Hale Leys United got a ‘wake-up call’ after a 6-2 Challenge Trophy mauling at the hands of Welwyn Garden City brought an abrupt halt to their fine winning start to the season.
Boss Paul Alleyne had led his side to the SML Team of the Month award off the back of six straight wins in all competitions. But they were hit for six on Saturday by a side who are higher up the football pyramid.
Alleyne said their performance lacked passion and enthusiasm. “We were flat from the first whistle it was a wake-up call we need to raise our game.”
Leys found themselves 3-0 down at half-time but managed to get one back when Jason Castello struck from close range. That only seemed to spark Welwyn into another gear, though, and the visitors scored another two to make it 5-1. Riccardo Whittle restored some respectability to the scoreline with another consolation but the visitors were not finished and acored again to complete the rout. Hale Leys are at Bierton Wanderers in the Berks and Bucks Cup second round on Saturday.