|Date||11th November 2017|
|Kick-off Time||3:00 pm|
|Result||Lost 0 ‐ 1|
Lions were knocked out of the FA Vase 2nd round with a goal in the 85th minute breaking the blues’ hearts.
Attempting to make it to the 3rd Round for the first time, Lions delivered a resilient display against Leighton Town – a team challenging for top spot in the league above us – in what was a fiery game with both teams keen to progress.
With a noisy 140-strong crowd at the Bell Close, Lions made a nervous start, with some of the tension coming from the touchline perhaps transmitting to the players as Leighton began brightly and never allowed Lions to settle with the ball.
The home side should have taken the lead but missed the target after Myeroff’s headed pass fell short of Lipman in goal.
Adam Bolle was shown a yellow card for a tackle that could have produced a red as he attempted to win the ball, but once the team strung some passes together, Lions began to move the ball better as the game moved toward half time.
It was Bolle who looked the most threatening when, as the interval approached, he flashed a header just wide- shortly after he tested the Leighton ‘keeper with a shot.
Leighton were also pressing as the game opened up and Lipman was called into action before the teams went in goalless at the break.
The hosts were playing down the slope and continued to take the game to Lions, but as time ticked on toward the closing stages it felt like the visitors were looking increasingly comfortable – Landesberg and Myeroff in particular putting in real shifts at the heart of the defence.
Lions had some chances to break the deadlock and pinch the win – Landesberg had a header from a corner well blocked, and Mattey had two efforts that narrowly missed.
But it was Leighton who found another gear in the last ten minutes; firstly forcing Dan Lipman into a superb reflex save. This resulted in a flurry of corners that saw Lions desperately keep the ball out. In the 85th minute, and yet another corner, the ball somehow drifted all the way into the net straight from the delivery with just five minutes left on the clock, delivering a roar from the majority of the crowd.
This was hard on Lions as they had fought so hard and a replay looked on the cards, but it just wasn’t to be as despite a few long balls into the danger zone, Leighton had the experience to shut down the game, and Lions FA Vase run was over for the season.
Leighton had been the better team, but not by much and Lions resilience was a credit to the side in what was the narrowest defeat possible.