West Hampstead are sublime in goal rampage
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WEST Hampstead scored 16 goals on the way to winning both games of their league double-header and they are now nine points clear of second-placed Slough who they beat on Saturday.
WH were always ahead in their top-of-the-table clash with second-placed Slough at Brent Cross, racing to a three-goal lead, before keeping their nerve to run out 6-2 winners.
Their dominance of the league continued the next day with the 10-1 demolition of Rover Oxford.
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The double win continues WH’s outstanding form; they have now won all of their 12 league games this season and player-coach Jack Beard believes his men are capable of winning all of their remaining games.
“It is certainly one of our aims to go through the season unbeaten,” Beard said.
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“Having played Slough twice and the rest of them once, the intention now is to win every game.
“I go into every game thinking that we can win it. These sort of victories and score lines don’t surprise me. Everyone has raised their game and level [of play].
“In every position we have very strong players. When each player plays to his ability everything clicks.”
Rogier de Roy opened the scoring against Slough when he rifled in the first of the three goals he scored at the weekend.
Slough proved difficult to break down for the first 15 minutes, but the floodgates opened when de Roy broke the deadlock, scoring after a breakdown from a short corner.
The Slough keeper had blocked the initial strike, but De Roy pounced on the rebound and thumped it into the net.
He turned provider five minutes later when after a well-worked move he found Ben Battcock on the back post who blasted the ball into the net.
The hosts looked as though they were going to run away with the contest when Ron Armstrong scored WH’s third in the 25th minute.
But Slough gave themselves a lifeline when they got a goal back after pouncing on a misguided pass from the homeside and blasting the ball into the net.
Battcock restored the three goal cushion in the 45th minute, only for Slough to hit straight back with a goal to leave it all to play for at 4-2.
But that was as good as it got for the visitors as Tom Kimberley replied with a well finished shot to increase the lead to 5-2.
Kimberley completed the scoring after Beard fed the ball to him inside the D, and he netted from five yards out.
The goal-fest continued at Rover Oxford the next day. Mark Little led the way with a hat-trick and Armstong and de Roy got a brace apiece. Chris Allfrey, Battcock and Beard were also on target.
West Hampstead will welcome Maidenhead on Saturday.