|Date||25th February 2017|
|Competition||Herts Senior County League - Premier|
|Kick-off Time||3:00 pm|
|Result||Won 9 ‐ 1|
Lions once again proved they are playing at a higher level than the rest of the Herts County Premier Division, thumping nearest rivals on paper Belstone 9-1.
Landesberg’s Lions are now just a maximum of 11 points – or four wins – from the championship and a promotion back to the Spartan South Midlands League with 9 games left of the league season.
Despite Belstone being Lions closest threat to the title, nine goals today followed ten in the cup two weeks ago against the Radlett side, and really reflects the gulf currently between Lions and the rest of the league.
Lions opened the score from an unlikely source when Harry Hatchwell headed home from Austin Lipman’s high cross, scoring his first goal of the season and only his third in over 60 Lions games.
With fourteen minutes on the clock, it was Adam Lipman this time creating goals when his run down the wing and cross was turned in by a Belstone defender for two-nil.
With a quarter of the game gone, the only surprise was that James Gershfield was not on the scoresheet, but he rectified that as Lions made it three and opened the gap to an irretrievable distance.
That said, Belstone didn’t lie down and pulled one back before half time just to keep things alive, but Lions are in supremely confident mode at the moment and the second half saw a ruthless dismissal of any comeback.
Max Kyte replaced the injured Adam Burchell at the interval, and the big striker got straight in on the act following some great play from Austin Lipman and Kyte made it 4-1.
The fifth soon followed, deservedly for Austin Lipman who scored one having been at the heart of Lions creativity and reached the 25-goal mark for the season.
Kyte added another courtesy of Josh Kennet’s centre before Gershfield completed an almost obligatory hat-trick – his third treble in the last four games – with two quick-fire goals.
Skipper Josh Kennet completed the scoring with a well-earned goal, and Lions were home and dry.
Despite all the goalscoring glory, it was again a team effort with Jake Furman dominant in midfield and the back line not allowing Belstone the opportunity to get a foot hold.
On this form, the Spartan South Midlands League should be wary as a title win in March looks increasingly inevitable from this young side.