University of East London 2nds reinstated their position at the top of the British University and Colleges Sport League in division four with a 6-1 win against Herefordshire 3rds.
Herefordshire went in to the game top of the league joint on points with UEL but were ahead due to head to head after their narrow victory away from home earlier in the season.
UEL got out of the blocks immediately and within 90 seconds nearly took the lead, as Lahmin Bah attacked the defence and threaded the ball through to Johan Caney-Brown to shoot just inside the box but was comfortably saved. The home side continued to put Herefordshire under pressure and were rewarded six minutes in with the breakthrough with a Rory Delap esk Dylan Feehily long throw was pounced on by Caney-Brown who leapt above everyone and headed into the top right hand corner.
The middle period of the half became scrappy after the goal but the UEL defence stood strong from any pressure from the visitors. As the half came to a close another wave of pressure came from UEL to double their lead with another dangerous throw in from Feehily was too strong for Harry Tew-Robinson but dropped to Henry Hayden inside the six yard box but his first touch was too heavy and the keeper gathered.
With nine minutes remaining of the half a collision involving Aman Gill the UEL left back was enough to see him leave the pitch injured and was replaced by Brandon Manoka. Just before the break UEL nearly doubled their lead down the far left side after great play from Caney-Brown. He then teed it up for William Semain who struck his shot from at least 25 yards with his weak foot which was saved on to the post by the Herefordshire keeper to deny UEL a glorious second.
At half time UEL were pleased with their lead but could have been more clinical in front of goal to be further in front.
The visitors responded three minutes into the second half which stunned the home side after a long ball was not dealt with by the UEL defence and the Herefordshire midfielder burst in to the box and smashed home the leveller. The home side were looking for an immediate response and they regained the lead five minutes later with a typical Feehily throw once again but this time Tew-Robinson rose above everyone to head in from close range to restore UEL’s lead. The hosts nearly extended their lead five minutes later with a great ball by Caney-Brown across the six yard box to Tew-Robinson who looked like he could not miss was somehow parried away by the away keeper but only to Semain who managed to smash his shot well over from close range.
On the stroke of the hour mark UEL used up their remaining two substitutes as Henry Hayden was replaced by Stefan Neilson and Harry Matthews left the field for Victor Lelis who both put in great shifts today. Several minutes later the two substitutes linked up to score the third goal as Neilson’s long free-kick evaded the defence for Lelis to pull off his man, cut back inside and volley his shot which squeezed inside the near post and passed the keeper. UEL put the game beyond reach seven minutes later as again Neilson long free-kick was met by centre back Feehily for Tew-Robinson to tap home from a yard to steam in to a 4-1 lead.
UEL did not sit on their lead and continued to attack and got another superb goal down the far right as Neilson again fed in Caney-Brown who of the turn smashed his shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner to extend their lead even further.
The home side completed the drubbing two minutes from time and Neilson completed his hat-trick of assists as he fed in Tew-Robinson to burst in on goal and waited for the keeper to commit and placed it into the bottom corner to claim his third hat-trick of the season.
UEL go back to the top of table with a hat-trick from Harry Tew-Robinson a brace from Johan Caney-Brown and Victor Lelis popped up with a goal to complete the superb performance from the whole squad and go three points clear with three games remaining. Next week UEL travel to University College of London.
Lineup: Robinson, Gill (Manoka 36), Feehily, Adesina, John, Hayden (Neilson 58), Matthews (Lelis 58), Semain, Bah, Tew-Robinson, Caney-Brown.
Top Goal Scorers (League & Cup)
Harry Tew-Robinson- 12
Henry Hayden- 5
Johan Caney-Brown- 6
Jaden Osei-Bonsu- 1
Ollie Soulsby- 1
Dylan Freehily- 1
Brandon Manoka- 1
Victor Lelis- 1
By Mitchell Young