On a misty morning, Lions U18s travelled to Borehamwood Youth in the Cup for their final match of the season before a well deserved break.
With 7 wins from 7 in the league, the young squad were keen to send a message to the top division.
Within 20 minutes that’s exactly what they’d done, as Sam Hamerton broke through after an incisive pass from Josh Burns and cooly finished past the keeper to give a jubilant Lions side the lead.
This was much deserved after a high intensity start which including hitting the crossbar and forcing two fine saves. Lions continued to keep the ball and create chances as they controlled the tempto, despite conceding a couple of half chances resulting from long balls.
Having gone back out for the second half, Lions knew a clean sheet was enough to send them through in the cup, but that wasn’t enough for the ambitious team. More good work from Josh Burns down the left created an own goal from the hapless defender and the Borehamwood heads began to drop.
As Nathan Anders and Freedie Kramer continued their composed and physical approach, with the security of the vocal and assured Reuben Rabstein behind them, Lions took complete control.
The adventurous fullbacks Ben Feldman and Joseph Gibber began to bomb on with confidence and the chances were plenty. Charlie Dryer and Johnny Rosen both scored fantastic solo goals, as Lions went 4-0 up and cruised towards their 10th win of the season.
Credit to the squad for putting in a determined performance full of quality, confidence and maturity, dispatching a team who had previously outmuscled them in years gone by.
From 1 to 12 it was a team effort and the result reflected a fine away performance.