Hale Leys United’s season just keeps getting better after they toasted scooping the SML team of the month award with another win on Saturday.
It is often said that monthly awards, be it for managers, players or teams are something of a curse and somehow condemn you to lose the next game.
Not at Hale Leys, though. Under boss Paul Alleyne, himself prolific at a local level as a player, the club has started the season on fire, beating allcomers to maintain an impressive 100% start in all competitions.
It would have been easy for the Hale Leys squad, which is made up of some of the best talent in the town, to perhaps take their eyes off the ball and start the celebrations early when South Midlands League representative John Thompson handed Alleyne and club co-ordinator John Watson the award before Saturday’s game.
But despite conceding their first goals of the season, the side was focused on another three points.
And it was handed to them thanks to a masterclass from four-goal star man Alex Woodfine and his notorious left foot.
Woodfine bagged his first, a tap-in, on 16 minutes. But Brimsdown, who were brimming with young talent, made things interesting by levelling before the break. Woodfine was on hand to smash home a left footed strike to make it 2-1 just minutes into the second half but were again caught on the counter as Brimsdown made it 2-2 with 25 minutes on the clock.
When Hale Leys need inspiration, invariably captain Daniel Parsons provides it, and this game was no different as he took the bull by the horns to draw the visiting keeper and win a penalty. Woodfine converted for his hat-trick to make it 3-2 and he struck again from distance to seal the win.
Boss Alleyne was delighted with the accolade, the unbeaten start and of course Woodfine’s performance but was ever the perfectionist.
“To start the day off on a high receiving the team of the month award and finishing it on a high by taking all three points I am pleased,” he said.
“But we conceded our first goals of the season which is a wake up call that we still need to work harder especially next week as we have higher opposition. I’m proud of Alex Woodfine this week for his goals and he showed great effort for the full 90 minutes.”
Hale leys entertain Welwyn Garden City in the Challenge Trophy on Saturday (3pm).