Slick West Hampstead hit nine to win double-header

WEST Hampstead scored nine times and won both games of their league and cup double-header at the weekend, beating Ramgarhia 4-1 in the league on Saturday and Old Williamsonians 5-1 in the cup the next day.

The league victory cemented WH’s grip on the Middx, Berks, Bucks and Oxon League table and Jamie Dru’s men now top the table with 12 points, having won each of their four league games.

WH have been scoring at will this campaign – the nine-goal haul has lifted their tally to 28 goals from just five games in all competitions.

But, despite the unbeaten start, player-coach Jack Beard is expecting plenty of bruising encounters this campaign.

“It was a bit of a fight throughout against Ramgarhia which I expect we will get a lot of this season,” Beard said. “It wasn’t necessarily our best display but we battled well to win. I don’t think it is beyond us to get results like this week in and week out.

“It was quite a difficult game and for much of the first half we were playing into their hands as they were using a counter-attacking style. They were relying on us coming forward and catching us on the break.”

Roger de Roy opened the scoring in the 10th minute at Brent Cross and WH doubled their lead when Beard scored with a deflection, only for the visitors to immediately reply with a goal from open play.

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WH goalkeeper Finn Bell did well to keep the visitors at bay throughout the second half as Ramgarhia continually tried to catch the home side on the break. WH were further hampered when they were reduced to 10 men when Dru was yellow-carded and taken off the field for seven minutes.

However, the home side maintained their composure and their direct style of play paid off when de Roy got his brace from open play and Sam Lemmon scored their fourth.

WH quickly gained the upper hand in Sunday’s cup game at Old Williamsonians when Tom Bullock bagged a brace and Mark Little got another to give them a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time.

The visitors kept their foot on the gas and had extended their lead to 5-0 after goals by Tom Kimberley and Beard, before Old Williamsonians bagged a late consolation goal.

WH are away to Wallingford on Saturday.