of the league leaders, who eventually slipped to a 7-3 defeat to lose their previously perfect match record.
Another tough tie awaits the AEK lads next week as they face third-placed Jobseeker’s Allowance FC.
Jobseeker’s played the improving Cheeseham United on Sunday and they had to battle right to the end to secure a victory.
Four goals from talisman Ilias Bendefa, along with a hat-trick from Joe Horwood, ensured Jobseeker’s were always in front and they remained two goals ahead at the final whistle to win 8-6.
The Jackson 5-a-side were up against Premiership champions Chicken Kiev this week. It was a close encounter throughout and the scores were level at 3-3 at the half-time whistle.
A superb performance from man of the match Paul Paprotny in the Kiev goal prevented Jackson from converting numerous strikes, but he was unable to deny Joel Brookes from netting two crucial goals and inspiring his team to a 5-3 win.
Elsewhere, Puyol Pants Down won 9-6 in their encounter with The Fellowship.
Craig King scored some important goals for the former league leaders and secured another two points for his team.
Lucas Kucma, meanwhile, scored a record 15 goals in one game in Butterflies FC’s tie against Mun City.
City applied pressure early on but the Butterflies strike force was persistent and almost unstoppable as they marched ahead in the second half and established themselves in the record book once again with a 23-8 win.
Anyone interested in joining the league as a team or individual player should call regional manager Gary Connell on 07983 225566.