|Date||28th October 2017|
|Competition||Southern Amateur League|
|Kick-off Time||11:30 am|
|Result||Drew 1 ‐ 1|
Lions made an excellent start to life in the Southern Amateur U21 League with a young side performing creditably to make a point against a good Corinthian Casuals team.
Fielding boys from our Under 18s, some recent graduates and a couple of older heads for experience, the team arrived in good heart.
Early chances were at a premium with both defences on top; Morris and Anders doing well in particular, with Schwarzmann and Jackson giving nothing away at full-back.
Lions midfield play was good in large spells, with Winters, Levine alongside the experienced Levack making some nice moves with Bellman also looking a threat from wide areas.
It took until three minutes after half-time for Lions to find the breakthrough – George Leigh broke down the left with a mazy run and was tripped in the box for a penalty. Up stepped the impressive Jamie Cohen who fired his penalty Pen Goal into the top corner to give Lions the lead.
Casuals responded however, and a mix up allowed their centre-forward time and space on goal to equalise on the hour.
The game became stretched in the closing quarter as both teams pushed for a winner. Bloohn in the Lions goal saved well, with Anders and Lazarus making good last ditch tackles; whilst at the other end Alex Rose had one blocked on the line and Charlie Dryer flashed a shot across goal as Lions nearly pinched it, but honours were even on balance and the spoils were shared.
Co-Manager Nathan Kosky was pleased with the Under 21s first outing: ‘Considering we had no preparation before pulling the team together, the boys couldn’t be faulted for their attitude and application. Individually and as a team we made a really good start together, and everyone enjoyed the challenge.
‘Casuals are a top club, with a huge history. and it was a pleasure to test ourselves against them.’