Legend returns to haunt his former club in romp

Man of the match Alex Woodfine helped Hale Leys beat Aston Clinton 6-1
Man of the match Alex Woodfine helped Hale Leys beat Aston Clinton 6-1

Aston Clinton legend Paul Alleyne returned to haunt his former club as he led rivals Hale Leys to an emphatic 6-1 win in their local derby on Saturday.

There is no love lost between the two sides but a lot of love for Alleyne from the villagers, for whom he remains the record goalscorer.

Now in charge of shopping centre side Hale Leys, Alleyne took his men the short distance to Aston with a full complement of players and it showed.

It was the first time Alleyne had returned to his former club as a manager and it could not have gone better, although things did not start off too well.

Aston struck first to go 1-0 up inside 15 minutes.

But Alex Woodfine smashed home an equaliser before the aptly named Aston Goss made it 2-1 to Leys going in at the break.

Hale Leys continued to press forward at every opportunity in the second half and were aided by having the wind in their favour.

It wasn’t long before they took advantage as Woodfine struck again to make it 3-1 with a clever left footed effort.

This prompted Allyene to up the ante bringing on Tom Brindley who made an instant impact winning and scoring a penalty and shortly after scoring a tap-in from a Goss pass (5-1).

Hale Leys were now running riot and rubbed salt in the wound when Liam Williams completed the scoring to hit Aston Clinton for six.

Speaking after the game, Alleyne said his players had delivered in the derby.

“I was pleased with the performance we played our football and the boys delivered on the day.

“Alex Woodfine was the man of the match, it was a great display from him.”