Sixy football helps Hale Leys to cup cruise over local rivals

Left back Marcus Hussey scored for   Photo: Charter Photography
Left back Marcus Hussey scored for Photo: Charter Photography

Hale Leys United are through to the quarter-finals of the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup after a 6-1 romp over their loftier local rivals

Risborough Rangers.

Both teams were at full strength but it was hosts Hale Leys who struck first. Roni Joe proving yet again he is still one of the most potent strikers around heading his side in front from Steven Garbutt’s superb cross.

It was 1-0 at the break with Paul Alleyne’s side firmly on top, but there was little clue what was to follow in the second half.

SML Division One side Risborough started to play and should have been level but for Sam Ward missing from close range.

That only served to spark Hale Leys into life, though, much to the chagrin of Bob Rayner’s Rangers.

And like Aylesbury’s answer to Man City, when Hale Leys are on song it usually means goals. First Daniel Parsons stuck home for 2-0 followed by a quality header from left back Marcus Hussey.

The shopping centre side were now flying and no-one more so than Tom Brindley.

The pacy forward ripped through Rangers time and again to smash a superb hat-trick and leave Risborough red-faced at 6-0.

There was some consolation for Rayner’s men, though, when Jamie Shrimpton fired home a penalty at the death

The result and performance had humble Alleyne purring: “Risborough are a good side and are managed by a very experienced manager.

“I asked my players to respect the opposition and give 100% effort for 90 minutes which I think they did in abundance.

“I don’t think there was much betwenn the two teams in the first half so I made some changes.

“Tom Brindley was unbelievable on the day, clinical and sharp, he completely changed the game.”

Despite the impressive win, Alleyne left his players in little doubt as to their priorities for the rest of the campaign.

“The draw is yet to be done for the quarter finals but more importantly we have a big game in the league away to New Bradwell this Saturday which I again want to see that 100% commitment as the league is the main focus this year,” he said.