West Hampstead’s De Roy tops the charts
West Hampstead 1st XI 7
West Hampstead 2nd XI 2
ROGIER de Roy surged to the top of the goal-scoring table after he netted twice in West Hampstead’s easy win over their second team at Brent Cross on Saturday.
De Roy (pictured right) registered either side of the break to bag his 18th and 19th goals of the season to leave him a goal clear of Ramgarhia’s Prabjot Hunjan, at the top of the Middx, Berks, Buck and Oxon table.
De Roy hit the second and seventh goals for West Hampstead firsts, who have now scored 87 times in 14 games this campaign.
Such is their dominance of the league they field three of the top five scorers in the division, with Mark Little and Harry Willets sharing fourth place with 13 goals apiece.
De Roy seemed likely to open the scoring on Saturday when he stormed into the D and blasted the ball towards goal, only for the keeper to block the shot, but Dave Leech was first to react and rifled the ball into the net.
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De Roy struck minutes later when he displayed good skills to break through and slot home for a 2-0 advantage.
Player-coach Jack Beard added a third goal and Ben Battcock completed the first-half scoring when he was first to the ball, after a short corner had broken down, and whipped it in.
However, the seconds refused to go down without a fight and cut the deficit to 4-2 after goals from Joergen Jaehnig and Konstantin Oelfke soon after the restart.
But the firsts were having none of it and Mark Little replied with a goal from a short corner for a 5-2 advantage.
Tom Gooding then scored his first goal for the club, following good build up play from his skipper, Jamie Dru, who made a good run, before pulling the ball back to Gooding who scored.
Their seventh goal came after another short corner had broken down. The second team’s keeper made three good saves, but was finally beaten by De Roy’s shot from close range.
Beard said: “I think it was quite a good performance by everyone in the team. We picked ourselves up from last weekend which although we won 2-0, wasn’t in keeping with [the high standard of] the current form.
“What we realised from last week was that after the big game against Slough, we took our foot off the gas and thought it was going to be a walk in the park.
“It is evident that we can get by ok in this league but if we want to be playing in the league higher we need to keep our foot on the gas.”
West Hampstead are away to Ramgarhia on Saturday.