West Hampstead come from behind to win again

West Hampstead maintained their unbeaten start to the season when they came from behind to beat Gore Court on Saturday at Woodhouse College.

WH were fortunate not to go behind on 15 minutes when skipper Jamie Dru raced back to defend an aerial ball from Gore Court’s Aaron Glass that had beaten the keeper.

The home side kept up the pressure and gained their reward on 27 minutes when Luke Hassler netted a right-post deflection from a short corner.

WH levelled with a superb goal from Dave Leech, who scored from a short corner 10 minutes into the second half.

And Leech put the visitors ahead five minutes later when he deflected in a Mark Little cross without breaking stride.

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Tom Bullock extended West Hampstead’s lead on 65 minutes when he lifted the ball into the net following good build-up play from Chris Bennetts and Little.

“We really found our stride in the second half,” Bullock said. “We upped our work-rate and forced numerous turnovers, which enabled us to create more and more pressure.

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“Dave scored a genuinely high-quality goal that would not have looked out of place in the Premier League.”

The victory boosts WH’s tally for the season to seven points to leave them third in South League Division Two, but level on points with leaders Oxford Hawks and second-placed Tulse Hill & Dulwich.

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